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Snyder takes responsibility for Zorn hiring

When the Redskins hired Jim Zorn, Daniel Snyder described him as "the right guy." Evidently not; two years later, Zorn was fired, after one of the most embarrassing seasons in franchise history.

I haven't heard much self-doubt from Snyder on this issue, but he provided plenty in his interview with the bloggers from Hogs Haven Tuesday night.

"It starts with me," he said, of his decision to fire Zorn. "It starts with really understanding where we were as a franchise, understanding that hey, I made a wrong decision...admitting that to yourself."

He returned to the topic later, when asked about getting blamed for the Redskins' on-field woes.

"You know...you're responsible as the owner of the team... so because you own the team, it's your fault," Snyder said. "On the other hand, I don't look at it that way. I really see this as a stewardship...it's something that the fans own the team and my responsibility is to try and do the right thing. I think Joe Gibbs...for four years you didn't hear anything about me, and when someone would say anything, Joe would go and say, "Let me tell you what the truth because we better be clear." And then I hired a rookie head coach and we went in a...poor direction. It's the past and I look forward to the future. I've got myself a Hall of Fame head coach, and a fantastic General Manager so we're in good hands."

There's much, much more in there, but the issue sort of came up one last time, when the Hogs Haven guys asked if firing Vinny Cerrato was meant as a symbolic lifeline to Redskins fans that they could start to have hope again.

"That wasn't the driver," Snyder said. "For me the driver was: my intentions are pure. I'm trying to win, OK? I'm trying to do good in the community. I'm trying to be a good father for my kids, trying to be a good family man. I'm also trying to get this franchise to where it belongs which is the Super Bowl and championships, and the highest level both on and off the field. And we were headed in the wrong direction. It's very simple. And the first thing you have to do is look in the mirror and you have to say-and be honest with yourself, you can't say well, 'Hope springs eternal and it's going to get better and what Vinny Cerrato or Jim Zorn says is going to be great.' No, reality is reality. You know, I didn't call two fake field goals in a row."

Which is a shame, because until that point, Snyder had managed not to throw the first-time head coach completely under oncoming traffic. But hey, he deserved it for that one. I just watched The Swinging GateGate again this morning. Man, was that bad.

Oh, and I believe Snyder offered his first public comments on the decision to ban all signs from FedEx Field last season.

"The front office has been changed," he said.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2010; 1:59 PM ET
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Comments

As much as I despise some of the things Snyder has done, I never doubted for an instant that he wanted to win. You just don't throw that kind of money around at players unless you want to win very badly. But he clearly didn't know HOW to win and too ego bound to admit it. Until now, at least.

Posted by: poguesmahone | August 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I don't find this very sincere whatsoever as evidenced by the "...so because you own the team, it's your fault," Snyder said. "On the other hand, I don't look at it that way..." line.

Also, all the insincere drivel about stewardship, pure intentions, doing good in the community, being a good father, family, etc., are just pathetic attempts at selling tickets and making profit (which is his first priority instead of winning).

Posted by: playahatah | August 4, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Zorn single-handedly brought to Skins to their knees. No Zorn = No Shanny and no Allen. So I guess all is well that ends well. Still in retrospect it does make you wonder what was going on when they hired perhaps the stupidest person ever to grace a sideline. He should have fired Zorn at "Maroon and Black". Ever forward.

Posted by: kieran2001 | August 4, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Snyder has suffered greatly for following Jack Kent Cooke as owner. Cooke, not a great human being , but a near flawless owner, had a knack for making decisions that were good for the team and were good for the fans. Cooke set himself up as the final judge between his GM and coach and otherwise didn't interfere. Cooke was always looking to make the product more enjoyable for the fans. Those little things do count. I think Snyder is getting the hang of this with the new big screens at the stadium.

Posted by: JAMNEW | August 4, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Come on, WaPo! Articles like this one should really come with a warning label.

"WARNING! The contents of this article contain material that may cause nausea, high blood pressure, and sudden-onset rage. Consult a doctor before reading, and remove all sharp and/or heavy objects from the reading area."

Posted by: noslok | August 4, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I am reading too much into this, but either Dan Snyder has suddenly grown a soul and a conscience, or he is very ill/dying. There is a humility here that we have rarely (ever?) seen and it reminds me of how friends have reacted when they were diagnosed with a serious medical condition.

Posted by: TheOneWhoHurtsMost | August 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Snyder finally went to the man responsible for the great Redskin teams: Bobby Beathard. He told him to hire professionals, make them accountable and get out of their way so they can ryun the team. So far, he is following that advice. Professionals are running the team - NOT Snyder - and we have a chance to succeed.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 4, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

He just dumped money into upgrading your ticket prices (party zones and bigger screens) etc... he has pie in his face and it is being licked off by Big Al... yes, he has done the right thing by getting a GM and a hard nosed coach but when you start to see the writing on the wall (Called the bottom line and fan interest).. you better start kissing butt and making amends.. I personally think that it is way to late in the game. What he has done and how he has treated people (Employees etc...) has already stuck to the wall. he might be a great father and husband but he is not a good person. You don't stick it to your fans then apologize when things are not going good and you want forgiveness... you want forgiveness... lower ticket prices, make it more enjoyable to come to FedEx because I am a die hard (38 years)... I will always be a die hard but I wont drink the cool aid.... the fan experience at FedEx is miserable.

