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Redskins’ COO leaves the organization

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Whenever folks leave their jobs on terms characterized publicly as voluntary, it’s common if not routine to wonder whether it wasn’t voluntary at all.  Today’s candidate for game that should be known as “The Pursuit of Other Interests” is Redskins’ COO Dave Donovan.  The team has announced that Donovan is returning to the firm at which he practiced law before becoming a full-time employee of the Redskins.

Per our friends at CSNWashington.com, Donovan disclosed the decision during a Monday staff meeting.

“We want to thank Dave for his years of service with the Redskins,” owner Daniel Snyder said in a statement issued by the team.  “Even though he is returning to the law firm where he worked prior to joining the team, he will continue to consult with the Redskins as he did prior to joining the organization.  We look forward to continuing our relationship and wish him the best of luck in his new position.”

Said Donovan:  “I have had a great six years with the Redskins.  It has been an experience I will always appreciate and never forget. For personal reasons, I am returning to partnership in the law firm that I left in 2005.  I am thrilled that I will have the ability to continue my relationship with the Redskins.  I would like to thank Dan Snyder and all coaches and staff who I have worked with over my time with the team.”

Generally speaking, working in-house for a client is regarded within the legal community as less stressful and demanding than working at a private law firm, where the competing interests of multiple clients, the pressure to generate revenue via billable hours with no reward for efficiency, and often vicious office politics make life a lot harder.  And so at first blush it will be reasonable to infer that, for whatever reason, the relationship between Donovan and the Redskins simply wasn’t working.

It’s also impossible not to wonder whether the move represents a shift by Snyder away from the aggressive pursuit of the team’s legal rights.  On Donovan’s watch, the team decided to sue season-ticket holders — and Snyder launched a highly unpopular lawsuit against the City Paper.  On that point, only time will tell.

Either way, the fact that so many people have been pushed out of their employment with fairly vanilla explanations being offered means there’s always a chance that there’s something intriguing lurking behind every fairly vanilla explanation that ever is offered when someone leaves a job.

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26 Responses to “Redskins’ COO leaves the organization”
  1. deegizzle says: Jul 11, 2011 3:40 PM

    “And so at first blush it will be reasonable to infer that, for whatever reason, the relationship between Donovan and the Redskins simply wasn’t working.”

    ———————–

    Who else chuckled?

  2. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 11, 2011 3:44 PM

    Can’t say the Skins wins have been good the past 6 years.

  3. billybats says: Jul 11, 2011 3:54 PM

    “Either way, the fact that so many people have been pushed out of their employment with fairly vanilla explanations being offered means there’s always a chance that there’s something intriguing lurking behind every fairly vanilla explanation that ever is offered when someone leaves a job.”

    There’s always also a chance that the truth IS routine and nondescript, but some loser “reporter” will try to manufacture a click-worthy story out of an otherwise non-event because the organization includes Dan Snyder, Mike Shanahan, and / or Donovan McNabb.

  4. doowix says: Jul 11, 2011 3:57 PM

    The Redskins organization is a train wreck.

  5. motorcitykitties says: Jul 11, 2011 3:59 PM

    That front office is a disaster. I’m surprised more aren’t running like hell.

  6. theblowtorchreview says: Jul 11, 2011 5:08 PM

    Wow why did my comment get deleted? It was harmless and slighty humorous?

  7. thephantomstranger says: Jul 11, 2011 5:17 PM

    Whenever folks leave their jobs on terms characterized publicly as voluntary, it’s common if not routine to wonder whether it wasn’t voluntary at all.
    __________

    marilynpost would change that word to “puiblically.”

    I know that’s obscure, but I do this for me, not for you.

  8. stevo8drum says: Jul 11, 2011 5:39 PM

    go eagles!!

  9. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 11, 2011 5:53 PM

    The Redskins Suck, The Redskins Fans Suck and Daniel Snyder Sucks.

  10. deadmanwalking47 says: Jul 11, 2011 6:09 PM

    “The Redskins Suck, The Redskins Fans Suck and Daniel Snyder Sucks.””

    typical responce from a very sexually frustrated eagle dingbat! you guys have won how many superbowls and lost how many playoff games?

