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Rick Snider's Blog: Saying good riddance to a fair weather fan.

A long-time Redskins fan wrote me last week to say he's no longer a burgundy-and-gold fan. He's now a Denver supporter because the Broncos' organization is so much better than Washington.

My response -- you're nuts. Real fans, true fans, ones who grew up in this town, don't trade alliances. They don't give up. They surely don't walk away for another team.

Wow, has it really come to this? While many of you think I'm some son of Satan because of my criticism of Dan Snyder and the team, I would never tell fans to walk away from their team. That's not just wrong, that's a major character flaw akin to cheating on your spouse. They hung collaborators in the streets of many European cities as soon as the Germans were beaten back. I'm not saying to buy rope because anyone who walks away from their team in bad times isn't worth the bother. However, it's a sad indictment when fans switch teams.

Sure, things are tough right now. All those years Joe Gibbs was gone, you at least savored those three Super Bowl championships. You always thought, "If only Gibbs would return, this team could win again." Well, the king returned but forgot his army. Now you don't even have that hope. Gibbs looks worse by the week this season. Fans are openly criticizing him, something I never expected to hear.

You no longer believe Snyder "just wants to win" to justify his stupid offseason spending sprees. A recent Washington Post poll showed 35 percent believe the owner is the biggest reason for the team's demise. So much for being blinded by his bankroll.

You no longer believe the coaching staff will turn things around or the defense can stop anyone. That free agents coming here can contribute because most aren't worth the money. That the team can ever settle on a kicker or quarterback.

Granted, this team has more or less stunk since 1993. That's a long time, but if you're thinking of becoming a Ravens fan or just walking away from the sport, think again. Nothing lasts forever. The Redskins will get better.

Snyder is actually a much better owner than when gaining the team in 1999. Maybe he'll finally understand why a general manager is needed and hire a good one. Quarterback Jason Campbell has the potential to be a decent player. The Redskins have some talent so things have to improve after this freefall of a season.

So to that reader who switched to Denver, I can only say nobody needs a turncoat, especially when the team is good once again. Goodbye to such fair-weather fans and good riddance.

Rick Snider has covered the Redskins for 23 years and is the Washington Examiner columnist. He can be reached at rsnider@dcexaminer.com

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My response -- you're nuts. Real fans, true fans, ones who grew up in this town, don't trade alliances. They don't give up. They surely don't walk away for another team.

Wow, has it really come to this? While many of you think I'm some son of Satan because of my criticism of Dan Snyder and the team, I would never tell fans to walk away from their team. That's not just wrong, that's a major character flaw akin to cheating on your spouse. They hung collaborators in the streets of many European cities as soon as the Germans were beaten back. I'm not saying to buy rope because anyone who walks away from their team in bad times isn't worth the bother. However, it's a sad indictment when fans switch teams.

Sure, things are tough right now. All those years Joe Gibbs was gone, you at least savored those three Super Bowl championships. You always thought, \"If only Gibbs would return, this team could win again.\" Well, the king returned but forgot his army. Now you don't even have that hope. Gibbs looks worse by the week this season. Fans are openly criticizing him, something I never expected to hear.

You no longer believe Snyder \"just wants to win\" to justify his stupid offseason spending sprees. A recent Washington Post poll showed 35 percent believe the owner is the biggest reason for the team's demise. So much for being blinded by his bankroll.

You no longer believe the coaching staff will turn things around or the defense can stop anyone. That free agents coming here can contribute because most aren't worth the money. That the team can ever settle on a kicker or quarterback.

Granted, this team has more or less stunk since 1993. That's a long time, but if you're thinking of becoming a Ravens fan or just walking away from the sport, think again. Nothing lasts forever. The Redskins will get better.

Snyder is actually a much better owner than when gaining the team in 1999. Maybe he'll finally understand why a general manager is needed and hire a good one. Quarterback Jason Campbell has the potential to be a decent player. The Redskins have some talent so things have to improve after this freefall of a season.

So to that reader who switched to Denver, I can only say nobody needs a turncoat, especially when the team is good once again. Goodbye to such fair-weather fans and good riddance.

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