Right here’s what it seems like Washington did, although, by all accounts and appearances: It took one of the crucial beloved gamers in franchise historical past, and a handful of its personal energetic gamers, and used them as human shields.
It’s par for the course. It’s what they do most, and do greatest. The group run by Daniel Snyder and Bruce Allen continues to be the gold normal for untrustworthiness and unaccountability. Why would this newest shameful episode in franchise historical past be any completely different?
Calling them a franchise and administration that may’t get out their very own means is being too variety. That is their very own means. By now, the proof is simply too plentiful and too convincing.
Who made the decision so as to add a participant booted off his previous group hours after his newest home violence arrest? Who did they seek the advice of on it, and who didn’t they? Who have been used because the faces of the franchise’s selections? Not the proprietor, and never the group president.
They have been behind the defend, and the shields have been Doug Williams and the gamers on the roster from Alabama, the place Foster performed.
That was Williams’ identify on the assertion explaining the transfer Tuesday night time, phrases that have been rightly trashed from coast to coast and from in every single place the NFL lives. The assertion, in addition to the transfer itself, managed to make the league itself appear righteous by comparability — though by merely following its personal coverage and placing Foster on the commissioner’s exempt record, all it did was the naked minimal required.
Embedded within the assertion (for which we could by no means discover out if or how a lot Williams was accountable) was the declare that the group’s due diligence consisted of “candid conversations with a lot of (Foster’s) ex-Alabama teammates and present Redskins gamers.”
Two such gamers, Jonathan Allen and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, informed reporters Wednesday that no one from the group ever spoke to them about Foster earlier than claiming him.
The query that perpetually clouds this franchise is raised once more: Who do you imagine? Or, is it value it to even attempt to determine it out? No one comes off as a paragon of integrity on this.
Once more, that’s enterprise as typical.
One way or the other, this franchise discovered itself within the driver’s seat within the NFC East simply previous the season’s midway level. The group has been a constant tease for, now, seven years, for the reason that miraculous, Robert Griffin III-driven 2012 season. Since then, the detours have come like clockwork, and there’s one frequent denominator and a typical theme in all of them — two, truly, however one hands-on persona that’s all the time current.
Alongside the best way, Griffin was smeared as Kirk Cousins’ star rose. When Griffin was disposed of, Cousins received the remedy, with the fixed lack of assist for a suitable long-term deal. Earlier than his eventual departure, basic supervisor Scot McCloughan was despatched packing, once more together with his character assassinated. Williams was elevated to a place that was like a basic supervisor, however with out the title and with a looming presence above him with the ability to place him, properly, precisely the place he landed Tuesday.
A Washington Publish report pointed to Allen because the one with the ultimate say on Foster, and to a divided entrance workplace. Coach Jay Gruden spoke Wednesday about the way it was a “group determination.” As of Thursday morning, Gruden, who didn’t make the final word name, was the one particular person of authority to face questions on it.
And this all unfolded lower than two weeks after NBC’s Mike Florio reported, hours after Alex Smith’s season-ending damaged leg, that Allen had way back determined that Washington was not going to contemplate Colin Kaepernick in such a scenario. As an alternative, days later, the group signed Mark Sanchez.
Now, this. The participant the complete remainder of the NFL handled like he was radioactive — the identical NFL, thoughts you, that discovered a option to welcome again Greg Hardy — has a brand new house. He’s embraced by any individual there — perhaps the individuals who say they embrace him, or perhaps not.
Those who matter are welcoming him, although. That’s how they do issues there.