  11. theblowtorchreview says: Jul 11, 2011 7:15 PM

    I’ll try again….

    The Redskins small stature owner, Daniel Snyder, probably wanted him to pay for parking at FedEx Field this year.

  12. sell1200 says: Jul 11, 2011 7:26 PM

    Nfc East superbowl polishing party this saturday! Bring out those Lombardi’s! Not to be left out, Eagles can get plastic replicas at the gate.

  13. packattack1967 says: Jul 11, 2011 7:47 PM

    HAAA The COO of the Redskins has about has much yank as the mayor of Calumet, CO did in the movie Red Dawn.

  14. mdnittlion says: Jul 11, 2011 8:02 PM

    How bad of an organization do you have to be, that even the lawyers wanna be traded?

  15. dirtydrynn27 says: Jul 11, 2011 8:09 PM

    The Redskins are a train wreck,really? Because someone in the organization that we never heard of has left???……Eagles fans if we are really that bad then explain to me why your powerful Eagles did not sweep the Redskins??? If your Eagles are so superior then explain to me why they have`nt won a championship since 1960???……Whats in your trophy case???….a rusted old 51 year old trophy….very impressive!!!!

  16. mdnittlion says: Jul 11, 2011 8:33 PM

    @ dirtydrynn27

    Typical Redskins fan reaction to someone pointing out the truth bring up a Super Bowl from almost two decades ago and completely ignore the fact that you haven’t watched your team in the playoffs over a decade.

  17. ocho says: Jul 11, 2011 9:41 PM

    @mdnittlion typical uninformed commenter…the Skins have been to the playoffs twice in the past 6 yrs…in that same timespan the Eagles have been 4 times and have won a whopping 2 more playoff games…talk about a dynasty

  18. andyb053 says: Jul 11, 2011 10:10 PM

    @ mdnittlion

    You’re an idiot. Get your facts straight before you try to throw out zingers. At the end of the day the number of championships are what matters. You know that, cause every football fan knows that. The Skins have won just as many as the Eagles have won in the last decade.

  19. rajbais says: Jul 11, 2011 10:34 PM

    OK … when can Shanahan and Snyder go????

  20. vetdana says: Jul 12, 2011 8:14 AM

    Why does this story have to be reduced to Redskins/ Eagles banter ? There probably were other reasons for this employment divorce, but we are not in the inner circle of knowledge and so can only guess which, is what the writers of this media circus do,…….. most of the time.

  21. leevi98 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:39 PM

    eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 11, 2011 5:53 PM

    The Redskins Suck, The Redskins Fans Suck and Daniel Snyder Sucks.

    Eagle ever win a Superbowl??? Yeah that’s right I THOUGHT SO! Only team in the East with no ring…until ya win just one….sit down and shut up!

  22. leevi98 says: Jul 12, 2011 4:41 PM

    mdnittlion says: Jul 11, 2011 8:33 PM

    @ dirtydrynn27

    Typical Redskins fan reaction to someone pointing out the truth bring up a Super Bowl from almost two decades ago and completely ignore the fact that you haven’t watched your team in the playoffs over a decade.

    i’m no math expert but playoff appearances in 05 and 07 was not over a decade! how many Superbowl rings do the eagles have? LOL yep you got it! NONE!

  23. mdnittlion says: Jul 12, 2011 9:43 PM

    @ vetdana

    It is what it is

    @ andyb053, leevi98, ocho

    I was trying to joke with you nimrods, but if you really want to get into it let’s do this. Don’t try to bring up 2005 till now and completely punk out. From 1999 till the present the Redskins have been to the playoff 3 times and have won only 1 postseason games. In that same time the Eagles have been to the playoffs 9 times and have won 10 postseaon games and ya we didn’t win the Superbowl, but at least we showed up. So doing the numbers if you can count that’s 3 times more playoff appearances and 10 times more postseason wins. I love that one of you tried to wuss out and only go back as far as 2005. So to sum it up your Deadskins won 1 playoff game in 12 seasons so ya my team is the losers.

    Just go back to your grandmothers basement and keep building that shrine to Joe Gibbs and watching highlights from a season almost 20 years ago. Oh and don’t forget to bring up your 3 trophy’s, but remember not to mention your one big playoff win over the last 12 years.

