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Lubnow 1 Brian Lubnow Professor LoMascolo English 1106 3:30 Tues.-Thurs. 8 February 2011 The Reckless Redskin The Washington Redskins are one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. Since their creation in 1932, they have played in five Super Bowls, winning three of them, and have consistently been a dominant football program. But since 1999, the team’s success has run out. In those 11 seasons, the Redskins have made the playoffs only three times, and have finished in last place in six of those seasons (NFL Standings). This year marked the beginning of a long stretch of disparity amongst Washington’s football fans. 1999 also marked the first season under the new owner, Daniel Snyder. These two events are no coincidence. Snyder, current owner of the Washington Redskins, is the reason why the team has fallen from the elite of the National Football League. Unless significant changes are made by the owner, the team will stay near the bottom of the league. In the NFL, there are three main ways in which a team can improve. The first of which, and the way that Snyder has failed at the most often has been free agency. Free agency is when a
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Lubnow 2 player who is not currently on a team signs a contract to play with a new team. This is typically the easiest, fastest way to make drastic improvements to a team immediately, as experience players who have had success are available for the taking. Year after year, the Redskins are one of the most active teams in the free agent market. However, active clearly has not meant successful. Every off-season, Dan Snyder pursues the players who he thinks are the best available. But unfortunately for Redskins fans, he has failed to bring in any talent whatsoever. In 2009, Snyder signed defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth to one of the most expensive contracts ever signed in the NFL. One short year later, Haynesworth refused to play, and sat on the sidelines for most of the 2010 season. In 2001, defensive player Deion Sanders was signed. Sanders had had a Hall of Fame career, but when he
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