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Posted at 5:45 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Daniel Snyder on Haynesworth signing: 'I'm disappointed'

By Rick Maese

Albert Haynesworth made news today because of an alleged road-rage incident. Team owner Daniel Snyder didn't know details about the allegations and declined to comment on the matter. But he did offer some of his most extensive comments to date on his high-priced defensive tackle.

Asked how he feels his investment has turned out, Snyder said, "I'm disappointed."

So what's different now, as opposed to when the team signed Haynesworth to a record deal less than two years ago?

"Now I have a new GM," Snyder said.

Asked to elaborate and whether he meant Vinny Cerrato was the one who pursued Haynesworth, Snyder said: "It's a fact. I sign the checks, so yes, I sign off. I support Mike. If Mike and Bruce want to do something, I'll support it. I will sign the checks. But I don't watch the film deciding, 'Sign that guy.' That's not my deal."


Snyder said he hasn't had any contact with Haynesworth since the Redskins decided to suspend him for the final four games of last season and definitely gave the impression in interviews Friday that he's taken a hands-off approach when it comes to football decisions.

"I'm 46 years old now. I've matured, I think, into a good quality owner," he said. "I was 34 when I bought the club,and I probably would be different. Right now, I've learned, I undertand and I'm appreciating the fact that they're working hard."

As for Haynesworth's future in Washington, Snyder wouldn't rule anything out.

"It may still work out," he said. "You never know. You just don't. And that's sort of the exciting part about football. You just never know. ...I want him to do the right thing and work with his coach and Mike Shanahan and the general manager, Bruce Allen. I handed the keys to these guys. They've done a nice job, in my opinion, of getting us going in the right direction."

As for the Redskins most visible star on the other side of the ball, Snyder said he's very "hopeful" about Donovan McNabb's future.

"I like Donovan very, very much. As a person, he's unbelievable," Snyder said. "He's a good player, a real good player. ... et's see what happens. I'm optimistic, personally, but I think that Bruce and Mike -- they're just starting their offseason stuff."

By Rick Maese  | February 4, 2011; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Daniel M. Snyder  
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"You never know. You just don't. And that's sort of the exciting part about football. You just never know. ...

By Rick Maese | February 4, 2011; 5:45 PM ET

Well, we do know how you're gonna turn out Dan, and that's not the exciting part about football.

Posted by: beep-beep | February 4, 2011 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Disappointment, huh? We Redskin fans know from disappointment.

Have I said F Dan Snyder here lately? Well, okay then, F Dan Snyder.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | February 4, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

That's exactly what I look for in a QB: "As a person, he's unbelievable."

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | February 4, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

Time again for Dan's annual dissembling about how he has learned from his mistakes and promises to be a better owner from here forward? My how time flies!

Posted by: Vic1 | February 4, 2011 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Just "disappointed" Dan? Here's a better statement you might want to make about Fat Albert:

"What's wrong is wrong, and this is wrong. And this guy crossed the line. I signed him to a $100M deal and, from the get-go, he gave zero effort and was insubordinate. This is just an issue where somebody did something flat-out wrong."

Geez, NOW you hold back?

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | February 4, 2011 6:20 PM | Report abuse

"I'm 46 years old now. I've matured, I think, into a good quality owner," he said.

Oh, no he di'int!

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | February 4, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you Snyder....FUC all these Ravens fans on this blog...We're moving in the right direction.

Posted by: rickyroge | February 4, 2011 6:30 PM | Report abuse

right direction? How's that?

Nowhere but up, right?

How about giving the reigns to a washed-up coach who hand-picks his qb by giving two high picks to a division rival only to decide in the 8th week of a winning season that the qb is sqadoosh so lets kabash the whole winning season business and end with a 6-10 but RIGHT THE SHIP season?

No this team is not moving in the right direction. Finishing the season 2-7 ring any bells?

Posted by: bangkokben | February 4, 2011 6:47 PM | Report abuse

[Asked to elaborate and whether he meant Vinny Cerrato was the one who pursued Haynesworth, Snyder said: "It's a fact. I sign the checks, so yes, I sign off..."]

Huh? So AH is Vinny only or another Snyratto production? The "handed them the keys" makes it sound like he was holding them previously.

Makes you think even better about Gibbs, who tricked Snyder into thinking he was still holding the keys even when Gibbs was driving another car. Though I guess that might work on too literal a level.

Posted by: WorstSeat | February 4, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a delaying tactic to avoid shelling out for an indoor practice facility.

So in addition to being a greasy little bastard, he's cheap too!

Posted by: Vic1 | February 4, 2011 5:48 PM

Danny's a lot of things but cheap ain't one of 'em when it comes to the Skins. Come on Vic, that's weak and reeks of blind hatred.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 4, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

No weak shots on Danny!

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | February 4, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

scamble, you are so the motherf****in Snyder barricade..No wonder you love censorship...

Posted by: frak | February 4, 2011 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Forget "Disappointed." Someone should be sued over the Haynesworth deal, and that someone should be Dan Snyder, the guy who signs the checks.

