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Asked how much he spoke with Lewis before the job was offered, Zorn said, "Zero."

The crowd did not boo, either. Instead, in a sight I can never remember at a sporting event, the fans spontaneously shared a moment of silence, a communal mortification, as they stood witness to the bleakest moment -- all factors considered -- in the history of the Redskins franchise.

Clinton Portis said he thought the Redskins had the most talent in the NFL. Comments like that have been common in the Redskins' locker room for the past 10 years -- regardless of all available evidence. Not only is the view tolerated at Redskins Park, it is encouraged and marketed. Where does this fallacy arise? In the owner's suite, where the price of players is equated with their performance?

Snyder couldn't get a half dozen candidates to take the job in 2008 before promoting Zorn from recently-hired offensive coordinator. Nothing has changed to make the job any more enticing. Indeed, Snyder's recent moves once more show his impatience that would keep any marquee prospect from coming to Washington. Clearly, Snyder hasn't grown as an owner over 10 years.

But unlike Redskins fans, Snyder can end his despair. He can still write that happy ending to his movie script. It's all on him now. He can fix the dog's breakfast this franchise has become. He can get the Super Bowl trophies and the adulation. He can even get some respect from his fans, his peers, his players. He just had to admit the problem, and get busy solving it.