The Washington Redskins have taken a giant step back this season after winning the NFC East in 2012. Part of the issue has been Robert Griffin III’s recovery from knee surgery, but a lot of the team’s struggles have had to do with poor coaching. Naturally, poor coaching reflects negatively on ownership. That is something Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has grown accustomed to over the years.
On Monday, Tony Dungy discussed the current state of the Redskins on “The Dan Patrick Show.” He expressed confidence that Griffin will turn out just fine, essentially pointing the finger at Washington’s ownership group for this year’s media circus.
“I think the whole thing gets kind of exacerbated in Washington, with the whole setup there, the way it’s been, the owner and everything, and the press,” Dungy said, via DC Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg. “RG3’s gonna be okay, just like Cam Newton. Now in three or four years, he matures, he’s playing great football, maybe he’s matured a little bit, but they’re winning more, he’s playing better, so now it all looks pretty good. Whereas when you’re not winning, everything seems to be a negative.”
Dungy also said he believes the Redskins are best off sticking with Mike Shanahan and giving the current offense time, though he said Snyder has a history of jumping ship. He was then asked specifically if he would work for Snyder.
“No, no,” he replied. “When you’re interviewing coaches for the job, and you haven’t told me I’ve lost the job yet? No, I would NOT want to work for him.”
As Steinberg noted, Dungy was likely referring to Snyder interviewing head coaching candidates like Shanahan while Jim Zorn was still under contract with the Redskins.
Dungy’s opinion is one that is shared by plenty of people. Perhaps Clinton Portis can change all of their minds.