Posted by: rvanags | August 4, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

That article was just a bunch of name dropping and scapegoating from Snyder.

"Joe Gibbs this, Shanahan that... I cut Vinny and Zorn lose... blah, blah, blah"

After the wins @ Dallas and @ Philly in 2008, Snyder was the smartest man on the planet.

Things aren't changing. The Redskins will forever be the laughingstock of the NFC East.

Posted by: Scoonie97 | August 4, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm not at all persuaded by anything Snyder says. Not only has he been a horrible owner in terms of football personnel decisions and team management, failing to achieve anything impressive on the field in over 10 years of "stewardship," but he's also treated the fans like garbage. The football experience at FedEx Field is the worst in the NFL and we pay the highest price for it. After 40+ years of loving this team, it just isn't there for me anymore. And for that, Mr. Snyder can take full responsibility.

Posted by: SkinsFan333 | August 4, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

It's about time Synder owned up to at least some of the mistakes he has made since he became owner. Jim Zorn should not have been made head coach this soon in his career. His original title of OC was his next step in coaching but thanks to Synder's mishandling of a head coach search, Zorn ended up being the man. And the last season showed that he wasn't ready for that much responsibility.

Posted by: roscoemann71 | August 4, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

I absolutely agree with nosiok that this article should have come with a warning label. Of course we get one or two of these every, every, every year. What a bunch of BS!

Posted by: newbridge | August 4, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

I think the issue with Snyder is he thinks he can do EVERYTHING. Football, just like some aspects of business, is not a textbook aided course. His fascination with free agents and the devaluation of draft picks is a case in point that he and his people DID NOT know football. it's bad enough they signed the big name guys, they also signed kick returners to nice contracts and other teams backups like they struck gold. they had a foolish philosophy that disgruntled players would make good players, like the Redskins were going to be the Raiders. As he said reality is reality, the reality is he and his regime sucked big time for 10-years.

Is he willing to totally step back and let folks build a winning team? So far so good, but let's see when the next premier free agent hits the market.

Posted by: oknow1 | August 4, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

This is drivel. The worst thing that ever happened to the Skins was Snyder. Snyder still thinks he is the man and that the troubles related to the Skins are other's fault.

I knew both Jack and John Cooke and Dan could not carry their jocks. This team will never return to its greatness with Dan Snyder as the owner. I gave up my 10 season tickets two years ago and have not regretted it since.

Posted by: UnhappyFan | August 4, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

I really can't believe Synder is ripping off Ted Leonsis again.

"I really see this as a stewardship...it's something that the fans own the team and my responsibility is to try and do the right thing"

...that's right out of the Leonsis handback since the day he bought the Capitals.

Posted by: bonzaidrew | August 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

now that snyder has made his training camp speech, he needs to take a vacation, a long one, that lasts at least until the season starts in ernest. no more comments or quotes, no sitting on the sidelines at pratice. just disappear for a while. that i think will appease most of the fans who believe nothing he says. in the best interest of mending bridges, the less synder, the better. let a competetive team develop without seeing or hearing synder. maybe in 3 or 4 years of being competent as a franchise, the fans will at least recognize synder as a nfl owner and not some billionaire fantasy team owner.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | August 4, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Kinda goes with NOBODY in the neighborhood will come out and work on his house...because he's such an a__ __.

Zorn...guess he was the reason they had no O Line,no running game,no wide receivers...a defense that consistently gave up 4th quarter leads then turned it back over to a QB who had no offense...

Posted by: petebowling1 | August 4, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Good interview. I wish Snyder would give more of these. The guy is obviously a good man with good intentions and only cares about one thing: winning. The more interviews like these that he gives, the more the fans will realize that.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

@barn01

hahaha, good joke...

Posted by: joerutgens72 | August 4, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

You signed him to be your head coach so you did call those two fake field goals. Just like you hired Joe Gibbs and called back to back timeouts. We (the fans) did not hire you or vote you in as the owner. Nor did we hire a QB coach as head coach. There is no stewardship. Take some if not all of the blame for the pathetic state of this franchise. What a egotistical POS. You don't see it that way? The fans own the team? No fan would have signed Deion Sanders. No fan would tell his fellow fans they cannot bring a sign to the game. No fan would raise ticket prices to watch a team that is consistently at the bottom of the NFC East. No fan would put a seat behind a concrete pillar and charge full price for it. If and when the Skins turn things around you will be there wanting all the credit yet you can't take any of the blame. You are a sad little man.

Posted by: bigtom34 | August 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

What Snyder still needs to ask himself is would Zorn have succeeded if he had been hired as head coach of a quality organization like Bal,Pit,Phi,etc. Are John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin that much smarter and better leaders then Zorn or do they have a better support system and structure from the front office and scouting staff? Harbaugh had never been above special teams coach and he looks like he can compete for Super Bowls for the near future. I'd say it's because he has a far better owner and GM.

