I've covered Washington football for 18 seasons. That's 18 seasons of mostly losing and four playoffs in 2005, 2007, 2012 and 2015.
I've seen eight coaches come and go: Norv Turner, Steve Spurrier and Mike Shanahan to name a few and 19 quarterbacks -- that's more than one a year. Patrick Ramsey, Jason Campbell, Robert Griffin III and John Beck come to mind for different reasons.
The only constant is the losing. They've only had five winning seasons in that time. People who've been around for the golden years of super bowls and beating Dallas are lucky.
I've always wondered what it would be like to cover a team like the Patriots, Packers or Steelers, those with winning records and longevity at all those positions I mentioned: coach and quarterback.
I feel badly for the fans who are some of the best I've ever seen. They love the team win or lose. Now, however, some are starting to lose hope.
This is evidenced by the empty stands and the fact that there is no longer a waiting list for season ticket holders. Every year starts with big goals and high hopes, but they usually end like this with questions, concerns and criticisms.
In business and in life everything starts at the top. The only constant besides the losing, is the owner, Dan Snyder who isn't going anywhere. He was a fan of the team when he was a kid and as an adult had the opportunity to buy them.
Snyder hasn't been able to get them over the hump in regard to winning and I don't know if he ever will. I just hope I'm still around, covering the team when winning becomes the norm.