LaVar Arrington: Root of the issue in Washington is ownership

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Washington has fired another coach in Jay Gruden, but one former player says the problem with the team is that you can’t fire the owner.

LaVar Arrington, a linebacker who was selected by Washington with the second overall pick in 2000, played there six years and later covered the team as a broadcaster, said on FS1 that Dan Snyder is to blame.

“The root of the issue is ownership,” Arrington said.

Arrington said the culture in Washington breeds players who resent Snyder.

“You’re told not to look the owner in the eyes,” Arrington said. “You had to address him as Mr. Snyder, even as an adult, and if you were not of a certain level or stature you were told not to look at the owner.”

Those details are a little hard to believe, but Arrington is far from alone in thinking that Snyder himself is the real reason that Washington has won only one playoff game since he bought the team.

69 responses to “LaVar Arrington: Root of the issue in Washington is ownership

  1. It is a 100 percent true. The little pipsqueak insists he is referred to as Mr. Snyder. Ordinarily I wouldn’t care and I would just chalk Snyder up as a maladjusted human being. But the problem is that Bruce Allen maintains his position notwithstanding a .356 winning percentage by exploiting Snyder’s foibles by serving as his go to sycophant.

  2. I’m not sure why those details are hard to believe when he played there and was a broadcaster for them…he would know better than most. I’m also sure you could ask literally ANY fan and they will tell you that Snyder is the issue.

  3. Meanwhile, current and former Pats players go on vacations with Kraft, and Vince Wilfork used to kiss him and his late wife before every game – even when later visiting with Texans.

  4. Those details are a little hard to believe, but Arrington is far from alone in thinking that Snyder himself is the real reason that Washington has won only one playoff game since he bought the team.
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    No they are not hard to believe at all…

  5. I don’t know why those details are so hard to believe. Ultra-insulated rich dudes who haven’t heard the word “no” their entire lives usually have extremely bizarre notions of how they expect to be treated.

  6. Why is it hard to believe what Arrington says? Is it really that hard to believe that someone who has so much more money than the rest of us and owns a multi billion dollar team has a superiority complex and doesn’t view his players/employees as equals? It’s much harder for someone to not be corrupted by the money at that point, and given the dysfunction we’ve seen come out of that building sure wouldn’t doubt it.

  7. No.
    Snyder is your BOSS!
    He pays your bloated salaries yet he is to blame for everything?
    I blame the players themselves, they’re too soft and lazy. Plus they feel entitled, just like Arrington does.
    THAT is why the Redskins fail.

  8. Sadly, I live in the DMV. I can tell you for a fact, it wasn’t Snyder who killed this season. It was Gruden, game 1. Guice was the back he always wanted & he didn’t want AP. Guice always is injured in his legs. So what does Jay do, not only does he start Guice when he wasn’t ready yet. Immediately injured & out. He deactivated AD. Not starting the game on the bench but deactivated. Nearly every player on the team questioned this days before game 1. Of course game 1, they would’ve won if AP had played. I have no doubt. The whole team quit on Gruden after that. It was over. Also add in the Chris Samuel debacle. Also created by Gruden according to Samuel. So this is all on the HC. Good thing he’s gone. Arrington is just hurt because of his departure from the Skins.

  9. No, it’s not hard to believe. Peoplethat have worked on the business side of the Redskins have told similar stories for years.

    Bruce Allen is incompetent, but he’s just an extension of Dan. Does anyone believe he called Kirk, Kurt 6 times in that press conference without Dan’s blessing? Or, that It’s only Bruce who wants to stick it to Trent Williams?

  10. I remember reading a story that Steve Bisciotti, then a minority owner of the Ravens, was corrected when he first met Snyder and addressed him as “Dan.” “It’s Mr. Snyder.” Who corrected him? Mr. Snyder.

  11. I was concerned that the Haslems were they worst owners…how can these owners be so disruptive to there teams? The NFL is a partnership of owners who do not care if a partner is dragging a team down. I feel for the Redskins’ fans.

  12. I had a private tour of the training facilities before the season started and was told the same thing, off the record, by someone in the organization..everyone who works for my beloved skins, hates snyder.
    He is incredibly cheap about most aspects of the team and insecure. Most college teams have better training facolities..it was a joke.

  13. I was never a fan of LaVar as a player, but I’ve really grown to like him as an analyst on the different shows he appears on.