Didn't look at the film deciding to get a guy you committed $100 million to and you and the team's reputation on?

http://open.salon.com/blog/corkwriter/2011/02/04/super_sunday_skins_suggestion_snyder_should_sue_self

Posted by: TheCork | February 4, 2011 7:00 PM | Report abuse

I just hope the Skinz got their ducks in a row on draft day, we don't need any Ryan Leafs, and if we draft a tweener OLB like Von Miller, make sure he's not an Aaron Maybin flop..And, etcetera...

Posted by: frak | February 4, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

scamble, you are so the motherf****in Snyder barricade..No wonder you love censorship...

Posted by: frak | February 4, 2011 6:58 PM

I am so motherf****in Snyder barricade? Is that English? Some sort of retard jibberish I'm guessing.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 4, 2011 7:03 PM | Report abuse

bangkokben....

Shanny's made mistakes...even he would admit that...BUT

Where are the overpaid free agents we've had for the last 11 years?

I thought for years, people said we need to develop our own talent...(Torain, Banks, Riley, Williams, Barnes...may not be starters, but sound depth)

Bangkoben...where are the Portis rules, player lunches with the owner.

Did the team quit on Shanahan?

We are FAR from a talented team, but you have a short memory of Adam Archuleta, Brandon Llyod, T.J. Duckett, and Jason Taylor.


Fuggin' Hater!

Posted by: rickyroge | February 4, 2011 7:06 PM | Report abuse

funny stuff..

To: Dan Snyder
From: Gene Weingarten

Re: Your lawsuit against the Washington City Paper because of an unflattering article about you.

I just want you to know you have my full support in this matter, as I support everything you have done during your stewardship of the Redskins. You rock. I wish you good health and long life and hope you run the franchise for many, many years to come. I say this with utmost sincerity as a lifelong fan of the New York Giants.

I know you are taking some criticism today from carping media types. They seem to think that you are not only behaving like a petty, vindictive bully but also that you are being strategically stupid - by bringing a vast new audience to a three-month-old, otherwise-obscure alternative-media piece, which can be found here.

I understand why you were upset by this article. By unkindly focusing only on the negative aspect of your ownership, the author, Dave McKenna, is suggesting that you are an avaricious, imperious, conscienceless plutocrat with callous contempt for the fans; a man whose Napoleonic, pouter-pigeon swagger conceals a doofus-like understanding of the game and whose pernicious, autocratic meddling has consigned the team to perpetual mediocrity and its players and coaches to a perennial state of harrowing anxiety, all of this starting virtually from the moment you arrived and continuing to this very minute.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/02/02/AR2011020205483.html?wpisrc=nl_most

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 4, 2011 7:17 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 4, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Why do people keep calling a fourth rind pick a high pick

Posted by: hcicron | February 4, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

The little man who happens to own a football team is more closely aligned to the likes of L. Ron Hubbard than he is to -- the likes of -- oh shall we say -- Art Rooney.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | February 4, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

This is how you build a successful corporate conglomerate. You perfect the act of looking people sincerely in both eyes, telling them how much you've learned and grown, and then you continue to spew the manure until they actually agree to pay for it.

Shanny may lead this team back to respectability, but it will have to be in spite of Danny, not because of him. Snyder's actions speak a lot louder than his words.

Posted by: NYPDee | February 4, 2011 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Snyder on Haynesworth signing: 'I'm disappointed'

This is what happens when you ignore red flags..

And now all the nudniks on this board want to repeat this vicious cycle with Vincent Jackson. Really? If rubbing your nose it won't work, then WHAT?

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 4, 2011 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Daniel Snyder on Haynesworth signing: 'I'm disappointed'

This is what happens when you ignore red flags..

And now all the nudniks on this board want to repeat this vicious cycle with Vincent Jackson. Really? If rubbing your nose it won't work, then WHAT?

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 4, 2011 7:25 PM

I'm sure you have learned by now that a lot of people on this board just aren't very bright.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 4, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Fans on Snyder's Tenure as Redskins Owner:
"We're Beyond Disappointed"

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | February 4, 2011 7:27 PM | Report abuse

Danny's a lot of things but cheap ain't one of 'em when it comes to the Skins. Come on Vic, that's weak and reeks of blind hatred.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | February 4, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Hate to disagree, but still believe he is cheap -- at least when it comes to investing in indoor practice facilities, indoor plumbing (how often have you stood in a puddle of piss at FEDEX?), or anything else that is not directly associated with selling club seats and jerseys.

What exactly has he done to make this team better? Big screen TVs? So friggen what? What about the product on the field.

Every year it's the same. So what if he wastes a few million on a few "stars" or other marquee has-beens -- he'll just cut corners on the second stringers, special teamers and other backups -- and when the injury crunch comes -- as it inevitably will -- they'll raid the otehr teams' practice squads and waiver wires for warm bodies or other bargain basement players who come in cheap, don't expect much, and leave as soon as they can.

That's why the team has no depth, development or direction.