  24. blspears says: Jul 12, 2011 11:58 PM

    The guy Pauken before him didnt sue the fans like Donovan, so I am really glad he is left his position. Another terrible Snyder hire. Time to Buy it all again, Try it all again.

  25. leevi98 says: Jul 13, 2011 12:40 PM

    mdnittlion says: Jul 12, 2011 9:43 PM

    @ vetdana

    It is what it is

    @ andyb053, leevi98, ocho

    I was trying to joke with you nimrods, but if you really want to get into it let’s do this. Don’t try to bring up 2005 till now and completely punk out. From 1999 till the present the Redskins have been to the playoff 3 times and have won only 1 postseason games. In that same time the Eagles have been to the playoffs 9 times and have won 10 postseaon games and ya we didn’t win the Superbowl, but at least we showed up. So doing the numbers if you can count that’s 3 times more playoff appearances and 10 times more postseason wins. I love that one of you tried to wuss out and only go back as far as 2005. So to sum it up your Deadskins won 1 playoff game in 12 seasons so ya my team is the losers.

    Just go back to your grandmothers basement and keep building that shrine to Joe Gibbs and watching highlights from a season almost 20 years ago. Oh and don’t forget to bring up your 3 trophy’s, but remember not to mention your one big playoff win over the last 12 years.

    You want to compare greatest eras of each team? OK WE WILL DO THAT!!!!!

    In 1996, Gibbs was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was one of the winning est coaches in NFL history, at that time having a record of 124 wins and 60 losses, and a post-season record of 16 wins and five losses. His combined winning percentage of .683 was third all-time (behind Vince Lombardi and John Madden). In his 12 seasons, the Redskins won 4 NFC East titles, reached the playoffs 8 times, and finished with a losing record only one season (7–9 in 1988). Gibbs is also the only NFL coach to ever win three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks and three different starting running backs. During this time was the hey day of the NFC East…Where the Giants Cowboys and Redskins were all top teams in the league and won a lot of Superbowl s between all three teams….Where was the eagles? On yeah second to last cause the Cardinals were in the division!

    The Redskins had a similar stint like your Eagles have IN REGULAR SEASON back when the Iggles were really bad and the Div trash. BIG DIFFERENCE? Skins closed the deal when they were winning. They won Superbowl s and multiple. EAGLES HAVE NONE ZIP NADA!!!!

    At least we have something to build a shrine for. I’m sorry your so bitter about your team being good for a decade with NOTHING to SHOW FOR IT! I’d be upset too! But to say the Redskins have always sucked and that this last decade makes the Eagles a better franchise is just stupid.

    You are right it’s in the past. BUT AT LEAST WE HAVE ONE. When the Eagles start to slide…what are you gonna look back on? Throwing up in the huddle in the SB? T.O. yelling at his team on the sidelines? The book about his experience with the Eagles? Or are you still dreaming what ifs vs the Raiders in 1980?

    there is a reason why the Eagles have not inducted anyone into the HOF in over two decades!

  26. mdnittlion says: Jul 13, 2011 9:09 PM

    @ leevi98

    Thanx for proving my point I simply went over the facts of the last decade +2 and as always a dumb deadskins fan keeps bringing up the past. There are entire generations of children that have no idea the Redskins ever won anything, cause they’ve never seen anything close to it in their life time. Hell I don’t think I know a person under 21 that can think of a time win the skins made a real run.

    The point about the Eagles winning period ending isn’t going to happen, as long as Snyder runs your team and Vinny is on speed dial you’ll never win anything and all your two decade old speak isn’t going to mean anything. I love the 1980 season mention like that somehow proves me wrong, about the typical deadskin fan mentality.

    I love the Hall of fame reference cause that’s what you base a team on Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Ricky Watters non got in despite having the numbers needed, cause it’s just a popularity contest that’s why 4 of the new class all work on TV.

    And for the record I never wanted to compare greatest era’s I just stated facts that apparently you can’t handle. Now go back to your grandma’s basement and try to forget Swinging Gate.

    By the way encase you forgot 12 yrs, 3 playoff games, 1 win

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