Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Snyder should hire Jimmy Johnson -- as GM
By Dan Graziano
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon has a really good take this morning on what needs to happen with the Redskins. Wilbon uses Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers' "it starts with ownership" quote as a jumping-off point for suggesting that the club desperately needs a change in philosophy.
Of course, saying that executive vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato needs to be fired isn't exactly breaking new ground, but Wilbon has some new ammunition provided by former Cowboys and Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson:
"Realize that a great 53-man roster is what wins championships, not five or six high-priced stars," Johnson said on the Fox pregame show Sunday. "Dan Snyder builds his team like its fantasy football and that's a big negative. The Redskins need a GM who can prevent Snyder from making decisions while letting Snyder think he's involved. Who can work that magic? I don't know."
Let those words sink in for a minute. Yep, it sounds like Johnson's talking about his time with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the early 90s. Johnson made all the football decisions, but for the most part, he tried to make Jones feel like he was a part of things. Wilbon goes on to say that the Skins should pay Bill Polian $30 million to leave the Colts, but that's not going to happen.
If Snyder was somehow convinced to spend that type of money on a GM, why not back the Brinks truck up to Johnson's place in the Keys? I know that Johnson loves his "retirement" more than anyone, but you could at least try to stoke his competitive fires (and ego) by offering him something similar to what Bill Parcells has with the Dolphins. Snyder could even give Johnson the weekends off. It's not like you're asking him to coach the team.
Anyway, here's the part of Wilbon's column I really loved:
"And where would such a change of philosophy start? It starts with ownership, of course. And while Carlos Rogers might find himself in a pickle for saying so, that doesn't change the fact that his assessment is right on the money. Rogers, Johnson, they're both spot on. The Redskins' powers-that-be are good at directing anger at the messenger without ever taking note of the message, even if everybody outside looking in knows exactly what needs to change."
"Good at directing anger at the messenger without ever taking note of the message." That's about as well as you can say it. And just so you know, Jimmy Johnson wouldn't take the Redskins job in a million years.
But it never hurts to ask.