It’s rough being a fan of the Washington Redskins. Since the franchise won the Super Bowl in 1991, the team has qualified for the postseason just six times, The franchise is a dumpster fire year in and year out, and 2019 was no difference as they currently sit at 3-10.
That has led to a great in-depth piece by Scott Allen of the Washington Post that spoke to some folks who finally had enough with the team and put their fandom solely behind the surging Baltimore Ravens going forward.
“Jason Simmons decided enough was enough Oct. 7, when Washington Redskins team president Bruce Allen told a group of reporters that the organization’s culture was “actually damn good” at a news conference to announce coach Jay Gruden’s firing.
“That was the last straw for me,” said Simmons, a 38-year-old lifelong Redskins fan who grew up in Bowie, Md., and now lives in Cincinnati. “How can you be so obtuse and blind?”
Dominique Nelson cut ties with his favorite team last December, when the Redskins fired their president of business operations after less than eight months on the job.
“It had been multiple things, from [Robert Griffin III] and the Scot McCloughan fiasco to the Kirk Cousins contract,” said the 33-year-old IT specialist, who, like Simmons, was raised in a Redskins-obsessed household in Prince George’s County. “It was just like chipping away, chipping away, chipping away. That was it. I said, ‘I can’t do it anymore.’”
The Ravens play about 35 miles north of FedEx Field and they are the complete opposite of the Redskins as they currently have the AFC’s best record and are a legit title contender.
“I’ve had Ravens fans welcoming me,” said Andy Serwer, the 60-year-old editor in chief of Yahoo Finance, who announced his decision to give up the Redskins in a column last month. “I’ve had other people say they’re standing by the Redskins, but they can’t blame me and it’s hard. No one has accused me of being a rat jumping off a ship, although I suppose that would be apt.”
“You begin to feel like a sucker, right?” Serwer said. “It’s been 20 years. I understand sticking with your team when they’re down, but why be a sucker?”
In the 20 full seasons since Snyder bought the team in 1999, the Redskins have won two playoff games.
The Ravens have been to the postseason eleven times and won a pair of Super Bowls during that time span.