“Unrest” in the organization affecting commanders in the field
Eliminating distractions is the hallmark of any good team. So it’s not shocking to learn that commanders struggle with this.
“All the stuff there with just the whole organization from ownership to head coach and general manager, there’s always been a lot of drama there,” the former quarterback said. of Washington Alex Smith at the Rich Eisen Show. “It’s a big market, obviously, the capital and a lot of things, and this organization is really a franchise of stories and there’s a lot of commotion and a lot of distractions.
“So to say that things in the building don’t seep into the locker room or onto the pitch would be crazy. That’s what happens everywhere. I think that’s what the big organizations are eliminating and the bad ones have trouble with. All that noise seeps into the building. Yes it does. It affects the product in the field.
“There’s a lot of distractions — this whole organization, everything around it — and obviously, rightly so,” Smith said. “He has been flawed for the past 20 years. There’s a lot going on there, a lot of distractions, and it’s hard to concentrate on the football.
Commanders were fined $10 million by the NFL last year after a hostile work environment investigation led by Beth Wilkinson revealed violations, although full details were never released. publicly revealed. The Washington Post reported last year that 15 women had accused the team of sexual harassment in the workplace and that in 2008 a former senior executive filmed the teams’ cheerleaders during a filming of calendar while they were partially naked. Congress and the NFL are also investigating sexual harassment allegations made against Snyder by former employees. Three sponsors have cut ties with the Commanders in the past year, Anheuser-Busch being the latest.
Washington has made just six playoff appearances since Snyder bought the team in 1999. They went 7-10 in 2021 after returning to the playoffs in 2020.
At league meetings, coach Ron Rivera said the situation was “much better than people are describing”.
“Quite honestly, I’m fed up, I really am,” Rivera said, per ESPN. “But the only way to solve this problem is to win and that’s the truth.”