While reflecting on his team’s struggles this season, Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers was quick to note that Daniel Snyder doesn’t escape blame.
“We’ve got a lot of things we need to iron out, a lot of problems,” cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “It’s from personnel to coaches to whatever it is, there’s a lot of things we need to iron out, and until we address those issues and turn it around, we’re going to be the same, going up and down. It not only starts with the players, coaches; it starts with the ownership. They bring everybody in and they’ve got last say-so of everything, so that’s where it starts, I guess.”
It’s unusual for a player to implicate owner Dan Snyder and executive vice president for football operations Vinny Cerrato along with everyone else. After painting that picture, Rogers was asked what could be done in the short team to address the team’s needs.
“You can’t do too much right now,” Rogers said. “You just have to go with what you’ve got and make the best for it, and that’s what we’re doing. They’re making changes where they feel they need to make changes. Other than that, players are going to have to step up, coaches are going to have to step up, and we’ve just got to find a way — that’s the bottom line — we’ve got to find a way to turn it around and deal with what we’ve got.”
The Redskins will have a hard time winning with Snyder in control. He signs free agents at will with no regard for team chemistry and then wonders why his jambalaya never pans out. What’s interesting is that now his players are starting to realize his methods don’t work.
Barring a dramatic turnaround, Jim Zorn will be fired at the end of the season. But for real change to occur, Snyder is going to have to allow his general manager and scouting staff to find players and not meddle in their game plan by carelessly throwing money at top dollar free agents. If he can’t trust his staff to put together successful roster, then the Redskins are doomed because he certainly doesn’t have what it takes to build a winner with his current strategy.