A recent article on Bloguin.com ranked all NFL owners for their “Likeability”. And I guess it should come as no surprise to Washington Redskins fans that our owner Daniel Snyder came in last in the rankings. I know the perception by fans around the league is that Snyder is an egotistical and meddling team owner. But how do Redskins fans feel about him?
I have a lot of respect for Dan Snyder because I know at heart he’s a true Redskins fan. And those of us who are also can relate to that feeling regardless of race or whether you’re rich or poor. Those memories particularly from the Joe Gibbs era are special and the players and games from that time continue to ignite the passions of the Redskins fan base even today.And I believe that Snyder wants to re-create that feeling for Redskins fans again. And I think that’s one of the reasons why he refuses to change the name. But Snyder has made some mistakes along the way and some of them have frustrated Redskins fans and been hard to deal with over the years.
Like when Snyder first became owner of the Redskins and basically took the George Steinbrenner route to try to win a Super bowl by buying a championship and overspending on aging players. And when that didn’t work he tried to re-invent the wheel and run the team himself. Going through a parade of head coaches in the process.
Firing Marty Schottenheimer after one season. Then the two-year run with Steve Spurrier. But who wasn’t happy about the return of Joe Gibbs? I know I was. But then came the Jim Zorn debacle. And then going back to a big name hire with Mike Shanahan. But through it all Redskins fans have stuck by Dan Snyder.
Why? Because he’s our owner and like Snyder we love Washington Redskins football. Even with all the negative publicity and political pressure stemming from Snyder’s fight not to change the Redskin name, the fans mostly seem to be fighting right beside him. Because it’s that feeling of community more than the name that unites us.
So as a Redskins fan I don’t necessarily like everything Dan Snyder has done as an owner. But from one Redskins fan to another I can say that for the most part I do like Dan Snyder. How about you? Do you like Dan Snyder?