The general consensus among fans in our nation's capital is that
Flawed owner involvement is one of the worst-kept secrets in sports. That we almost never hear about the "suggestions" ownership makes to management and coaches is understandable. Those executives and coaches know it would be career suicide to place any type of blame on the owner. Heck, at Redskins home games these days, security personnel allegedly threaten fans
As a player, you're never privy to the conversations that take place between ownership and their staff, though sometimes a decision can be so head-scratching that you figure something must be up.
I vividly recall a Cowboys game in which one of
And it's not just Dallas. I found the reports curious at the end of training camp that Bills owner
I've been told many other stories over the years, either by assistant coaches or front office executives, about owners making starting quarterback decisions, making assistant coach hiring decisions, interrupting coaches' game-planning meetings to have weekly two-hour phone conversations with the head coach, and doing much more. At least Tennessee Titans owner
I prefer that as opposed to Adams demanding behind the scenes that Titans head coach
We see this phenomenon unfold all the time when it comes to team spending. The fans and most members of the media primarily speak in terms of the salary cap and the amount of available room. I have been told on good authority by several team executives, however, that the cap is only one consideration typically, and not even the biggest one. Every team has an amount it's willing to spend in a given year, regardless of the cap. We just don't know what it is, so sometimes executives like the Bucs'
It's easy for fans to point to the relative lack of success of teams like the Cowboys and Redskins of late and blame the owners for being overly involved. The suggestion being, of course, that Jones and Snyder hire "real" football men, then step aside and let them do their thing. That sounds all well and good, but would you do that? If you were the owner of an NFL team, would you take a backseat and decline to have significant input on all of the football decisions? I didn't think so.
You see, making the decisions is why businessmen like Jones and Snyder get involved in pro football. It's an adrenaline rush. Snyder and Jones, and owners like them, are playing the coolest game of "Madden" or "Fantasy Football" ever, only the people involved are real and the buy-in for their fantasy league is about $799,999,980 more than the $20 league you're in. It's no secret that one of the reasons
So where exactly does that leave you, as the fan of a team with an over-involved owner or, even worse, an under the radar owner who is much more heavily involved than you would ever know? Nowhere, really. The owners have paid for the right to do whatever they want and the only way the fans can truly show their displeasure is to refuse to buy the tickets and merchandise. Or watch the games on television. Then maybe they will start losing money and sell the team. Good luck with that.