In January 1973, when he was a young banker in Sydney, Chuck Coltman paid to hear the Super Bowl VII broadcast over the phone as the Dolphins ended their unbeaten season with a win over his beloved Redskins ended.
"At the time, I could not afford it," said 76-year-old Coltman. who still proves his passion for burgundy and gold with his wallet.
On Sunday, the retired bank employee had an advertising company raise a banner over Miami's Hard Rock Stadium for two hours before the Dolphins hosted the Redskins in a battle of the winless teams. "Help skins fans fire Bruce Allen!" Was the banner ad, a direct shot at Washington's team president, who presided over two playoff appearances and zero postseason wins in his ten-year tenure.
terrible, "said Coltman, who has been following the Redskins since 1956, in a telephone interview after watching Washington improve to 1-5 from the stands at Hard Rock Stadium. "It seems to me that there is a complete lack of understanding of how to manage something, not to let internal competition and internal politics interfere with the goal, as Bruce Allen has done in the past, and he will Do that until we change it. "
After the Redskins dismissed coach Jay Gruden on Monday, Allen told reporters that the culture of the organization was" actually damn good, "Coltman and his son, a die-hard Redskins guy , started collecting ideas to make a statement.
"I decided that at least I should say that this was not a Jay Gruden problem," Coltman said. "It was a management problem, a process problem, and we have to change it."
Coltman joked with the ad agency he contacted about the banner he was originally planning to fly, and that had another message: "Dan, what's Bruce's got to do with you?" The actual message flew from 10 to 12 Watch over the stadium It's unclear whether Allen or Snyder noticed, but the fans on the social media and in the stands have certainly noticed, many of whom told Coltman he was a hero and offered to buy him beer
"It was very exciting to see everyone pointing and taking pictures of it," Coltman said. "I've been posted on Twitter and Facebook I wanted it to spread through social media, and hopefully the team is considering other ways than managing the same Allen regime. "
Coltman, who spent most of his career working and working in Philadelphia, gave up his Redskins season tickets about five years ago, but still attends a few games each season.
"I want to to take part in every game, but now and then you have to have a winner," he said. "The NFL needs a good team in Washington. If Dan Snyder is a good businessman, he has to realize he is losing his customer base. He will not sell the team. If he wants to keep Allen for the stadium deal, okay, but damn, keep him out of the football team's politics. Let's get a pro.
Coltman shot a photo of several fans in "Fire Dan Snyder" T-shirts after Sunday's game and was delighted with a victory for the Redskins, even over an ugly triumph that saw Washington's chances as number one in the world Reaching next year's draft, interfering, and possibly reducing the likelihood that Allen would be released, albeit marginally, from his duties.
] "I hope Dan Snyder was paying attention and could try something else," he said.
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