NFL: 3 Mistakes the Washington Redskins Can’t Afford to Repeat

NFL: 3 Mistakes the Washington Redskins Can't Afford to Repeat
Washington Redskins helmet | Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Washington Redskins have experienced an interesting past decade, to say the least. There was Robert Griffin III; the fall of RGIII; two playoff berths where basically no one believed in the team; and, of course, four coaches over the past nine seasons.

Basically, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind for the Redskins, and there are a few things that the team just flat out can’t do again if they want to find a way to turn this ship around. We know what you’re thinking: “But the Redskins went 9-7 and won the NFC East in 2015.”

Can you really convince yourself that the team you saw in 2015 is that good? Even if you can, you’ll likely still agree that the Redskins just can’t afford to repeat the three things below. Let’s start with RGIII himself, but instead of ripping into the quarterback, we’ll discuss something else.

1. Anything like that RGIII trade

NFL: 3 Mistakes the Washington Redskins Can't Afford to Repeat
Robert Griffin III, now with the Cleveland Browns | Leff/Getty Images

Yes, Griffin led the Redskins to the playoffs back in 2012. Now, he’s playing for the Cleveland Browns. In turn, Washington is starting the quarterback who they selected in the fourth round of the very same draft, Kirk Cousins. It wasn’t so much that the Redskins traded up to the No. 2 overall pick to land Griffin, but it’s how much they gave up for him.

Dan Snyder and company handed over three first-round picks and a second-round pick to get the quarterback from Baylor. The team essentially gave up their future for the next three seasons in order to take Griffin, which will go down as one of the worst trades by a team in NFL draft history. The good news? It’s a pretty safe bet that the Redskins won’t do anything like that ever again. Or, at least we hope they won’t.

2. The massive free agency disasters… Albert Haynesworth

NFL: 3 Mistakes the Washington Redskins Can't Afford to Repeat
Albert Haynesworth | Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

It’s not just the seven-year, $100 million deal that Dan Snyder handed over to Haynesworth — although that was really, really brutal. Snyder has made plenty of terrible free agency decisions. At the time that Haynesworth received his massive deal, the $41 million guaranteed that came along with it was a record.

In total, the Redskins got 20 games out of him, resulting in just 6.5 total sacks. It was a disaster, but let’s not forget the other signings, such as wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and Adam Archuleta. Snyder made Archuleta the highest-paid safety at the time, as he landed a six-year, $30 million deal. But this was just the start of the confusion for the Redskins.

3. Basically everything Dan Snyder has done in the past

NFL: 3 Mistakes the Washington Redskins Can't Afford to Repeat
Dan Snyder, majority owner of the Washington Redskins | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

Where do we start with Snyder? Obviously he’s mentioned a ton throughout this article, but as a businessman, he’s been shredded to pieces. As a matter of fact, Business Insider wrote a story about Snyder’s 14 worst business practices, and they are all horrifying.

To give you an idea of these business practices: Snyder sued lifelong ticket holders who couldn’t pay their seat contracts; lost Bill Gates $122 million; sold bags of peanuts packaged for Independence Air… a year after the airline went out of business; and tried to sell commemorative September 11 hats.

Oh, and then, as Darin Gantt of Pro Football Talk points out, they’ve had to remove a ton of seats from FedExField, due to the fact that they can’t fill it. Snyder has been a disaster for the Redskins, and between the contracts and anything relating to his team or the stadium, he needs to consider hiring someone to handle some of the business operations.

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