Posted by: bukaki23 | August 4, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

There was never anything wrong With Zorn. The problem is on the field with the players - mostly it was the Failed go nowhere QB Jason Campbell. Changing the coach aint gonna help the Skins make the playoffs. They are a bad team and will be for years. Dont get your hopes up this year or next.

Posted by: espnfan | August 4, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Heh heh, man, thanks, Barno - you're always good for a laugh.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | August 4, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I really can't believe Synder is ripping off Ted Leonsis again.

"I really see this as a stewardship...it's something that the fans own the team and my responsibility is to try and do the right thing"

...that's right out of the Leonsis handback since the day he bought the Capitals.

Posted by: bonzaidrew | August 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Its never a bad idea to rip off a good idea.

Posted by: alex35332 | August 4, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ha Ha Ha, Hoo-Boy! Oh, my side hurts from laughing so hard. So Danny the Fanboy sounds earnest because "he only cares about winning"? What a crock! Find me one owner anywhere, in any sport, that ever said the words "I don't care about winning".

The fact of the matter is the Dan Snyder has run this once proud franchise into the ground. Period. They will do better this year, but so what? Snyder will just keep making millions as long as people keep buying his product.

I'm not spending another dime on this team as long as he owns it. I want to see the Skins do well; I've been rooting for this team since 1966. It pains me to see what a joke they have become. As long as Snyder owns the team, I don't see that changing.

Posted by: FORMERskinsfan1 | August 4, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

This small man still cannot accept blame for the shape of this franchise. Since he bought the team, it has been a complete disaster. IT IS ALL YOUR FAULT.

The jury is still out on whether he can change and not interfere with the GM and coach. (Well, this is the 1st time we had a real GM) Hopefully, Snyder will stay the hell out of the picture.

Posted by: sruppert | August 4, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Let us praise Mr. Snyder because he is still here. Let us trash Coach Zorn because he is gone. Let us trash Mr. Cerrato because he is long gone and even longer hated.

The truth is that Snyder and Cerrato threw Zorn under the bus the day they decided to keep him as both rookie Head Coach and rookie Offensive Coordinator and experienced Quaterbacks Coach. If Zorn did not have the sense to give up the other jobs, Snyder and Cerrato should have insisted that he could only be Head Coach. The problem was that Zorn had already started implementing his new offense and changing offensive schemes twice in one off season would have been too much even for the Redskins and their then QB Campbell.

Posted by: krush01 | August 4, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

NOBODY has been more negative towards Snyder than me...mainly because he had spent $0.00 on a legit GM and too much money on UNqualified or has been coaches...and overpaid has been free agents....

But with the hiring of ShanAllen , i vowed until proven otherwise, to shut up...and would hope all the NON STOP SNYDER HATERS*** ..."GET OVER IT and Shut the XXXX UP.....unless/ until the current regime repeats prior screw ups.

*** Don't/Won't GO.....so If the HATE is based on your DEADex nightmare experiences, that's probably a legit reason....

Posted by: FletcherChristian1 | August 4, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I really can't believe Synder is ripping off Ted Leonsis again.

"I really see this as a stewardship...it's something that the fans own the team and my responsibility is to try and do the right thing"

...that's right out of the Leonsis handback since the day he bought the Capitals.

Posted by: bonzaidrew | August 4, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Damn you Dan Snyder, why can't you be more like Ted Leonsis!" -typical WaPo blog comment

"Damn you Dan Snyder, stop trying to be like Ted Leonsis" -paraphrasing bonzaidrew

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

His mistake was buying the team

Posted by: aussiebones | August 4, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

I know it must be hard as hell to run a franchise and be successfull. I'm thinking Dan Snyder is finally going to get it right!! I can say one thing and that is he has no problem spending money on the REDSKINS. I think he has learned to give up on the micro managing and to trust his people....Good Luck Danny!!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | August 4, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

i haven't read all the comments above - but isn't interesting that on the YouTube video of the Swinging Gate that Zorn was wearing a Maroon and Black jacket!!! :D

Posted by: charley42 | August 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

And Zorn wins on the fake field goal... he wanted to stick it to Dan with that and sounds like he did. Way to go, Jim.

Posted by: HollywoodPlayboy | August 4, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Hell... all he had to do was read these boards before making that decision and we could have told him that... and other things.

Posted by: oda155 | August 4, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Come on. He hired Zorn as an Offensive Coordinator before he hired a Head Coach. The guy knows how to make money, but not how to run a football team. At least he fired Ceratto. I hope he keeps hands off and lets Allen and Shanahan do what they can.

Posted by: steven09 | August 4, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Somehow, some way, this is all Sidney Crosby's fault.

Posted by: GoPens | August 4, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

oooooh Danny Boy it never ends with you......you don't get it, you build a team (takes time) you dont buy them over night.
Shanny will be gone in 2-3 years tired of being you're buddy, then it will be the wrong decision again.
Zorn was great in Seattle and will probably be great in Baltimore, sounds like most of the players that pass through the Redskins organization.
Hail to DANNYBOY RULER OF THE SKINS !!!!

Posted by: dannyboyrules | August 4, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

"I really see this as a stewardship...it's something that the fans own the team and my responsibility is to try and do the right thing."

