I'm going to jump right into it:
1. Dan has built a nice resume of partnering with some of the best football minds in this era.
- Norv Turner (2x superbowls as OC, 250 games as HC)
- Marty Shottenheimer (6th all-time in wins as HC)
- Joe Gibbs (3x Super Bowl winner)
- Mike Shanahan (2x Super Bowl winner, 1x SB as OC)
- Jay Gruden (7x top 10 passing offense as HC, OC)
- Scott McGloughan (SEA and SFO Super Bowl architect)
- Eric Schaeffer, respected contract negotiator
- Brian Lafemina, respected NFL executive
2. We are finally seeing the right approach in how to build a team.
Being fiscally prudent, building through the draft, signing our own, while creating a relevant identity.
Since 2012, we have had fairly good offenses - by investing properly in:
- First offensive minded coaches: Mike, Kyle, Mcvay, Jay. (which is smart in this era of football)
- Second the QB position: RG3, Cousins, Smith, McCoy
- Third, the offensive line: Resign Trent, draft/resign Moses, draft Scherff, draft Rollier, Christian
In the past 4 offseasons, with the foundation on offense fermenting, we have begun to invest in defense:
- First drafting pass rusher: Preston Smith
- Second signing top 5 CB in Norman
- Third, investing in very good defensive positional coaches: Gray, Tomsula, Manusky(originally as LB coach)
- Fourth, drafting d-line: Ionadis, Allen, Payne, Settle
- Fifth, drafting quality defensive BPA: Fuller, Jarret, Moreau, Nicholson, Apke
Planning for the future
- Cap space in 2019 and beyond for Crowder, Smith, Scherff (not signing any big name FAs to take away from signing our own)
- Loading up on compensatory picks for 2019 (4-5, maximum allowed)
- Retaining all 2019 draft picks (7)
3. Stability in Leadership
The first HC to be signed an extension under Snyder is Jay Gruden. Jay is a solid coach.
Jay consistently puts out a .500 squad or better, with a top 10 passing offense consistently.
With a bit of luck and things falling our way for once, Jay could easily find himself with an 11 win team.
In summary, Dan has some more growing to do for sure. One, getting us to at least a NFC conference title game and SB, however incremental progress is what we have steadily seen the past 5-10 years. Dare I say is he maturing as a competent owner.
P.S. I have hated Snyder for a while now. I wanted Shottenheimer to continue as HC. I wanted Greg Williams as HC after Gibbs left. I wanted Mike/Kyle over RG3. I wanted Kirk over RG3. I wanted Scott over Bruce. The list goes on....that said, there is no denying the above three pillars to Dan's maturation: Partnering with great football minds, building teams the right way, and creating stability in leadership - we are seeing the fruits of these 3 pillars ferment into the current make up and forward looking trajectory of our team.