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Thought Piece: Wins & Losses

If a loss to a team (Detroit Lions) that had not won a game in almost two years was not enough, another loss to a team that was 0-5 (Kansas City Chiefs) was even more of a devastating blow. The Washington Redskins are in a free-fall tailspin, with no positive way out in sight. This team has had XXX coaches since owner Dan Snyder took over in 1999, and the only coaches to have winning seasons during that time were Norm Turner and Joe Gibb’s 10-6 seasons in 1999 and 2005 respectively.

The Dallas Cowboys had one coach for 29 seasons (Tom Landry 1960-1988) and was abruptly fired by then new owner Jerry Jones. Landry won two Super Bowl titles (VI, XII), five NFC titles, 13 Divisional titles, and compiled a 270-178-6 record, the 3rd most wins of all time for an NFL coach. Since taking over as owner, Jones has hired and fired XXX coaches and may be on the verge of firing another in Wade Phillips.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had a whopping three coaches (Chuck Knoll, Bill Cowher, and Mike Tomlin) since their entrance into the NFL over XXX years ago. The Steelers have the most franchise Super Bowl wins of any other NFL franchise. The Ownership group of the Rooneys have a support system in place that allows for each coach to be successful in his tenure.

The Redskins and the Cowboys are arguably two on the NFL’s most storied franchises, but as of late seem to be two of the NFL’s most storied and dismal franchises. Snyder and Jones are also arguably two of the wealthiest owners in the NFL, but are often impulsive and more about the entertainment dollar than building a quality football team on the football field. It takes time to build a winning tradition in the NFL. Buying high-priced free agents and over paying players who have not yet lived up to their contracts is a sure fire way to create a disastrous environment that harbors inconsistent results. The Washington Redskins stadium holds roughly 90,000 fans and the new Dallas Cowboys stadium home roughly, 100,000 fans. While each of these stadiums may be luxurious and provide great sight-lines and entertainment value, if both of these team do no do a better job of putting a quality product on the field, each stadium will be drawing less fans than the prestigious high school playoff football games played at these stadiums in the late fall days of the football season.

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