Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
I know a few Redskins fans would like for me to focus on the addition of offensive tackle Levi Jones, but it's tough to ignore the elephant in the room. The Skins are an organization on the brink, and who knows what will happen next. There have been reports this week that former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan was offered the head-coaching position, but he declined because he didn't feel like the current situation was conducive to turning the team around.
If those reports are true, I think Shanahan's made a wise choice. No matter how much money owner Dan Snyder's willing to play, most folks don't like being set up for failure. That's why I feel sorry for temporary head coach Jim Zorn. There's a chance he would've been a decent offensive coordinator -- but he was given a bump in title when Snyder and his right-hand man, Vinny Cerrato, couldn't find a splashy enough name to become head coach.
On Monday, native Washingtonian and my former colleague at the Dallas Morning News, Kevin Blackistone, called his beloved Redskins the "worst-run franchise in pro sports in the country, if not on the planet."
"This isn't an easily won designation," writes Blackistone. "There are a lot of poorly run sports teams around, like Al Davis' Oakland Raiders, Donald Sterling's Los Angeles Clippers and Peter Angelos' Baltimore Orioles. But those teams aren't on the Forbes magazine list of ten highest valued sports franchises on earth like Washington."
The Redskins are third on that list, right behind the Dallas Cowboys. Of the top three teams on the list, only Manchester United of the English Premier League has experienced consistent playoff success over the past decade or so. Of course, the Skins' 2-3 record in the playoffs during the Snyder era beats what Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has accomplished during that same time period, but I think it's fair to say that Jones enjoys a better relationship with his club's fan base than Snyder has with his.
The Redskins are embarrassing themselves on many levels right now -- and it all starts with Snyder. Sally Jenkins of the Post thinks that firing Cerrato and replacing him with a strong general manager might be a good place to start. And while that sounds logical, it certainly doesn't sound like something Snyder would do.
I have a list of two or three excellent young candidates for a GM position in the league, but I hate to waste it on the Redskins.