HA! This from the guy suing fans last year and whom has enacted every strategy possible for wringing every last dime out of a fanbase that even after nearly a decade is still obsessed with this team.

Posted by: svonberg | August 4, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Right now Dan appears to be running the team in a responsible way. Putting professionals in place and letting them do there job. Hopefully they will have some measure of success, then we will see if Dan has truly learned anything. Will he continue to let the pros run the team or becomes convinced again that he is the smartest man in the world and retakes control.

Posted by: pr529 | August 4, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I wasnt able to read every comment here, but at least snyder is starting to realize he has imperfections......it was extra stupid to dump all over zorn a few years later......and dont blame it all on zorn either....plenty of blame to go around...and i will tell you stupid: signing the contract with Big Al.....that has to be the biggest and stupidest business decision ever made in professional sports!!! dont talk about Zorn!!

Posted by: Keret1 | August 4, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Danny... You can prove what you are saying by winning. As you said, it starts at the top.

Posted by: spidermonkey | August 4, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

The Danny STILL hasn't figured those fake field goals out? Really?

One more time Dan, that was a giant FU from Zorn to you. You peed all over him in public and Jim returned the favor.

OK? Got it now? Good, now let's move on.

Posted by: tslats | August 4, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Two things here, if you people really believe that you have seen the last of Vinny Cerato, you are crazy. Think about the point and time when Shanny will tire of this mental and physical midget, Dannyboy will turn to the one person who will pump him back up and make him feel in charge of his own team again.

Second thing you fool snyder, do not ever, ever again let a player have a run around the coach or front office again and have your ear. If you try to be everything to everyone, you will be nothing to both. The very one thing you must do is let the pro's you hire have the authority to be the boss. If you are really the boss, then you really get the results that come with that intrusion. STAY THE HELL AWAY!

Bottom line dan is that you suck at everything an owner must be except signing checks. And even then, somebody better be in place to make you not sign the wrong ones again. You can revisit history and say Zorn this or Vinny this. Vinny was there to stroke your ego and nothing else. Make you feel like the both of you knew what you were doing. You have the results of ten years in, you need to keep your greedy hands off the football decisions. no more, no less and that is the only way this franchise has a chance to be great again!

Posted by: klangley69 | August 4, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Too bad he didn't try to bury the hatchet with Zorn, at least according to your excerpts. He could have been more complementary of Zorn's efforts and skills, while at the same time admitting that he shouldn't have been hired as a head coach.

Posted by: dhenken1 | August 4, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is a donkey, always will be when it comes to this team. He thinks because he had success in the business world that translates to the NFL; its a shame it's taken a decade to make a decent couple of decisions.
Problem is that his bad management of this team has put us in bad shape in terms of draft picks, older players and a lack of depth. It's gonna take a couple of years to get this thing turned around and if you look at the NFC right now there are a lot of good teams in front of us - Dallas, Minnesota, Green Bay, Atlanta, New Orleans, New York and I guess you could make a case for San Fran too. Philly - probably about the same level as us, Arizona with Leihnert....same I guess. Seattle, Detroit, Chicago - I wouldn't say we are prohibitively better than those teams so there is a lot of work to do.
You know every year there are 4-5 teams that are supposed to be down and they make the playoffs, and 4-5 teams you think are going to be good that have crap years. Maybe this will be our year to shine a little but I'm not counting on it. I think best case scenario is 9-7 and 7-9 is probably more likely.
I'll give Snyder credit for doing it right this time but it doesn't mean it will show on the field right away.

Posted by: DESkinzFan1 | August 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

daniel snyder is a shrewd business man and a horrible public speaker. the lies seep through his teeth. vinny cerrato was the worst front office manager the redskins have ever seen. albert haynesworth for 1,000,000 $$ are you kidding me. jim zorn has all the faith in the world and hopefully someday will prove these evil bigots wrong and put them in their place. i like shanny and allen, thank god cerrato is not around anymore, but daniel snyder is an idiot and a liar.

Posted by: BMACattack | August 4, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

im retarted...100,000,000$$

Posted by: BMACattack | August 4, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Did Zorn also decide to start suing long time season ticket holders who happened to experience financial difficulty during one of the worst economic periods in all of American history?

Or was that just part of these various ongoing Dr. Evil-esque schemes to get back to the Super Bowl?

Posted by: zippyspeed | August 4, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Last thing Snyder, I have been a sports junkie my whole life of 51 years. I have never, ever heard of an owner suing his fans over tickets. Especially during a recession and especially when you supoosedly have a waiting list 100,000 strong. And you think the stadium is expensive and a bad experience now. Wait until this jerk wants another one and you too life-long, die-hard season ticket holders will have the boot of Dan snyder on your throat trying to get personal seat liscenses monies from you too like the Jets and giants are doing now to their fans. Marking the ticket itself up 1000% won't be enough for this greedy owner either. So to show the true state of the our beloved redskins, these are the good times. How does it feel???

Posted by: klangley69 | August 4, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Actually Snyder's first mistake was in buying the team in the first place. Hiring Zorn, Vinny, et al are just peripheral mistakes.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 4, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Did Zorn also decide to start suing long time season ticket holders who happened to experience financial difficulty during one of the worst economic periods in all of American history?