  14. Wow, the media has it out for this guy. He fires the incompetent coach and somehow the story is about the owner. Nobody was talking about him when Alex Smith had the team looking solid. Or when Kyle was OC and had RG3 looking like a future Hall of famer…

  15. He’s right, but the fans are also to blame. We keep falling for the idea that guys like Jay Gruden and Bruce Allen need to get fired. Before that it was super bowl winning coaches like Mike Shanahan and Joe Gibbs, and other greats like Steve Spurrier and Marty Schottenheimer. No wonder Snyder doesn’t have any respect for us. He has us eating out of his hand. When the stadium is empty, they’ll make him sell the team. As long as we keep attending games and putting money into Snyder’s pocket, nothing will change. Arrington has the courage to speak up. Everyone else must be afraid of Danny boy.

  16. The details are one hundred percent true. Kept stats for the skins back in the day. Was specifically told if we saw the owner not to look him in the eye.

  17. Short man’s complex. I always get a chuckle when I hear about “celebrities” who won’t talk to others, can’t make eye contact with them, etc. Have heard that about a few singers, they invite some youth choir to sing with them and then the kids aren’t allowed to look at the person in the hallways, etc. All show, very shallow/empty person who is completely self-absorbed. Snyder (and other owners) should either get serious about winning or sell the team to someone who is/will. Fans deserve more for all the bucks they shell out.

  18. Has any owner that has had this amount of failure ever turn things around and had a winning franchise ?? I’m mean any sport ? I can’t think of one …. does anyone know of any ? We are talking over 20 years now ! … Mr. Snyder should be thankful for the revenue sharing to keep this business he owns afloat , it’s a lot like getting a government bail out every year ! Otherwise Mr. Snyder your business would be failing , but keep patting yourself on the back.

  19. vikesfansteve says:
    October 9, 2019 at 6:50 am
    Sadly, I live in the DMV.

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    You may live here, but you’re not from here. No one from here calls it “The DMV”. That’s the Dept of Motor Vehicles.

  20. Everyone knows this. I will say the fans have had some impact, but they need to continue to stop going.

    The Skins dropped from like 3rd to 8th in revenue from 2018-2019.

    That’s significant.

  21. Also add in the Chris Samuel debacle. Also created by Gruden according to Samuel.

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    Surely you mean the Trent Williams debacle? or was that a freudian slip?

  22. Any chance the problem is signing over-rated, spoiled players with low character like Arrington who are quick to BLAME EVERYONE ELSE BUT THEMSELVES?

  23. Snyder is most definitely part of the problem. That said anybody who thinks this team is playoff caliber might need a reality check and that falls on Allen. IMO back loading contract for players not worthy of that type of money is more damaging than an owner who has no football IQ but still wants to win.

  24. Beware of beings that won’t look you in the eye. They think it keeps you from seeing through to their soulless insides and duplicitous nature. But it only serves to confirm it.

  25. You may live here, but you’re not from here. No one from here calls it “The DMV”. That’s the Dept of Motor Vehicles.

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    Can’t believe this got a single like….Actually many many people call it the DMV and have been doing so for years on end. It is universally known and basically urban lingo for DC, Maryland, VA…where the skins practice, play, and represent. A comment like that aligns you more with Dan Snyder than the players….one of those ‘im better than thou’….for no reason other than being different and not understanding everyone is not like you.

  26. When the stadium is empty, they’ll make him sell the team. As long as we keep attending games and putting money into Snyder’s pocket, nothing will change.

    Problem is there were more pats fans than skin fans Sunday. That will most likely continue where the opposing team buys more tickets cause no skin fan wants to pay to see their team keep losing. If the NFL realizes this then only then may they have him sell the team. Snyder doesn’t care who buys the seat. Only If it’s sold and he makes money.

  27. Didn’t the Panthers former owner, Jerry Richardson, have similar requirements that people call him “Mister”?

  28. “Those details are a little hard to believe”

    Oh they are believable, i know of guys not in the football world who had to do work for dan (construction, remodeling) and their all told not too look at him in the face.

  29. “I remember reading a story that Steve Bisciotti, then a minority owner of the Ravens, was corrected when he first met Snyder and addressed him as “Dan.” “It’s Mr. Snyder.” Who corrected him? Mr. Snyder.”

