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Halfway Hilarity: Three Myths About The Washington Redskins

The national media has been getting all over the Washington Redskins this week for losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last weekend and the interpersonal aftermath.

After the loss that dropped the team to 3 wins and 7 losses, quarterback Robert Griffin III (RG3) said some stuff during the press conference about how, in order to succeed, “it takes all 11 guys on offense.”

Coach Jay Gruden didn’t like this and said at his presser that Robert, who had a horrible game, needs to worry about himself. Basically, the coach said his QB needs to shut up and that, by implication, his performance in the disastrous loss to the bedeviled Buccaneers blew.

This is the latest of a few hundred million ugly scenes involving the Redskins since they last won the Super Bowl in 1991. Labeled a putrid organization on every level imaginable for decades, Washington’s favorite franchise has only won 34 percent of its games over this time period.

Amid this cloudy environment, I believe it’s high time to set the record straight about this organization. The truth is they are misunderstood. Mythology about them runs rampant. They get a bad rap. The three biggest myths are:

Myth #1: They are dysfunctional . They are not dysfunctional. All organizations have their problems. People sometimes don’t get along, say the wrong things, hurt each other’s feelings, throw each under the Winnebago, snipe, lose all the time, run out of money, fire their leaders, play favorites, do just enough to get by, just go to work because of the paycheck. The Redskins are getting it done. They are living the dream. They have a purpose. They are focused. RG3 said as much yesterday during his presser: “We are focused on San Francisco.” They play the 49ers this weekend. No matter how uncomfortable the press questions were about he felt about being humiliated by his coach, he stuck to the message. “We are focused on San Francisco. “ It’s a shrewd PR strategy. Don’t answer any press questions directly. Give no information. Repeat the corporate line. Say the same thing enough times and pretty soon you will start to believe they really are focused on San Francisco. Bosses tell people to work for them to shut up and do their jobs and stop complaining. This is how functional organizations roll.

Myth #2: Redskins owner Dan Snyder is an annoying, money-grabbing, self-centered, power-driven narcissist. Not true. Dan is likable. Dan is approachable. Dan has a certain style about him that we should emulate. He carries himself with confidence. He is a good person. He cares about others. He is warm and inspiring. He makes people feel good about themselves. Altruistic and philanthropic, Dan pays his players lots of money even those who are washed up. That shows he cares for the needy. They are bad players but he helps them by giving them lucrative contracts to set them up for retirement. Dan doesn’t play favorites. He doesn’t just hang out with his star quarterback even though people accuse him of that. He wants to circulate with the lesser players, the little people, those who have far less than him.

Dan has feelings for others. Dan gets a kick out of making money, but he gives it all away. He is not all obsessed with winning, which can be a sickness. He is more concerned with selling out Redskins games so he accumulates more wealth. This helps his situation more than the Redskins winning. He has his priorities in line: himself. This is how people should be. Selfishness, obnoxiousness and running a losing organization are admirable qualities as long as you are doing it for the betterment of yourself.

Myth #3: the Redskins are losers. Losing is relative. Are they losing in the game of life? I don’t think so. They are doing the best they can and the score at the end of the game shows their score is lower. So be it. Relax. This has been going on non-stop since 1991. Losing teaches life lessons. It gives people understanding of how not to do things. You know the old fable about Thomas Edison. Asked about his journey to invent the light bulb and all the flawed attempts leading up to it, he said he didn’t fail. He just found out 99 ways how to not build a light bulb, which was valuable and fulfilling on a human level. Then he figured out how to do it the 100th time. This is what the Redskins have been doing since 1991. They have been figuring out all the ways to not win football games. They are immersed in an enriching learning experience. All learning is good even if it is repeatedly learning how to be bad at something. The key is they haven’t made the same mistakes over and over, which is the definition of insanity. They have made adjustments based on their learning. They have changed coaches 85 times. They have brought in new high priced free agents who can no longer player, but at least they have been new ones. They have tried 85 different quarterbacks.

None of this has worked. But they keep trying. What makes them not losers is they persist. They keeping searching for a way, get up in the morning, face the losing, admit they lose all the time, and figure out more ways to keep losing. Consistency is their motto. At least they are figuring something out. Many people can’t say that. The Redskins get someplace real: losing.

They are focused on San Francisco.

They are going to lose.

 

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