Larry Johnson Eviscerates Dan Snyder, Redskins

Johnson played for Washington in 2010 – and the experience left much to be desired

The DA Show
December 28, 2018 - 3:10 pm

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Former NFL running back Larry Johnson spent most of his career in Kansas City, but he did play for the Washington Redskins in 2010.

The experience left much to be desired.

Which is why Johnson wasn’t surprised to see Dan Snyder clean house (again) this week, firing four business executives just months after they were hired. 

“Dan Snyder doesn’t know anything about football,” Johnson said on The DA Show. “He knows whatever he did to make his millions. He don’t know what he’s doing. You could clean house 100 more times, but the problem is at the top. If you do not have a football mind, you don’t know what you’re looking for. You’re just spending money and putting pieces (together) and hoping things fit. It doesn’t work that way in the National Football League.”

The Redskins have missed the playoffs in nine of the last 11 seasons and claim just one playoff victory this century: a Wild Card win in 2005.

“When I came in, they had Albert Haynesworth,” Johnson recalled. “(They gave him) $92 million, and he ain’t do nothing. This is what they think. They think buying players and buying contracts is going to get their way to the Super Bowl. This is not the business world. You’re dealing with blood and flesh. When guys don’t understand that, their organizations will continuously go down the toilet.”

Johnson, who had brief stints with the Bengals and Dolphins late in his career, said the Redskins were the most dysfunctional organization for which he played. 

Snyder was a big reason why.

“He thinks he knows about running players,” Johnson said. “He thinks he knows about the ins and outs of football. Football is not a business when it comes to coaches and players. Guys have been playing football in the streets in ratty jeans and clothes for nothing. Guys get to the league – yeah, you give them money, but that does not remove their heart of how much they love this sport. When you try to make it a business, that is where you tear down the passion of it. When guys don’t understand that, they will continue to be bringing in players – overpaid players who don’t deserve it – because they think this is what’s good for business.”