    Sgt. Hulka would say, “Lighten up, Dan”.

  30. wiscdave says:
    October 9, 2019 at 7:42 am
    I remember reading a story that Steve Bisciotti, then a minority owner of the Ravens, was corrected when he first met Snyder and addressed him as “Dan.” “It’s Mr. Snyder.” Who corrected him? Mr. Snyder.

    ^

    “Sure thing, Dan.”

  31. In this case, the rot definitely starts from the head down. Snyder surrounds himself with incompetent yes men and is comfortable with a mediocre product on the field. Fielding a winning team is not his first, or second, or third priority.

  32. I don’t see a problem with calling him Mr. Snyder, after all, he is the owner, and technically your boss. However, the “don’t look at him” or “don’t make eye contact” stuff is another matter. I’ve read about certain celebrities demanding the same BS. Who do they think they are? Were I in that position, I would stare them down at every opportunity.

    All of that said, and not saying it isn’t true, we are only one day removed from “handshake gate”.

  33. All the stories about not looking Snyder in the eye make sense to me. Most people would have to bend down as to bow to look in his eyes! As for fans staying away from the stadium that doesn’t matter. The revenue is a drop in the bucket compared to income from the media products. TV, Cable and Satellite drive the league.

  34. “Those details are a little hard to believe”
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    Not hard to believe at all. This is actually fairly common behavior among the “important” people. Comedian Kevin James is like a C-list actor (on a good day) and he also reportedly throws fits if the “little people” look him in the eye or directly speak to him.

  35. Not equating this with Snyder’s little quirk about being addressed as Mister, yet another comment about celebrities. This was given to me by experienced actors; I have known a few. When the ‘star’ comes out on the set to shoot a scene, the rule is you do not bother that actor, or ‘the talent.’ They are in a different, affected persona at the time – they are the character they portray. Everyone in the industry knows this. Some writer (with a zero bit part in a crowd scene) did a hatchet job on a popular actor because he did not respond to said writer when he ran out onto the set and gushed all over him and ran down his litany of films and parts. The actor had his bodyguard get the guy away from him and it tee-totally angered the writer. Just an aside, so you know the next time you’re involved in a movie production. Don’t run out to actor on the set and ask for an autograph or a selfie.

  36. Sadly, ownership doesn’t get fired, traded, or retire. The only way out for fans is that the owner sells (which is VERY rare) or they die. Snyder is only 54 years old. Skins fans might consider jumping to the Ravens or elsewhere because this is going to be an issue for a LONG time to come.

  37. ironforgeman says:
    October 9, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Not equating this with Snyder’s little quirk about being addressed as Mister, yet another comment about celebrities. This was given to me by experienced actors; I have known a few. When the ‘star’ comes out on the set to shoot a scene, the rule is you do not bother that actor, or ‘the talent.’
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    How about when they are at a hotel, or at their home? Is it OK for the staff to look at them? I’m not going to name names, but this behavior has been reported about more than a few celebs.

  38. If anybody hasn’t read the story about Snyder cutting down trees illegally you really need to. It tells you all you ever need to know about him as a person. Short version: He had a bunch of trees on public land illegally cut down to improve his view. When a Parks worker did his job and reported the incident Snyder and his government buddies had the guy fired and arrested. It took several years for the guy to finally be cleared and get his job back. They made up a crazy story that he’d “stolen” a bunch of medals and awards he’d earned during his long Parks service career. Totally gross behavior by Snyder and his friends.

  39. Well, duh Captain Obvious Arrington. Your best quality was ending Troy Barkman’s career. The rest of your career was overrated and filled with endless whining. Now disappear.

  40. “How about when they are at a hotel, or at their home? Is it OK for the staff to look at them? I’m not going to name names, but this behavior has been reported about more than a few celebs.”

    My commentary was about the movie set, not the home or in public or at the hotel. Some actors are unbearable no matter where they are, and I haven’t been privy to hanging around in a famous actor’s home or whatever. I do not defend the behavior. Again, my comment was specifically about the movie set.

  41. He was a brilliant guy, built a business or two from the ground up, bought an $800 million dollar franchise at the age of 34. Incredible resume. But he’s sure stunk up this business!

  42. An NFL player would put himself at extreme risk of cervical disk damage if he looked into the eyes of Daniel Snyder. That’s a mighty extreme angle of looking down.

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