I fully get that, and I'm not even saying I disagree with you. At this point, I in my heart have the same questions, and have my own doubts that we will ever become a winning franchise as long as he's in charge. I'm not necessarily referring to fans in your position, I'm more looking at the fans who clearly are closed minded in thinking that Snyder is evil and can never do any good, regardless of how successful the team is. I will freely admit that Snyder has (on the surface) appeared to do what all fans have wanted him to do, and that's hand the football ops over to a football guy who has experience. His downfall is that Allen is the guy he did it with, and it clearly didnt change the direction of the franchise. I think over the last 12 months, Snyder has taken another step in the right direction. Allen's responsibilities have diminished, and people have been put in place. We have 2 legit front office up and comers that (from what I've heard) are destined to be high level execs in the future... Now this is all just anticipation on my part, but I have to freely admit that I like the direction that the team is going in.
We wanted to address the trenches via the draft and development. As it stands right now, 4 / 5 starters on the O-line, and 2/3 (if you go by the 'base' 3-4 formation) starters on the D-line were drafted.... that's assuming McGee starts the season but is likely to get supplanted by one of the young bucks we drafted.
We've been very selective in our free agency, and have not had a BIG contract written since Josh Norman who was a product of opportunity.
We have stability at the QB position with a very capable player. Albeit not the 'guy' we all wanted to have here for the future in Kirk Cousins, and the events causing that divorce are in large part due to our own FO, but we also didnt get desperate and handcuff the team to try to save face in the headlines.
We've had clear and decisive ideas about player contracts and negotiations, and what would appear to be a bigger picture plan in place regarding the signing of people like Gallette and Bree. Both of those guys had a lot of fan support, but the F.O. appeared to have a better idea than we did, now that we see 2 of our top FAs in this class are still sitting at home without a contract in place.
Looking at this direction, it would appear on the surface to me, that Snyder is letting football people run the football team, and he's at least attempting to surround himself with people that are smarter than him.. something that a good manager needs to do. These are all moves that the team made, that I'm sure he had VERY LITTLE influence on, because they're football moves made by football people.
EDIT: That all said, not once have I ever said or felt any level of pride or happiness that he owns the team...