Well, Henry just because the Colts won a Super Bowl with Bill Polian making the decisions and Irsay in the room doesn't mean that Irsay is going to know what to do now that he is on his own.
Nobody gives a crap about that BD. Results matter. Wins matter. The process doesn't really. If the Colts continue to lose like they did in 2011 for awhile Irsay will feel the heat, and he'll be called a meddlesome owner that messed with team chemistry. Right now, nobody cares because the Colts won 12 games or more for a decade.
Just like the Cowboys under Johnson made some great personnel moves but we saw that once he was out in Dallas the quality of the acqusitions the team made with Jones acting on his own have been less than optimal in many cases.
Let's face it, the 1995 Cowboys that won were a team constructed by Johnson and run on autopilot. Aikman and Smith admitted as much when asked how much Barry Switzer contributed to that year's championship run.
The only owner that had a successful track record as the de facto GM was Al Davis back in the 1960's to early 1980's.
He was able to work the draft, trades and veteran free agency to win 3 Super Bowls.
Over time as information on small college players and veterans became more diffused through mass media and the use of computers and the internet for pro scouting the advantages that he enjoyed in the past were diminished.
All very interesing, but beside the point. The point wasn't whether or not Irsay deserved to be scrutinized for being meddlesome. The point was why he hasn't been yet. If the Colts crash and burn, he will be. Just like Snyder.
The new model of success in the NFL is the Giants and the Packers. They don't spend mega-bucks on free agents. They don't resign players at top of the market prices if they don't play 'must have' positions - hence the decision by the Giants to let Kevin Boss and Aaron Ross go despite being #2 and #1 picks - and the decision by Green Bay to let Matt Flynn go rather than franchise him and keep him as the #2 for another year or two.
Unfortunately, we are going against the grain. We are signing free agents that were originally low round picks like Garcon and Morgan because we can't find them ourselves.
Meanwhile, in the draft we are gambling ALL on the ability to take a franchise qb this year in Griffin and hoping that he not only becomes a productive NFL quarteback but a star-maker because he will need to compensate with his talent like an Elway for the lack of talent at RB, OL and WR that the loss of all those picks means in pratical terms.
Ah, now your post is starting to make sense.
This is about how we can't find a pro-bowler with a 6th rounder again. I should have known. Again, I think your conclusions are completely faulty. First, we are not going against the grain. We signed Garcon to a contract relative to what several other teams offered him, including the Colts. Morgan is a warm body. He didn't get a huge contract and he'll be competing with our own draftees for playing time. PLENTY of teams sign players like Morgan to contracts like Morgan's.
Secondly, you don't know that we 'can't find them ourselves.' You are making this assumption based on the fact that none of our rookies immediately became elite players at their positions, as if this is a common practice for other teams. It's not. When it does happen, it's the exception not the rule. That the Redskins current front office, after two drafts, haven't stumbled upon one such exception is not proof that they can't find quality players themselves in the later rounds.
Sorry, I'm not going to lose a ton of sleep because the Redskins' front office can't live up to your fantastical expectations.
Lastly, the price for Griffin (or Luck) is steep. But if a first round QB busts, it sets a team back years regardless of what else the team does. If he pans out, the cost in draft picks is mitigated. We made plenty of picks the year we drafted Shuler. We made 10 picks the year we got Ramsey. Doesn't matter if the kid can't play.
If he can ... ask the Panthers what a difference a QB makes.
EDIT: And lastly lastly ... lack of talent at RB? Upon what do you base that assumption?
And, of course, none of this has to do with whether or not Snyder is currently a meddlesome owner.