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  1. DGF. He didn't rattle some of the players. He made them hate him. Pure hatred. Marty wasn't the same guy here as he was elsewhere. Here he was Alexander Haig. And he wanted to prove it. Cutting our lone Pro Bowler for wearing a hat. Having Darrell Green do fundamental punt catching drills just to see him dance. Lavar did like him. Dozens of players would have held out or quit had he remained or not changed. That's something well understood. The rallying cry was a team meeting where the outcome was "**** that son of a ****, play for us." And they did reasonably well. That Marty was a complete failure does not denote Spurrier was a complete success. He failed to produce as well. His failure was one of knowledge, execution and coaching philosophy, not demeanor and behavior. You can't coach the NFL to protect outside in and survive. He did because he felt if you saw a guy rushing you as a QB you could throw the ball before he hit you. While potentially true, when you have Patrick Ramsey who played like a deer in headlights, it doesn't work. That Spurrier also failed doesn't mean Marty succeeded. He came in to prove he was the sheriff. He made a total ass of himself turning the team against him -- again, except Lavar. And when told about it he said he would make no alterations whatsoever. Had he stayed, the following year's team would have gone 0-16. You can only harness that hatred to positive effect once. But, none of this is revisionist. I've been writing this since 2001, including indicating he had to be fired WHILE we were winning because the team was done with him. The man was an embarrassment because of how he behaved, not that he couldn't have been good.
  2. Snyder has ZERO input during Marty's time. That's a known fact. So you actually proved my point. You also proved a hazy memory. Marty was a failure. He cut Larry Centers for wearing a baseball cap. He alienated Darrell Green. Marty was a complete failure. THAT team rallied to 8-8 IN SPITE of Marty. The team got together and decided, every man, BUT Lavar, to IGNORE the coaches and just play for themselves. Dozens of the players would never have come back had Marty been here. It was a mutiny the likes the league had never seen. Snyder would STILL have kept him, but things like getting the players ice cream, but ONLY letting them have vanilla, because that was his favorite, didn't work, and Marty accepted no concept he needed to modify his game mildly to avoid a melt down. Marty generally embarrassed himself. Players like Chris Samuels took him down for being atrocious. Vinny Cerrato worked under Gibbs just fine. Snyder's most involvement with the team was during the Zorn time. And he realized that wasn't working pretty quickly. So he went back to the Marty model with Shanny. And, yes, Shanny wanted RGIII AND is the one who paid that price. Shanny, and everyone in the organization, wanted RGIII for less. But given an option of NOT getting him or paying more than they wanted, Shanny picked to pay more. Snyder owns the team. And like JKC and every owner in the league, including Kraft, when there is general disagreement among people in the organization, he sits and listens. If Belichick traded Tom Brady, he'd have to go to Kraft first. And he might get told no. That Brady is too much a part of the team's marketing and branding that even if it HELPED them for years to come, the financial loss would be too great. Football is still a business. Not each decision is a "football" only thing. When you cross in to the business, you typically have to talk to the man who handles it and that's always the guy who owns the team.
  3. That Robinson article cited a few days before the combine he was tipped off about something going on. On Feb. 6 Scot's grandmother died. On Feb. 28 the combine started. You are correct that's when things were starting to blossom into crisis mode. Why? Because this writer wasn't the only one being told by their sources inside NFL teams that no one could reach Scot. Otherwise we'd never have seen or heard any of this.
  4. This is fiction. Snyder doesn't offer input. Beyond, "If you want it, sure, but you'd better be right." That's been the case for years. You people who think he has even the smallest input into any aspect of our draft board, free agent targets, etc., are just, simply, wildly, wrong. Snyder has zippo to do with what the people who work for him want to do beyond paying for it and ensuring they know they are accountable for mistakes. Snyder's problem may be he's a tad too deferential to subordinates. Remember, in all those stories you read recently about Scot convincing Dan that Cousins was the guy, not "Dan's best buddy" RGIII, no one pointed out, Dan did what he was bid by his people. In spite of this close personal friendship with a player who is, I believe, out of the league.
