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"Realize that a great 53-man roster is what wins championships, not five or six high-priced stars. Dan Snyder builds his team like its fantasy football and that's a big negative. The Redskins need a GM who can prevent Snyder from making decisions while letting Snyder think he's involved. Who can work that magic? I don't know."

No, it was tough love [the fans boos after the Rams win]. It was tantamount to saying: "As much as we adore you, you're underachieving horrifically. You're better - way better - than this. And if your performance doesn't improve soon, we're cutting off your allowance and taking away the car keys."

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.

Joe called me several days after he re-retired to let me know some of the factors back home that went into his decision. However, it would be impossible for anybody as decent as Gibbs to work for four years for Snyder and not have days when he wanted to scream. Dan just doesn't know how to give proper respect to others.

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.