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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Dan Snyder says he supports Mike Shanahan's decision to suspend Albert Haynesworth

By Jason Reid

Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder commented briefly about the Albert Haynesworth situation during a charity event Thursday afternoon, saying he fully supported Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to suspend the controversial defensive tackle for the remainder of the season without pay.

Addressing reporters for the first time since Shanahan, the Redskins' top football official, suspended the two-time all-pro player for the final four games for conduct detrimental to the club, Snyder was initially reluctant to say much about Haynesworth during a dedication ceremony for the Ed Block Courage House for Washington, D.C., on the campus of Youth for Tomorrow in Bristow, Va. Joined by former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who founded Youth For Tomorrow, Snyder repeatedly said Shanahan "speaks for all of us."

Snyder was the driving force behind signing Haynesworth in February 2009 to a contract that included a then-record $41 million in guaranteed money. Haynesworth clashed with former defensive coordinator Greg Blache in his first season and was at odds with Shanahan from the moment he officially took control of the football operation in January, primarily because Shanahan changed the team's defensive scheme and wanted the nine-year veteran to change his position for the first time in his NFL career.

The team says Haynesworth repeatedly refused to do what the coaching staff asked of him, prompting Shanahan to suspend him for the last four games -- the maximum suspension allowed under the terms of the NFL collective bargaining agreement. Snyder has already paid Haynesworth almost $34.8 million, and if an arbitrator overturns the suspension on appeal, Haynesworth could be awarded about another $847,000.

Shanahan said Wednesday that he did not consult Snyder before suspending Haynesworth.

"I think the best way to look at it is, obviously, where we are right now in the season, for all of us, is not where we want to be right now," Snyder said. "But we're making progress as an organization, and I'm feeling great about Mike and [general manager] Bruce" Allen. "And I really think they've got great leadership. We're in good hands."

The Redskins went 12-20 the past two seasons under former coach Jim Zorn, whom Snyder hired as offensive coordinator and quickly promoted to head coach despite the fact he had never held a coordinator's title until he joined the Redskins. After the Redskins went 4-12 last season, Snyder fired Zorn and hired Shanahan, who won consecutive Super Bowl titles with the Denver Broncos.

But the Redskins (5-7) have struggled in their first season under Shanahan. The Redskins have lost four of five, including their last two games.

As the team prepares to play host to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at FedEx Field, many within the organization acknowledge the Redskins likely will miss the playoffs for the ninth time in 11 years. This is Snyder's 12th year as owner.

"Well, as I told you, Jason, when I asked you ... is have a little patience," Snyder said.

Snyder cut short the football portion of the interview after about 70 seconds. After a few minutes, Tony Wyllie, Redskins senior vice president, summoned reporters for another quick session.

Snyder resumed by reiterating that Coach [Shanahan] "speaks for all of us. And we're in good hands with him."

Snyder and Haynesworth had a good relationship, several people with knowledge of the situation said, but Snyder has changed his approach with players under Shanahan's direction of the franchise.

Asked whether he was personally frustrated in Haynesworth, Snyder responded he is personally frustrated that "we're 5-7, and looking forward to winning the next game."

Snyder, however, did acknowledge he wished the relationship with Haynesworth had "worked out better," he said. "I wish he played better and everybody played better at this point.

"You know, you always hope for the best in everything you do, your decisions, your heart's in the right place. Ours still are."

The Redskins need time to get it all worked out under Shanahan and Allen, Snyder said.

"The biggest thing is that, when you have a new organization in place with Bruce Allen and his team and Coach Shanahan and all the new coaches, things take a little time for them to shape what they want to do," Snyder said. "It took Joe Gibbs a year to get his organization in shape the way he wanted to, and the next year we went to the playoffs and made a good run. I'm looking forward to the same thing with Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen. It's exciting for the future."

By Jason Reid  | December 9, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder  
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Comments

pay no attention to the snyder behind the curtain.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | December 9, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

"As a coaching staff, you can't worry about who you have," defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. "You just got to kind of coach the guys you've got."

HASLETT QUOTED IN RI

I think I'm beginning to understand Haslett's problem. It's not who you have, it's who you've got.

Posted by: TheCork | December 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else get a feeling that Snyder has rehearsed his lines and its just 'press play' when the mic is in front of him?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else get a feeling that Snyder has rehearsed his lines and its just 'press play' when the mic is in front of him?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 9, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Sure. And if this is the case then he's smart for doing so.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | December 9, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Mr. P.R. is saying the right things to the cameras, as usual. But inside he's got to be seething knowing the fat boy is going to walk away with all that unearned cash.

Posted by: NYPDee | December 9, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

I would say this is incredibly restrained given the fact he just flushed $41M down the toilet. Even a billionaire can't just swallow that bitter pill.

Kudos to him for not undermining Shanahan...yet...

Posted by: JoelV | December 9, 2010 5:41 PM | Report abuse

he repeats five times, "mike and bruce are making the decisions" but this is a groundhog day repetition of the last 11 years. the rest of you have to "have patience" like we are (but they're not). snyder ineptitude ad nauseum infinitum. PR propaganda drivel fed to the masses.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | December 9, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

"Well, as I told you, Jason, when I asked you ... is have a little patience,"

I guess 12 years is still a bit soon to expect something good to happen with this team. Don't worry Dan, we'll just keep waiting.

Posted by: Moose33 | December 9, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Hey guys...

The $41 million didn't come from Snyder's personal CapitalOne savings account.

It came from the coffers of the Skins.

So while the AH affair makes him look bad, it's always nice to be playing with someone else's money...ours really...

Posted by: p1funk | December 9, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

What was the point of including the "Jason" quote? lol. This kid is hilarious.

Posted by: themantoyou | December 9, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Making progress as an organization?

Posted by: coparker5 | December 9, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

^21^

Let's see how much progress the Redskins make this week with Tampa in town.

Offensive coordinators can't wait to play the Redskins now. No need to waste time working on a gameplan. You can just run it up the middle 40 times with no resistance. The Redskins D is so run friendly.

Thanks Coach.

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | December 10, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

^21^

Let's see how much progress the Redskins make this week with Tampa in town.

Offensive coordinators can't wait to play the Redskins now. No need to waste time working on a gameplan. You can just run it up the middle 40 times with no resistance. The Redskins D is so run friendly.

Thanks Coach.

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | December 10, 2010 7:48 AM | Report abuse

Haha - same old Danny boy

In the same interview where he's calling for "pa-tien-ce" (shocking enough that it ever came from Snyder's mouth), he says "It took Joe Gibbs a year to get his organization in shape the way he wanted to, and the next year we went to the playoffs and made a good run. I'm looking forward to the same thing with Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen. It's exciting for the future."

Apparently this team is one year away from entering the playoffs and making a good run....(HAHAHA)

I guess my hope for a total rebuild will have to wait another day.

Posted by: jbanks979 | December 10, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

The idea that Shannie did this without talking to Snyder is ridiculous.
How much you wanna bet that Shannie would have dumped him long ago, but Danny Boy said "no, I have too much invested in him'?
So Shannie couldn't fire him, but he could humiliate him in public.
Finally Danny gave up since he could exit while minimizing his considerable losses and allowed Shannie to do what he wanted to do all along.

Posted by: jos587 | December 10, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Can someone start strumming the tune to Guns N Roses..."A little patience...yeahhhh...Dan's been walking his mansion at night, just trying to get it right, he keeps waisting money on the FA Bums, the skins always suck never making the play off run...a little patience...YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH"!!!!!!!

Posted by: eello | December 10, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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