Would you trade Snyder for Jones?

October 11, 2013

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder signs autographs for fans before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Ca., on Sunday, September 29, 2013. (Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
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For millions of folks around the D.C. area, Sunday night can’t get here soon enough, and not because they just can’t wait to go to work the next morning — or not go to work, still, for too many of us.

No, Sunday night is anxiously awaited because, of course, it’s Redskins vs. Cowboys! There are so many questions posed by this game (and it’s just a darn shame we’ll be forced to suffer through seven-plus hours of other NFL action before we get to it, right?). Questions such as: Coming out of a bye week, will Robert Griffin III regain the stellar form he showed in last year’s trip to Dallas? Can the Redskins solve the Cowboys’ new 4-3 front? Will Tony Romo pick up where he left off against the Broncos, and strafe Washington’s secondary? Or will Duffy’s Irish Pub run out of Jameson?

But while we wait for those questions to be answered, I have one this morning: Would you trade Dan Snyder for Jerry Jones? It’s no secret that Snyder hasn’t exactly been the most beloved team owner this part of the world has ever seen, but would the Cowboys owner be preferable?

First, a little tale of the tape:

  • Age: Snyder, 48; Jones, 70 (71 on Sunday!)
  • Net worth (according to Forbes): Snyder, $1.2 billion; Jones, $3 billion
  • Made fortune in: Snyder, marketing; Jones, oil
  • Owned team since: Snyder, 1999; Jones, 1989
  • Regular season winning percentage since purchase: Snyder, .447; Jones, .535
  • Team success: Snyder, two division titles; Jones, eight division titles, three Super Bowl wins

Snyder was born and largely raised in the D.C. area, while Jones is from Arkansas, so that deep local connection might be the trump card for many of you.

The wealth factor certainly favors Jones, but Snyder’s never been shy about splashing around cash (albeit often with unfortunate results), so that’s probably a wash.

Snyder obviously is a much younger man, so if you’re worried about your favorite team’s  owner turning into a crazy old man, a la the late Al Davis, then Snyder would be your choice. But at the risk of getting morbid, if you’d much rather have an entirely different owner, then you might vote for Jones, who’s that much closer, one presumes, to the ultimate skybox.

As far as team stewardship goes, Jones had huge success almost immediately, but one could argue that Jimmy Johnson deserves most of the credit for that. In fact, Jones’s desire for greater control over the team’s personnel moves is widely cited as the reason Johnson left the team in 1993. Jones has operated as the Cowboys de facto general manager since then, but his teams have never been as good as the ones Johnson helped build. Snyder, on the other hand, seems to have stepped back a bit from his early, heavy involvement with the Redskins. He has had three head coaches over the past 10 seasons, as compared to five in his first five seasons.

Then there’s the controversy over the team’s name. If you’re looking for someone who’ll swear allegiance to the name “Redskins” through thick and thin, you can’t do better than Snyder. Jones recently offered his own defense of the name, but it was far more half-hearted, and you’d have to think that, without Snyder’s emotional attachment, Jones would elect to move in whichever direction the prevailing winds were blowing, especially if he thought they were blowing toward a big pile of cash.

So who ya got? Snyder or Jones?

And what vote-swaying distinction between them have I failed to mention?

Around the Web:

  • From nfl.com, 10 things to know about last night’s about Giants-Bears game, including why Eli Manning doesn’t want to wind up in the same sentence as George Blanda.
  • In his indispensable Matchups column, respected rotoworld.com analyst Evan Silva predicts better mechanics and big numbers from RGII against the Cowboys.
  • According to a source, Rick Reilly got his Native American father-in-law’s position on the Redskins name completely wrong. The source? Rick Reilly’s father-in-law.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesday.

● The Redskins practice Friday at 11:50 a.m.

More on the Redskins and NFL:

Jenkins and Jackson’s roles are undefinedGarrett says Griffin is still a worry

Jenkins: Translating Snyder’s letter | Snyder’s letter | Bog: Folks who liked it

The Outsider: Reviewing Redskins blitzes that worked against the Cowboys

Morris still eager to carry Redskins’ load | Forbath healthy and kicking well 

Opening Kick: Should Redskins do HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks?’ | 49ers’ Harbaugh open to it

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