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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Flash Points: Redskins' defining moment

By Jeffri Chadiha

What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Redskins --for better or worse? Give us your take and we’ll give you our definitive moment on May 27.

The Redskins have been so dysfunctional for most of the past decade that it’s easy to forget why their fans have been so frustrated. Remember, this used to be one of the most reliable franchises in all of pro football. The Redskins were defined by shrewd personnel decisions, such as the deal that brought quarterback Sonny Jurgensen to town in 1964. They were blessed with one legendary coach who was known for his vibrant, infectious nature (George Allen) and another so cerebral that he looked like he was teaching a calculus course from the sideline on game days (Joe Gibbs).

Then Daniel Snyder bought the team in 1999 and everything changed. This isn’t to say that Snyder doesn’t want to win as much as his predecessors. It’s just that he hasn’t quite discovered what it took to create the history that his fan base fondly remembers.

What those people know all too well is that there was a time when it didn’t matter who wore the uniform; the team just won year in and year out. There was an undeniable style to the Redskins, a certain business-like approach that set them apart from everybody else and resulted in memorable championship runs. This is still a team that won three Super Bowls under Gibbs with three different quarterbacks, and that accomplishment says plenty about this organization’s consistency. That dependability helped make Washington one of the most valued franchises in all of professional sports. It’s also the biggest reason that supporters still expect so much from it.

What is your Redskins defining moment? If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.