  5. There was never a power struggle. Scot was never in power. He had full control over the free agent board, draft board and draft, ultimately. Gruden had full control over the final 53, as is proper, as well as the depth chart. And, yes, it's 100 percent true his voicemail was full and reporters have even reported it. It is accurate to say the team's leadership wanted Scot to be more productive as a GM as none of our success as a team in two years was due to his players. "Do your job", is exactly a phrase he heard. It's no secret Dan Snyder took a page out of Jack Kent Cooke's playbook. "You want this, ok, but you better be right." He was not right enough. Now, we still have a batch of guys who could turn him into a genius yet. If Doctson can play, and we get a couple other players to develop and, say, Spraight becomes a stud, then we'll be loving Scot for years. I do think over time he'd have been fine. He just lost his **** at the end. You can't go dark in this league and it's not the first time he's done that.
  6. Because, as i said and we all know, the Skins handled the exit entirely wrongly with the anonymous dump on Scot. They didn't need to do that. Had the team given just their two sentence announcement and allowed no other info they'd have come out pretty squeaky. But, as they are often happy to do to themselves, they botched it at the end.
  7. I can confirm people in leadership and the players drink. Hell, I have, personally, been tasked with driving out of dry Dallas to a neighboring county to acquiring vodka for players and coaches to take on the plane back to D.C.. This is not unique to Washington. People drink. They are on the road having fun and they drink. Young guys are rich and they drink. Clinton Portis turned his house into a nightclub with stripper poles at night so he could party hard in his house and not get in legal trouble. Champ Bailey had 8 kids in the family box cause he liked to get hammered and nail chicks, which lead his wife to demanding he go somewhere else, so he went to Denver and ****ed them there too. You live fast in the NFL. Scot's problem isn't that the Redskins were a bad environment for a drinker. It was he was a drinker who liked a water bottle of vodka at 9 a.m. instead of starting at 7 p.m. when **** got rolling. NO ONE at Redskins Park drinks during the day, or on game day. Scot did in three locations. That's a Scot thing, not a Redskins thing. I had a vacation day today from work and just got home after 15 Guinness and 4 shots. I feel GREAT. I drank all day. It was "special". For Scot, this was a Monday. But that's not a downfall. As long as he's working and holding it together it doesn't matter if he's tipping. In February he was tipping and stopped working. He stopped performing his duties. Stopped answering his phone. He was likely morning his grandmother and fell deep in a hole and he couldn't get himself to come out of it and restart. That doesn't mean he always agreed with everyone at Redskins Park or that he always did. He would still be our GM if his voicemail in his office starting around February 9 didn't report back to callers, "This voicemail box is full." It's as simple as it gets.
  8. So, for clarity Cali. This is all reported. Nothing in the Jones report in the Post is one iota different, from a "control" standpoint than I wrote. He just wrote it as if it was weird the coaching staff has final roster composition when, in fact, it's weird for it NOT to. The team is, even now, going off Scot's free agency board for signings. This has been reported multiple times. This is how it has been. Scot doesn't have anything to do with acquisition. He sets the priority and the contract people make it go. Additionally, it HAS actually be reported that other personnel people have asked reporters what's happening with Scot because he's not answering texts and his voice mail is full. This is ALL in the public domain. So, why is Breer, Jones, Russell, et. al., insistent that the termination was solely a power play? Hard to know for sure, other than they have a vested interest in making it seem like they had it right, when they did not. And, for the record, one can not have a "power struggle" when ALL reporting has TWO things right. First, Scot had to convince Dan AND Bruce that Cousins was our guy. Meaning, the two guys he convinced WERE in power. It wasn't a struggle. Scot, as their subordinate, sold an idea to his bosses. And, importantly, Bruce fired him. There was no power struggle. Scot has had a boss since he arrived. His boss fired him. Yes, his boss was irritated a guy who had LESS to do with our successful roster than HE DID HIMSELF -- as Bruce had more players acquired under him who helped us than Scot did -- that somehow Scot was doing a good job when he was not, but ultimately his boss got about 100 calls from people saying, "Dude, we're trying to reach your GM to talk about stuff but he's not answering." That is hard to recover from.
