Dan Snyder speaks on first day of training camp
On the first day of training camp, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sat down for about a four-minute interview with Redskins employees Larry Michael and Larry Weisman on ESPN 980, which of course is owned by Red Zebra, one of Dan Snyder's companies. The interview wasn't necessarily the strongest statement of editorial independence the world has ever seen. The best quotes from the interview are summarized in this block quote:
But then again, the constant demand from fans has been that ownership be less involved, less active, and less meddlesome, so I guess the less the better. In the interest of the historical record, here's the transcript, but if you have any weeds to pull or dirty towels to wash, that would probably be equally enlightening.
Oh, Bruce Allen slept at the office on Wednesday night. That was news to me.
(And I'm adding this later, but for the record, ESPN 980 has hosted some of the strongest Snyder critics, including Andy Pollin and Steve Czaban. I'm not saying the station can't be tough. I'm saying this interview was as tough as banana pudding.)
Michael: Dan, there's a zillion fans out there, and there's just a horrible storm that just hit, you've got to just be impressed by the pride of these Redskin fans to come out here on such a rainy day.
Snyder: I think we've got the greatest fans in the country, and it's really a testimony to the fans, to be out here, thousands of 'em, and hopefully we'll have some nice weather from here on out.
Weisman: And you're giving them a lot of open practices this year, 15 practices. What was going into the thinking to really open this up and make it so accessible?
Snyder: It's really not about me, it's really Shanahan and Bruce, it's their philosophy of how they run training camp and what they do in terms of open practices. And I think it's fantastic. I think it's exciting, and it's a great schedule.
Michael: Dan what has impressed you most first about Bruce Allen since he's come aboard? I remember your introductory press conference, you talked about how tirelessly he would work, and he has done so.
Snyder: He slept here last night actually. He's amazing. He's a complete workaholic, and that's fun to watch.
Michael: And Mike Shanahan, equally a hard worker.
Snyder: Unbelievable. I mean, Mike is a consummate pro, and we're in great hands.
Weisman: What sense do you have as you walk through the building of how different it is?
Snyder: I think there's an optimism and excitement, a real understanding of where we're going now, so it's exciting for everybody.
Michael: You know, coming up on the seventh of August, it's a huge day for the Redskins. Not only is it fan appreciation day - and folks, you probably should start leaving now the house to get here for that day - but also Russ Grimm going into the Hall of Fame. That's going to be a day that I think you'll always remember.
Snyder: It's gonna be a lot of fun. We're hosting a party for him afterwards and we're really excited about it. So we're gonna do fan appreciation day here, and then I think me and Bruce Allen and a few others are gonna fly out and congratulate Russ.
Weisman: Attendnance for that has been spectacular over the years. What do you think will add to it this year?
Snyder: I think it will just be a complete sellout, I think it's gonna be a big big crowd, and hopefully we'll get some good weather.
Michael: Dan, you know thinking ahead, week 1, wouldn't it be cool, week 1, Cowboys in town, for the whole town to kind of get fired up that week? You know, wouldn't it be cool if that was just Redskins Week?
Snyder: Well, it will be, and I think we're gonna have some interesting things planned to support our fan base. And I think it's just a real exciting opportunity to open with the Cowboys at home.
Weisman: Bruce had talked about this at alumni day, that he wants the Indianapolis game to be homecoming.
Snyder: Yeah, Bruce has really led the way with the alumni, and it's something that we're real proud of, our heritage and tradition here, and it's gonna be fantastic. So we're looking forward to that.
Michael: Dan, article in the New York Times today about video experience in stadiums around the NFL, and it was centered in New York because it's the New York Times, but I know Redskins fans have a lot to look forward to in terms of game experience this year, don't they?
Snyder: Well, the new jumbo video boards are fantastic, they're enormous, and not only are they in HD but they're 3D capable as well. So we're really looking forward to showing something new and exciting at the stadium.
Weisman: And there are other additions to the stadium.
Snyder: Yeah, there's a whole bunch of things we're doing new and trying to make the tailgate experience even better this year. We're going to be announcing shortly some new things that [will] open up the season in our tailgating areas.
Michael: Do you have the same feeling when you go out to training camp first day as you have every year, is this a different feeling for you this year with these men working so hard?
Snyder: Yeah, it's exciting. It's a new opportunity. And the future is bright for us.
Michael: Finally, you know Mike Shanahan yesterday talked about defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, and Mike said he's got all his eyes moving forward, and obviously I think that's what the team had always thought they were gonna do: training camp's gonna come and this is the team, isn't it?
Snyder: I hope so, and I think Mike will lead the way, and we're in great hands.
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