When Vinny Cerrato traded draft picks for Jason Taylor, a poll showed that 89% of this membership favored the trade. That kind of fan support has been typical for the major moves made during the Snyder era -- the hiring of coaches, the major trades, trading draft picks for veterans, and the big name free agent acquisitions. I think the solid support for the organization can be attributed to the Homer Phenomenon. The homer sees everything Redskins through a burgundy lens. It's an ego-based bias, in my opinion.
Why do I think it's ego-based? I think we know intuitively that the man excessively proud of being Irish, Catholic and a Cork City Rebels fan would be equally proud if, by some twist of fate, he had been raised as a German, Lutheran, Bayern Munchen fanatic. You see -- it isn't his groups that are wonderful. It's that his groups are wonderful because they're HIS groups.
So, what about the 11% who didn't favor the Jason Taylor trade? Were there some whose inflamed ego would rather have been right than wrong about that? Absolutely. I can't say how many. What I can tell you is that I have taken a negative position on most of the major moves in the Snyder era and my thought pattern is always the same:
I hope I'm wrong, but...
this sounds like a bad idea.
If I'm right, I hope the harm will be minimal.
Here's an example: After the run to the playoffs in 2005, giddy optimism swept this forum. I was the lone pessimistic voice because I was 99% sure that the Gibbs approach, building a roster by trading up in the draft, trading draft picks for veterans, and being very aggressive in free agency would fail. My best hope for the team was that the Gibbs plan would fail quickly and it did. The 2006 season was an eye-opener for Joe Gibbs and the organization.
Watching the 2006 collapse was difficult for me, as it was for all Skins fans, but I believed it was the best outcome possible for bad roster management.
I write this to encourage more negative voices in this forum. I'm not referring to those who enjoy second guessing every coach's decision that fails or those who trash players beyond reason. I'm encouraging those who try very hard to be realistic and fair to speak up and be heard when you don't agree with the decisions of Redskins management. Don't worry that your opinions won't be popular with the homer crowd. Take solace in the fact that, so far in the Snyder era, the homers have been consistently wrong.