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Posted at 4:28 PM ET, 01/11/2011

Daniel Snyder acknowledges costly player mistakes

By Jason Reid

Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder acknowledged Tuesday that player personnel mistakes have cost him and the team.

During a forum at the Washington Post, Snyder was asked by the panel's moderator to identify the biggest bust during his tenure. Snyder said: "You know. I don't need to answer this. You all know."

It was not clear whether Snyder was referring specifically to defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, the two-time all-pro player who received a then-record $41 million in guaranteed money from the Redskins in February of 2009, or, less specifically to other costly acquisitions that have not panned out.

Snyder's response elicited the loudest laughter from the crowd during the Business of Sports breakfast forum sponsored by The Post's Capital Business publication and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. Snyder was joined on the panel by Ted Leonsis, owner of the Capitals, Wizards and Mystics; Robert Tanenbaum and Marla Lerner Tanenbaum, owners of the Nationals; and Will Chang, owner of D.C. United.

During the two-hour event, panelists answered a wide array of questions about how they run their franchises and explained some of the challenges they face in trying to build championship-caliber teams.

Each owner was asked about their teams' "worst big money mistake" on players, but the crowd seemed most interested in Snyder's evaluation.

Coach Mike Shanahan - the head of Washington's football operation - suspended Haynesworth because of conduct detrimental to the club. Haynesworth, who has played in only 20 games during two seasons on the roster, has already been paid almost $35 million. The Players Association has filed an appeal on behalf of Haynesworth.

Snyder has publicly supported Shanahan and declined to discuss Haynesworth's conduct in detail, though three people familiar with the situation say he spearheaded the team's efforts to sign Haynesworth and often had lunch with the nine-year veteran during his first season in Washington. In following up on the question during the panel discussion Tuesday, Washington Post Live editor Mary Jordan, the moderator, asked Snyder if it is "hard to spend that kind of money for a dud?"

Snyder acknowledged the Redskins made a mistake, and "when you make a mistake, whatever the mistake, whatever the dollars are, you feel bad. You were obviously hoping for the best.

"One of the things you try to do is, you're trying to make the right decision. You're trying to be supportive. You end up taking the entire blame in response and I understand that. That's fine. But the reality is the intentions are in the right place."

Of course, money does matter, Snyder added.

"It may be our money, but it's the fans' teams," he said. "And that goes across the board up here [for all the owners on the panel]. It's the fans' team. We have the responsibility to try to do the right thing. And from my perspective, obviously, people have known I'm aggressive in seeking free agents ... but we're trying to do the right thing."

Snyder hired Shanahan and made him one of the game's highest-paid coaches, but the Redskins (6-10) finished last in the NFC East for the third consecutive season. In addition to Shanahan's problems with Haynesworth - a defensive star when he arrived - Shanahan also benched quarterback Donovan McNabb - Washington's most accomplished offensive player - for the final three games.

Shanahan traded second- and fourth-round draft picks to the Philadelphia Eagles for McNabb. It appears highly likely the six-time Pro Bowler will not return to Washington next season.

The Redskins have failed to qualify for the playoffs in nine of the past 11 seasons under Snyder.
"When you look at what an owner goes through ... understand that we feel so bad when we disappoint the fans," he said. "And this season, you feel like you're close. And all of a sudden, maybe you falter a little.

"That's a difficult, difficult thing to go through. Obviously, you're trying to push for the future as best you can. But the beauty is you get ready for next season."

By Jason Reid  | January 11, 2011; 4:28 PM ET
Categories:  Albert Haynesworth, Daniel M. Snyder, Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 11, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse


I think this it goes deeper than just AH, c'mon now

Posted by: hessone | January 11, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is taking steps in the right direction.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 11, 2011 4:42 PM | Report abuse

"Daniel Snyder acknowledges costly player mistakes."

Not to mention the moves you tried to make and thankfully failed...Cutler/Sanchez

boycott $nyder

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 11, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

"Daniel Snyder acknowledges costly player mistakes."