Or was that just part of these various ongoing Dr. Evil-esque schemes to get back to the Super Bowl?

Posted by: zippyspeed | August 4, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

The team sued those who have broken multi-year contracts for tens of thousands of dollars premium tickets. Any business would do the same thing. You sign a contract, you are expected to honor that contract. I'm sorry but I don't feel the least bit sorry for folks who signed multi-year contracts for premium seats and then decided they didn't want to pay. These are the same kinds of people who bought more than they could afford in the housing industry and destroyed the market.

Besides, Snyder had nothing to do with it and the Redskins ended up dropping their lawsuit against the grandma who bought more than she could afford.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 4, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

You have an owner willing to spend to win which is great but unless you have a defense like the Ravens and Bears did when they won the Super Bowl you better have a great Quarterback.

The Redskins biggest mistake under Snyder is there hasn't been a great QB. Brunell sucked. Not sure about the Eagle.

Posted by: PENSguy17 | August 4, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

You have an owner willing to spend to win which is great but unless you have a defense like the Ravens and Bears did when they won the Super Bowl you better have a great Quarterback.

The Redskins biggest mistake under Snyder is there hasn't been a great QB. Brunell sucked. Not sure about the Eagle.

Posted by: PENSguy17 | August 4, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

OK That explains Zorn and Cerrato. What about Spurrier ? What about parting ways with Marty ? Snyder certainly has the right to screw up his team - he owns it. We're just along for the ride, and paying as we go. But it's his train set. Hope indeed springs eternal with Shanahan and Allen. I like the coach and GM, now they need the right players, the right age players too. This is a transition year, I would do like Marty did, clear the decks of all the individuals and build a real team, starting with letting AH go.

Posted by: bfjam | August 4, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse


Sorry, I can't feel bad for Snyder. I think that Zorn could have been a very good coach if he didn't have Snyder and Cerrato micromanaging every move he made.

Are you going to hire anymore washed up hacks to look over the coach's shoulder? Now, you still have that Big "A?" to worry your little mind.

I haven't been to a Redskin's game since they team left RFK. I doubt I will ever be back.


Posted by: mortified469 | August 4, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Please all; please none. The guy's looks make up for any deficits in judgment. . .

Posted by: IIntgrty | August 4, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

"I made a wrong decision." No. That is ridiculous. I was a shrewd decision, made by a man with extensive knowledgable and experience in professional football. A mistake? No way. Snyder is being too hard on himself. He has a long history of hiring winning coaches, and shouldn't let one poor choice spoil his record....

Posted by: festus75 | August 4, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Is it just me, or does Snyder, wearing that jacket and cap, look like a guy headed to a private booth in an adult bookstore?

Posted by: randysbailin | August 4, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Snyder and Cerrato were suckered into hiring Zorn by the Cowboys. Remember, they were considering Jason Garrett as their head coach. S/C thought they could one up them by saying that they had their own boy genius. The Cowboys did the right thing and let Garrett learn slowly. Unfortunately for Zorn, he didn't get that chance. Jerry Jones was probably snickering.

Posted by: jgllo | August 4, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Tell it, Festus. Little jerk has handed golden parachutes to a parade of wimps, gimps, and pimps. Now he says he made "A" mistake, and it's..Zorn! Outstanding.

Posted by: redlineblue | August 4, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Snyder,
Great job hiring Shanny and Allen. Why did you need to throw Zorn under the bus? A class act is always in vogue. A real leader rises above the need to belittle someone else. The past is behind us. Let's not revisit it.

Posted by: stevesuders | August 4, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder rules!

Posted by: Bob-S | August 4, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Snyder,
Great job hiring Shanny and Allen. Why did you need to throw Zorn under the bus? A class act is always in vogue. A real leader rises above the need to belittle someone else. The past is behind us. Let's not revisit it.

Posted by: stevesuders | August 4, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Ditto.

Once you fire someone, it's tacky to bad mouth him. Zorn originally came here to be the offensive coordinator. He didn't pursue the job of head coach working for this idiot.

Posted by: randysbailin | August 4, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

this little weasel plays fantasy football and keeps brining in rerun bums that literally will set the franchise back five years. mcchicken, portis, and about 5 others should be clipped and build it from the ground up with nothing but 23-27 year old hungry men with some place to go. these clowns will be 4-12 again if they don't get smoked by bum street detroit, tampa, and st. louis because 5 got smoked two in a row to end the season and they are knocking on his door 9/12 and it ain't gonna be pretty.

Posted by: doyouktt | August 4, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

Buying the Skins was the worst decision of Snyder's life from the perspective of a long time Redskins fan. Suing the grandma was number two. Taking the sign away from the soldier's wife was number three. Squeezing every last dollar from a bad product number four. Zorn (a nice guy) was way down on the list of his bad ideas.

