As the Washington Redskins’ 2017 season limps to a close, owner Daniel Snyder is said to be disappointed with the team’s performance and angry over the public debacle that resulted from the firing of general manager Scot McCloughan in the spring. His marketing team, meanwhile, is tracking less-than-rosy data on game-day attendance; season ticket sales; TV ratings; and the confidence (or lack of it) of premium-seat holders in “team executives,” “the team’s overall visions/strategy” and “team performance in 2017,” via a recently circulated email survey. But Snyder doesn’t plan to fire Coach Jay Gruden regardless of whether the team finishes 8-8 or 7-9 after Sunday’s regular season finale at the New York Giants, according to a team official and associates familiar with his thinking. Nor does he intend to replace team President Bruce Allen despite evidence of his unpopularity, believing that continuity is the best course. Barring a humiliating loss to the 2-13 Giants and an 11th-hour change of heart, Snyder will retain Gruden, who has three years remaining on his contract, and grant Allen a ninth year as his chief football adviser. If so, it would represent a departure for the often-impetuous owner. Since he bought the Redskins and their Landover stadium for $800 million in May 1999, Snyder has cycled through eight head coaches and 16 starting quarterbacks. Meanwhile, his investment has roughly quadrupled. As of September 2017, the Redskins were valued at $3.1 billion, according to Forbes magazine. Heading into the 2018 offseason, Snyder’s focus, according to the team official, is on strengthening a roster that had three players selected to the Pro Bowl; resolving the uncertainty at quarterback (Is Kirk Cousins worth the $34.5 million a third franchise tag would cost to bar his departure? Is he worth the still-costly gamble of an NFL transition tag?); and figuring out how to prevent the plague of injuries that ended the season of more than one-third of the Week 1 starters.
The blow-it-up Redskins appear ready to gamble on stability
Washington Post | Dec 31