Frank Herzog: Redskins are ‘a nightmare’

December 31, 2013

(Nick Wass/AP)

Frank Herzog is not an impartial observer on the topics of Daniel Snyder and the Redskins. Herzog, of course, was the team’s beloved radio voice from 1979 until he was replaced by Larry Michael in 2004, and he didn’t leave that job under pleasant circumstances.

“I’m really disappointed,” he said at the time. “It’s not the way you expect it to end. You’d like to walk off into the sunset and let it be your decision.”

So Herzog has a personal reason for harboring bad feelings toward Snyder.

That said, the longtime local sports anchor did a guest spot on WTOP Monday afternoon, and goodness, he did not hold back.

“First and foremost, you’ve got to remember one thing,” Herzog began. “This is Dan Snyder’s train set, and if he wants to run the locomotive off that round curve and crash it, he can do that. Because he owns it. And until you buy two or three hundred million dollars worth of the football team, you have no say. And that’s the way it is for the fans. So Dan Snyder’s gonna do what he wants to do, and the question is, what’s he gonna be able to do? Now he’s got to get a new coach. And there are gonna be coaches out there that are gonna look at the situation and say no way Jose, specifically Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher. I would be amazed if either one of them entertain the idea at all, because they come from such good team backgrounds. They don’t want to get caught up in this mess….”

“A prospective coach is gonna look at the situation and say, why should I go there?” Herzog continued. “The guy is obviously a jock sniffer. All he wants to do is be buddy buddy with the football players, which automatically makes me half the coach I could possibly be, because they could go to the owner. Why do I want to do that? And then, if I’m gonna do that — if the money’s gonna draw me — I have to set up a relationship with Dan Snyder where we can agree about how things are gonna work, what the hierarchy is and what the chain of command is. Then, if I can get all of those problems solved, I have to turn around and look at the football team where the No. 1 priority is a quarterback who was an option quarterback who’s trying to be a drop-back quarterback and it’s not working. He couldn’t learn under Mike Shanahan’s simple system; what makes me think he can work under my system? It’s a nightmare.”

The rest of Herzog’s thoughts were fairly benign: that he suspected the Redskins would choose an offensive-minded coach, that he hoped RGIII would have nothing to do with the selection process, and that he was not optimistic about much.

“Right now, things are very very bad as far as the Redskins are concerned in the whole NFL community, and among the coaches,” he concluded. “They know what’s waiting for them here, and I think they’re going to be very, VERY careful before they take the job.”

Wonder if he’ll be invited back to alumni functions.

(Listen to the audio here)

Speaking of all-time D.C. sports media greats, here was Steve Buckhantz.

More from the Bog:

Cooley on RGIII/Shanahan divide

ESPN.com poll shows Snyder shoulders blame

Jaworski calls Snyder a ‘terrific’ owner

What Cooley wants in a coach

Wilbon on Redskins’ melodrama

 

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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