Posted by: jburnetti | August 4, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

to me its not about the hiring its about how they treated him , its about how clueless they where about putting together a solid group . its about players going above Zorn cause off Snyder not about the Hiring its about how Snyder does business

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | August 5, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

No sincerity from Danny. Go figure, were talking about a guy that made all his money telemarketing when your trying to eat dinner. He is a sleaze bag and has proven with his totalitarian policies and greedy decision making firing employees and suing fans to pay for fat Albert, that he is a greater scumbag than all members of the Jersey Shore combined.

Dan, when your a hands-on owner and the team stinks, it is mostly your fault. Just say your sorry, treat your employees at ALL levels with respect, start treating fans with respect (prices do not have to be that high, we can say what we want) and never make another football decision again.

Posted by: mcgratsp | August 5, 2010 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Where things started to go initially wrong was the NFL owners allowing Snyder to become the majority owner. If Jack Kent Cooke hadnt written such a bizarre will....*sigh*

Posted by: semilost44 | August 5, 2010 1:38 AM | Report abuse

"Zorn single-handedly brought to Skins to their knees. No Zorn = No Shanny and no Allen. So I guess all is well that ends well."

Wow - the team hasn't even had their first scrimmage and you're already declaring the new regime a success?

I only have one question: when your Redskins bed sheets are being washed, do you have a backup set?

Posted by: kemp13 | August 5, 2010 5:51 AM | Report abuse

Refusing to take the blame for poor behavior and management is pathological.
And if he's merely the steward while the fans are the real owners, why are the real owners frisked like common criminals on entry to Fedex Field?
Dan Snyder is not a good person and he's a terrible, terrible owner.

Posted by: DKB755 | August 5, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Bottom line for me is look how many years you waisted making bad decisions and the effect it had on the team, fans and the image of the organization.

Many fans have a serious hate for you and feel that the organization will NEVER win as long as you head it.

I don't feel that way but you sure made it bad for yourself.

Posted by: keedrow | August 5, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

He didn't call two time outs in a row either

Posted by: Daveguin1 | August 5, 2010 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Had Zorn been paid $40 mill for going 30-34 with 2 playoffs that went no where special like the NFC title game, Redskins Nation would call him out. You'd say "so what, 2 playoffs in 4 seasons while being overpaid".
Norv made the playoffs here, winning the division in 1999, be4 being fired the next season. So where's Jim Mora about "playoffs, playoffs, playoffs" no one remembers. the USA remembers champions, not who made playoffs. So what Gibbs II made playoffs, Dan S - was it worth the $40 mill you paid him for that? Why didn't Dan S. speak out about 30-34 in exchange for $40 mill?


Cleveland Cavs coach just got fired after making the playoffs EACH season. Thus "playoffs". And ...

Posted by: kedavis | August 5, 2010 7:56 AM | Report abuse

I've read more than a few of Barno's idiotic comments before, but saying Snyder "only cares about winning" really takes the cake. I refuse waste space on why intelligent people know Snyder cares more about money & his ego than winning. If he weren't seeing his profits dwindling, he would NOT be on the current course.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 5, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

for all that, Snyder is still terrible at faking the sincere and thoughtful. as for his "stewardship" for the fans, he reveals himself with "I've got myself a Hall of Fame head coach, and a fantastic General Manager so we're in good hands." So much for fan inclusiveness in that statement. To Snyder, the team is his and only his; the fans are only good for how much money we're willing to fork over.

Posted by: mkb8530 | August 5, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Dan Snyder feel super about having a disciplinarian on board (Marty S.)? Didn't he say great things when HR hired Spurrier and what a super offense would follow? Didn't HE REALLY feel great that Joe Gibbs was back? He sure said so a million times followed by 30-34 the next 4 seasons. HE even said great things about Zorn, almost implying that Jim was a young Gibbs in 1981.

For all of you so giddy over Dan AGAIN being so happy about HIS hiries, ask your self this? One: on your job, if the CEO kept bringing in the next rising fundraiser that failed to raise funds be4 leaving with top salary after say 2 years and you saw this 7 times, would you buy into the 8th new rising star? If so, you are a fool.

Posted by: kedavis | August 5, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

Didn't Dan Snyder feel super about having a disciplinarian on board (Marty S.)? Didn't he say great things when HR hired Spurrier and what a super offense would follow? Didn't HE REALLY feel great that Joe Gibbs was back? He sure said so a million times followed by 30-34 the next 4 seasons. HE even said great things about Zorn, almost implying that Jim was a young Gibbs in 1981.

For all of you so giddy over Dan AGAIN being so happy about HIS hires, ask your self this? One: on your job, if the CEO kept bringing in the next rising fundraiser that failed to raise funds be4 leaving with top salary after say 2 years and you saw this 7 times, would you buy into the 8th new rising star? If so, you are a fool.

Posted by: kedavis | August 5, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

Not persuaded. the miget has a dark heart, will root for the team, but will never, ever, put another penny into snyder's pocket, no games, no tickets, no concessions and no merchandise.

Posted by: nolngeraseasontixhder | August 5, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

As a Redskin fan of 60-plus years, I have tried to not be too critical of the current owner of the team. But it strikes me as a bit much that Mr. Snyder has to announce that his decision to hire Jim Zorn as head coach was a mistake. Why, in effect, trash a decent man who months ago was given the gate after a combined record of 12-20? It may be that in another two or so years the current coach also will have failed expectations. I would not bet the farm that the current regime brings a winner to ole D.C., and I hope I am very wrong about this.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | August 5, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Danny,

Thanks!