Posted by: Vic1 | February 4, 2011 7:29 PM | Report abuse

/\ in it /\

Posted by: Diesel44 | February 4, 2011 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Little Man can let everyone know who he was competing against so he had to give Fat Al some QB money very quickly. Love how he's matured enough to be able to throw Vinnie under the bus. That's some real respectability there Lou.

Posted by: Leofwine | February 4, 2011 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Little Man can let everyone know who he was competing against so he had to give Fat Al some QB money very quickly. Love how he's matured enough to be able to throw Vinnie under the bus. That's some real respectability there Lou.

Posted by: Leofwine | February 4, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Maybe the Little Man can let everyone know who he was competing against so he had to give Fat Al some QB money very quickly. Love how he's matured enough to be able to throw Vinnie under the bus. That's some real respectability there Lou.

Posted by: Leofwine | February 4, 2011 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Snyder's disappointed? Imagine how the season ticket holders feel. If there was a way we could meet with the board of directors of the Washington Redskins, we ask them to press Mr. Snyder to sell the team or take it public as Green Bay is a public corp.

Posted by: JHG_sec405 | February 4, 2011 10:15 PM | Report abuse

It's what I've said all along. Synder was not alone in this disaster. His #1 F-Up was hiring and trusting Cerrato to be his "football" expert!

I see VC at the inpetus behing those bonehead moves! He was the VP, the de facto GM, advisor, friend, imbecile, malignant growth slowly festering, digging up deeper into the pits of hell with his football acuity!!

Posted by: iubiquity | February 4, 2011 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Snyder's always positive in the offseason. Yet our 6 wins this season were by a combined 23 points. 3 of the 6 were won in OT. So we really were close to being 3-13!

We've won 2 games in the last 3 years by 10 or more points. Think about that, people! That is unreal. 2 games out of 48 that we've won comfortably.

Posted by: jj250 | February 4, 2011 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Snyder's always positive in the offseason. Yet our 6 wins this season were by a combined 23 points. 3 of the 6 were won in OT. So we really were close to being 3-13!

We've won 2 games in the last 3 years by 10 or more points. Think about that, people! That is unreal. 2 games out of 48 that we've won comfortably.

Posted by: jj250 | February 4, 2011 11:34 PM | Report abuse

I love reading the comments of all you haters...you guys are probably the same dip sh!ts that think Grossman can play QB for this team.

Posted by: brett4 | February 5, 2011 7:39 AM | Report abuse

You guys are babies. Every year, every fan from every team looks at UFA's...salivates and wishes they could Madden GM their fave team. At least Snyder had the stones to pay for them.
Dude was 34 when he bought the team for something like 800 million dollars. Thats an unbelieveable success right there. How many of u guys who are 34 or older could do that? Dude is getting older, he's got proven football people running his shop now. Give it time, stop whining. He can't win. Y'all wanted Vinny gone and proven football people in. Allen is a smart GM with the cap and Mike Shanahan has forgotten more about football than we will ever know. Shut up and stop whining. HTTR

Posted by: lavararrington | February 5, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

You guys are babies. Every year, every fan from every team looks at UFA's...salivates and wishes they could Madden GM their fave team. At least Snyder had the stones to pay for them.
Dude was 34 when he bought the team for something like 800 million dollars. Thats an unbelieveable success right there. How many of u guys who are 34 or older could do that? Dude is getting older, he's got proven football people running his shop now. Give it time, stop whining. He can't win. Y'all wanted Vinny gone and proven football people in. Allen is a smart GM with the cap and Mike Shanahan has forgotten more about football than we will ever know. Shut up and stop whining. HTTR

Posted by: lavararrington | February 5, 2011 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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This wins the weekly "Dumbest Post" award.

NFL teams are measured one way - how many games they win. Everything else is personality, hope, and ego.

By throwing around more money than any other NFL team and having nothing to show for it except an alienated fan base, danny has shown that he is fully capably of doing what everyone believed impossible - turning Skins fans against the team.

Just how many Reskins players have left the team only to be heard to later say "Oh I thought Washington was a great place to be and I really miss it".... I think the number is about .... ZERO!!!!

Mike Shanahan never won squat without one of the greatest QBs of all time and gave up draft picks for a storied QB that he later benched.

Dan snyder is a hated man that owns a team that was the love of millions of fans. To be able to spend millions on average FAs and never see a glimpse of a championship game is quite a feat.

Yes he made a lot of money in a short time.

BUT

danny is a bullying loser who no man would want his son to grow up and emulate.

Money cannot buy you respect.


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Posted by: oldnova | February 5, 2011 11:14 AM | Report abuse

btw -


"At least Snyder had the stones to pay for them [FAs]."

Lavar - are you honestly going to sit their and tell people that it took guts to sign a check when you are making millions of dollars every year? When more people are out of work than at anytime since the dperession?


Stones? Please. I know of no person that would call himself a man because he signed a paycheck our of a bank account that grows by millions every year!

SHAME ON YOU!!!!!


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Posted by: oldnova | February 5, 2011 11:26 AM | Report abuse

cosign bangkokben

The Skins are not even close to going in the right direction. If anything, the organization is more dysfunctional now than ever.

Posted by: coparker5 | February 5, 2011 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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