  9. You do me too great a kindness LKB. Even I can not save it this late but had they reached out earlier, sure. All I can do is point out when your GM stops taking calls or answering texts, you kind of have to fire him :).
  10. No clue whatsoever. Like everyone else, I'm sure, I hope it's not Dominick :).
  11. It isn't that he wasn't answering the media. No one cares about that at Redskins Park. He wasn't answering other GMs calling and texting to talk. His voicemail at Redskins Park was full. Calls were not going through. He wasn't answering any texts from TEAMS. This has actually been reported AS such so it's not a secret. Other personnel people were asking media guys if they knew what was happening. Well before the combine and before the news really started flaring up. After two weeks he kind of came back but was not doing well. He was still pretty hammered. The Feb. 20 thing wasn't that he was being fired. Even him missing the combine wasn't. When Bruce said the team thought he'd be back after the combine, I think that's true. They figured he was just on a bender and would get it back together. Once they realized how much he'd been missing it forced their hand. And they needed him responsive once free agency started. It was clear he wasn't ready to be that I believe. This happened when it did because Scot didn't handle the death well at the same time his job was the most stressful and pressing and he had a serious relapse. The Cooley speculation wasn't directed by the team, but at the same time, Cooley knows the deal. It wasn't idle. He wasn't GUESSING.
  12. Actually, they couldn't have fired him a week from now. They gave him time. They were even going to let him miss the combine and maybe still save things. But as free agency was bearing down and the team's GM was not returning calls or return contacts from other teams the team HAD to fire him so other teams could contact OTHER PEOPLE in the organization. As an example, we couldn't possibly trade Cousins if our GM wasn't taking calls. No, the team did not handle it well. But they fired him the only time they could given the situation.
  13. No, it has not been documented. It's been "rumored" and printed, which is not necessarily factual. Here is a fact. Scot was in total control of the draft, 100 percent. Scot was in total control of the free agent list and priority. But, Scot had nothing to do with the acquisition. He simply gave a list and the team tried to acquire based on parameters. Scot had total control of the PRE training camp roster. Once training camp started, the coaching staff had a greater role and where disagreement on a roster cut took place the team did side with the coaching staff who had to actually put the guys on the field and this is ENTIRELY normal. Gruden has and should have control over the roster composition.
  14. In fairness to the guy, McCloughan did not do a very good job for us, at least insofar as bringing in talent. I think he did a fine job setting a new philosophy. I think his talent prowess will improve should Doctson be any good, if Smith takes another step and if we get another starter or two out of the last couple drafts, but, by in large, the Redskins have been competitive for two years with Scot in spite of him, not because of him. The players defining our best were not his. One can only state Crowder and Scherff have been high performers he brought in. Cousins, Garcon, Jackson, Williams, Reid, Kerrigan, Breeland, Baker, etc., etc., etc., all predated him. The core talent was already here for him. He put together the least talented defense I've ever seen. He put together the least deep defense I've ever seen. I do not think he had enough time to do everything, but it would be fiction to state he did a great job bringing players in for us. He stabilized our cap situation and set us forward on a good path with how to approach free agency. His drafts will be better if a couple guys can contribute, but our strengths existed before him, and our weaknesses existed because of him in large part. I'd ABSOLUTELY have kept him as I think over time it would have worked. But to this point he's not been that good.
  15. There's a reason. He was working for 18 months. He stopped in early February. He disappeared. He stopped answering calls and texts. The decision was because Scot lost it when his grandmother died and there was no choice. Had this happened in October, it would have happened then. You can't be in this position in the NFL and go several weeks without answering other teams calling you about stuff. You can NOT do it.