Originally written on Blog So Hard Sports  |  Last updated 10/30/14
As legend has it, John Kent Cooke was not given the chance to inherit the Washington Redskins from his father after he passed. The team was given to Jack Kent Cooke’s foundation and auctioned off to the highest bidder because that was what Jack had put in his will. In an article by Mike Wise of the Washington post back in October of 2009 — when the Redskins were at their lowest of lows during the decade with the three amigos, Dan, Vinny and Jimmy — Wise got the only interview ever with John Kent Cooke about what happened in the late 1990s and why he didn’t receive the team from his father like Jack had wanted most of his life. John Kent Cooke had to become a bidder at an auction for the Washington Redskins. John thinks if his father had lived a little longer he could have gotten the purchase of the Washington Redskins done and the team would have stayed in the Cooke family forever. He just didn’t have time to get it done. As Mike Wise writes it, Cooke had a meeting with Snyder. He thought he would be gaining a minority partner but Snyder told Cooke was going to purchase the team outright. Obviously, that didn’t sit well with John and he never wanted anything to so with Dan Snyder again. What transpired after that led to one of the most dysfunctional decades the Washington Redskin fan base had seen of their team in nearly 1/2 a century. Dan Snyder and his purchasing group won the auction to own the Washington Redskins. A lot of Snyder apologist say, how do we know John Kent Cooke would have been any better? Well my friends, I assure you John Kent Cooke would have been so much better for the Washington Redskins than Dan Snyder.  Cooke wouldn’t have had his hands in the cookie jar, especially not in 1999 and 2000 when Snyder destroyed a NFC East division and playoff winning (nearly NFCG attending) team. Cooke wouldn’t have fired Charlie Casserly (who had finally figured out the new drafting and FA era after a decade of getting a lot wrong). Cooke would not have hired a low level scout named Vinny Cerrato (or puppet as us Redskins fans like to call him) to head up his player personnel department and eventually (although unqualified) become General Manager of the team.  Norv Turner would have been kept for a few more years unless he was just not progressing the team after we had won the division in 1999 and then come back with the same team the next two years and not won or something. We would have had continuity the way we do now and the way we had in 05 after making the playoffs. Everything would have been different. In 2000 I’m not sure how much would have been different, we had a lot of bad injuries that year like Michael Westbrook tearing his ACL. Still though, Norv wouldn’t have been the only coach in NFL history to basically be fired in front of his team by a stuck little prick of an owner, essentially at a halftime of a game in Dallas stadium when we still could have won the game and could have made the playoffs. I doubt John Kent Cooke would have went in to our locker room and yelled at his coach so the players could hear the argument at the half. Snyder made our head coach look like the smallest person on the planet in the biggest game of the year. That was the end of the season right there, and we had a winning record at the time! I forget what Snyder suggested (Steve Czaban talks about it every once in a while) but I believe he told Norv to bench Brad Johnson — our division winning and playoff game winning WB from just the year before — and put Jeff George in and make other personnel moves or game plan moves Snyder wanted at half time. It was effin insane! With John Kent Cooke at the helm this team would have been better last decade and would be better today. The Redskins would not have traded Champ Bailey, the Redskins would not have screwed over Lavar Arrington, re-signed our own players (not other teams FAs) like James Thrash, Antonio Pierce, and Ryan Clark. The Redskins would not have given huge contracts to Adam Archuleta and Albert Haynesworth. They would have been a lot more respected around the league amongst other owners and I can assure you something like “cap gate” would have never happened NOR the Vinny Cerrato decade long mistake. So, I assure you Redskins fans, if John Kent Cooke still owned the Redskins today, things would have been better over the past thirteen years and especially today for the Washington Redskins. “I want to be buried in a burgundy-and-gold coffin. And when I’m gone, someone named Cooke is going to run this team. And when he’s gone, someone else named Cooke is going to run this team.” — Jack Kent Cooke, 1992 My, my, my…. how things would have been different Mr. Cooke. I wish you would have stood firm to those words you had in 1992. Related posts: 10 Free Agents The Redskins Should Go After John Wall And The Wizards Are On A Tear! Predictions for the Redskins vs. Seahawks Playoff Match-Up
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