Since Snyder is merely a steward and I, as a fan, now actually own part of the team what is my pro rata share of the team's profit? Also, may I please sell my portion of the team because I'd like to buy a beach house with real estate prices so beaten down?

I've been a fan for over 40 years and my family and I have season tickets so my ownership share should be significant.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | August 5, 2010 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Jim Zorn has class. Dan Snyder has money, and wishes he had class. On the one hand he says he's the owner and the buck stops here, then immediately says he doesn't see it that way. Snyder didn't hire Zorn to be the head coach -- no one else of any stature in the league would come work for him, he turned to Zorn in desperation, then immediately made it impossible for him to be successful (you have to beg CP to work out, certain stars have a direct line to the owner. And then the fiasco of Haynesworth - caused 100% by Snyder).
I used to attend 3 - 5 Skins games every year. Now, its 15 Nats games and 10 Caps games. MUCH BETTER! Better venues, better team spirit, better experience. Redskins ruled this town when it was a one sport town - and I've rooted for them since 1959. Still will - but Snyder doesn't get another penny of my money.

Posted by: humbleandfree | August 5, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

Dan criticizes Zorn in effect after 12-20, but not Gibbs II after the fact for going 30-34. One (Joe) cost him $40 mill for an average 4 yr run that was still a losing record, no matter how many meaningless playoff games were played. The other cost alot less. I'd be pissed at the ROI on Joe II, not Jim.

Had Dan (over)spent $3 mill on a house in a $65k neighborhood, he'd be pissed. e'll that's what Gibbs II amounted too (the ROI), yet he criticizes the other one that lost too. And wonders why he can't win.

Posted by: kedavis | August 5, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

On just coaching decisions...
Wrong to fire Turner (when he did before end of season). Right to hire Schottenhiemer. Wrong to fire Schottenheimer. Wrong to hire Spurrier. Spurrier quit. Right to hire Joe Gibbs. Gibbs quit. Wrong to hire Zorn. Right to fire Zorn. Right to hire Shanahan. 4-4 not a great record...

Posted by: sovine08 | August 5, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Sure - tell us how much you car, Danny. When I can go to a game with my wife and have to spend $50 for a couple burgers and beers. Or $25 to park in a parking lot 5 miles away and wait for a freakin' bus when I could just as easily park for free at the mall and walk across the freakin street.

I won't be back for a lo-o-o-ng time.

Posted by: epicurean1 | August 5, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Stewardship my a$$.

Posted by: Insert_Name_Here | August 5, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Has the guy made a right decision yet? He's oh for the 21st century.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 5, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

"Maybe I am reading too much into this, but either Dan Snyder has suddenly grown a soul and a conscience, or he is very ill/dying. There is a humility here that we have rarely (ever?) seen and it reminds me of how friends have reacted when they were diagnosed with a serious medical condition."

Speaking as one who has been through it, that kind of diagnosis for your wife creates a similar reaction.

Posted by: zimbar | August 5, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

The Danny STILL hasn't figured those fake field goals out? Really?

One more time Dan, that was a giant FU from Zorn to you. You peed all over him in public and Jim returned the favor.

OK? Got it now? Good, now let's move on.

Posted by: tslats | August 4, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

The depth of the stupidity it must take to believe such an unbelievably asinine conspiracy theory must be deeper than the ocean itself.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 5, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I've read more than a few of Barno's idiotic comments before, but saying Snyder "only cares about winning" really takes the cake. I refuse waste space on why intelligent people know Snyder cares more about money & his ego than winning. If he weren't seeing his profits dwindling, he would NOT be on the current course.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 5, 2010 8:11 AM | Report abuse

Guess lots and lots and lots of people who know Snyder a helluva lot better than you do "take the cake" as well with their "idiotic" belief that Snyder only cares about winning.

He may care about making money--doesn't everybody?--but his first and foremost priority is so blatantly obviously winning that only a total fool would argue differently.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad to have an owner like Snyder who will do anything to help the Redskins win. We could be stuck with a owner like the Cincinnati Bengals who won't pay anybody and only picks up ex-cons and has-been's. at least he does what it takes he doesn't know all the free agents he signs are going to flop he does it hoping it makes the team better not to save a buck by signing ex-cons to minimum deals. I swear everytime i read the comments i think its Cowgirl fans posting them get behind your team and stay there dont leave when its bad times and dont run to the front of the line when we are doing good like you believed in us the whole time. Support our Redskins stop bashing the owner and the players if you are going to do that go to a Cowgirls site where your stupidity will be welcomed. Hail to the die-hard redskins fans who bleed burgandy and gold and death to all the fair-weather fans who have no idea what they are talkin about

HTTR!!! RIP#21 4ever

Posted by: cpt55back | August 5, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

The only question is which is more important to Dan "Only Cares About Winning" Snyder: his ego or his bank account.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Zorn never had a chance to be a good coach with an owner looking over his shoulder. Players, like Portis and Haynesworth, always knew they could go right around Zorn and talk to Snyder personally. No one can be an effective leader in that environment.

Posted by: sonny2 | August 5, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

And Joe Gibbs II was as big a mistake as Zorn. Joe II was a waste of time because Joe came back for the money while his sons took control of the racing thing. Joe decided if Spurrier could make 5 mil then so could Joe.

I cannot say how much respect I lost for Joe Gibbs as a result of his half-hearted effort in Stint II.

Joe Gibbs I took the fans to the Super Bowl. Joe Gibbs II just plain took the fans.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

And Joe Gibbs II was as big a mistake as Zorn. Joe II was a waste of time because Joe came back for the money while his sons took control of the racing thing. Joe decided if Spurrier could make 5 mil then so could Joe.

I cannot say how much respect I lost for Joe Gibbs as a result of his half-hearted effort in Stint II.

Joe Gibbs I took the fans to the Super Bowl. Joe Gibbs II just plain took the fans.

Posted by: hz9604 | August 5, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

You are simply not a smart human being if you think Joe Gibbs "came back for the money." Half-hearted effort? Seriously, you are an idiot.

That is all, carry on.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 5, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

So if we own the team, can we fire you?

I almost believed his little whining attempt to take responsibility but then he says he doesn't call the plays so it's really not his fault.

He had to go and hire the God of All of Football Coaches to just get us to the playoffs, and he even he threw his hands up and left.

Dude-you stink.

Posted by: troyyeske1 | August 5, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

Please note that Shanahan hasn't won a single game as a head coach for the 'Skins. Any doubt the L'il General will mess him up (next year not this year)? Elevator Shoes can't help himself but you know he'll market "this year I've finally learned my lesson" like he does every year to gullible fans.

Posted by: Leofwine | August 6, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Really???? Hiring Zorn was a bad decision??? Are you sure??? Are they any more bad decisions that you didn't tell us about??? My goodness, I am stunned. Say it ain't so!??!?!?

A bad decision????? It could be the worst coaching decision in the history of pro football. Jim Zorn probably is a nice guy and a good dad, but as a head coach he was horrible; the only thing more horrible was the decision to hire him as head coach. And it wasn't like the writing was all over the wall on this one. Not one NFL team picked him to be an offensive coordinator during his time - not one! Even his mentor, Mike Holmgren had a couple of opportunities to make him offensive coordinator and didn't. That said, the Danny, because his personnel choices had been so good over the last decade invites Zorn for a sleepover and realizes that Zorn is the right guy to be the head coach of the Redskins. The Danny knows better than everyone else in the NFL; just look at his record. And with this arrogant thinking, the Danny made the Redskins the Six Flags of the NFL.

Posted by: Phillip258 | August 6, 2010 10:11 AM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs second stint with the Redskins probably was a mistake, but to suggest that he did if for the money or was half-hearted about it is really pretty foolish.

Joe Gibbs probably learned something that we will all find out about; you can't do the things at 65 as well as you did them at 42. Sleeping the week nights before the game in your office, giving so much energy to the job and not enough to the family. Things like that. He quit the first time for two reasons, health and to spend more times with his family. He probably forgot about that when he came back. He certainly gave all he had left, but it wasn't enough. You could see the anguish on his face; the worst time was when he called the second timeout in a row to ice the Bills kicker. His face told the story, you could see the pain and almost predict that he was going to retire again.
To suggest that it was a mistake for him to come back is certainly an open topic to debate; to suggest that he did it for the money and was half-hearted is just plan nonsense.

Posted by: Phillip258 | August 6, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I still don't like the guy, but the hatred is slowly fading. He's really done a good job this off-season recreating his image. Let's hope this sticks.

Posted by: nigt | August 7, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

Does Snyder take responsibility signing Haynesworth while weakening the O-Line? Or is Vinny and Zorn responsible for that? Danny is still in denial. What's Danny gonna do when Shanny goes 17-31 over the next 3 seasons.

Switching coaches and trading a 2nd and 3rd round pick for a 34 year-old QB will not change anything.

Posted by: RalphZero | August 7, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

Phillip258,
You are completely clueless. In 1981, Gibbs was hired to coach. In 2004, Gibbs was hired to rebuild the franchise. In 1981, the team was already built by Beathard and Cooke. In 1981, the team already had Theisman, Riggins, Monk, The Hoggs and Richie Pettibone's defense.
In 2004, the team had nobody. From 2004 to 2007, Gibbs was able to take this sorry group of losers to the playoffs 2 of his 4 seasons. Because of that, Gibbs should go down as the best coach to ever coach the game.
Mike Shanahan will not even come close to that.

Posted by: RalphZero | August 7, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

Zero: Who is the clueless one? Even Gibbs admitted that his game management was not as good the second time around. In fact, he lost so much confidence in it that he gave up the play calling job; something that he never would have done the first time around. I agree that Gibbs is one of the greatest coaches ever... that said, he is not in the HOF because of his coaching between 2004-2007. It is great that you have a hero, but you should be able to acknowledge your hero's not so great moments as well as his great moments.

Posted by: Phillip258 | August 7, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

LMAO...

'Thanks Columbus...'

Posted by: kahlua87 | August 7, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

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