Not to mention the moves you tried to make and thankfully failed...Cutler/Sanchez

boycott $nyder

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 11, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Actually I was hoping the Cutler thing would happen.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 11, 2011 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Steinbrenner have a similar start to his ownership? We can only hope things work out the same way as good ole George! RIP

Posted by: poulosjoe | January 11, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Steinbrenner have a similar start to his ownership? We can only hope things work out the same way as good ole George! RIP

Posted by: poulosjoe | January 11, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

How about the Ochocinco thing... we could be out of 2 first-round picks (buh bye, Orakpo... buh bye, Silverback!).

Posted by: Alan4 | January 11, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Steinbrenner have a similar start to his ownership? We can only hope things work out the same way as good ole George! RIP

Posted by: poulosjoe | January 11, 2011 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I give the guy props for agreeing to show up at the WaPo and sit on a panel for two hours. That is a HUGE shift in posture with the DC media.

[And I'm guessing that the DC media missed the opportunity to clarify just what his ongoing relationship with former Sargent Antonelli ... cerrato.vinnie@badpersonnelmoves.edu.]

Posted by: dcsween | January 11, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

"Daniel Snyder acknowledges costly player mistakes."

Not to mention the moves you tried to make and thankfully failed...Cutler/Sanchez

boycott $nyder

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 11, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Actually I was hoping the Cutler thing would happen.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 11, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Not to mention the moves you tried to make and thankfully failed...Cutler/Sanchez

boycott $nyder

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 11, 2011 4:44 PM

Those were the successful moves that failed. The failed moves that failed were for Ochocinco and Lance Briggs.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 11, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually I was hoping the Cutler thing would happen.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 11, 2011 4:48 PM

I'm still hoping it does.

Posted by: dcsween | January 11, 2011 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Actually I was hoping the Cutler thing would happen.

Posted by: iH8dallas | January 11, 2011 4:48 PM

Then we would have Cutler and TE Scheffler and be without Landry, Orakpo, & Cooley at the very least. Remember, that wasn't enough to get the deal done.

Still wish we made the deal sunshine?

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 11, 2011 4:57 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins have failed to qualify for the playoffs in nine of the past 11 seasons under Snyder.
"When you look at what an owner goes through ... understand that we feel so bad when we disappoint the fans," he said. "And this season, you feel like you're close.


AND THEREIN LIES THE PROBLEM

No Danny, you were not close. You had a 4-12 team in 2009, but you and your exec decided that it was still possible to win in 2010 ... which led to more bad decisions.

Hopefully, no one in mgmt will be under the illusion that 2011 is a 'go for it' year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 11, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

"You're trying to be supportive. You end up taking the entire blame in response and I understand that. That's fine. But the reality is the intentions are in the right place."


You know what Mr. Snyder, we're tired of your intentions. Get out of the F-SJK-ing way and stop making irrational decisions that set you fantasy club-or as we know it: The Washington Redskins-back several years.

Leave your intentions to those that know football.

Posted by: Devo2 | January 11, 2011 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Get out of the F-SJK-ing way and stop making irrational decisions....

Posted by: Devo2 | January 11, 2011 5:03 PM

Didn't you hear that he did this a year ago when he fired Cerrato and brought in Allen and Shanahan?

Posted by: beep-beep | January 11, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Good comments, and step away from any personnel conversations, dan. Cutler would have put us in an even worse fix than today's. Let Bruce & mike have at least two more years, then reassess. Hopefully things look much better by then.

Posted by: AdamCr | January 11, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

"Daniel Snyder acknowledges costly player mistakes"
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He probably thinks more about mistakes he made when he considered himself a playa. Like failing to use elevator insoles.

Posted by: Oogalaboogala | January 11, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Re: Cam Newton worth a first-rounder?

He's not worth our first-rounder, and I really don't give a rat's snout if he's worth someone else's first-rounder.


Re: Trading in the Draft

With no Andrew Luck in the draft, I don't see anyone worth trading up for. We can either see who is available at #10 and take the best "whatever", since we have about 16 starting positions that need to be filled, or we can trade down.


Re: Al Gore's Inventions

He invented the internet, and then he invented global warming. Quite a resume. You'd think he were pretty smart and then you remember that he lost an election to "W" that he actually may have won, so he can't be that smart.


Re: Costly Player Mistakes

I don't know. Snyder appears to be rich as ever, and I don't think the Skins have lost any value. How "costly" are these mistakes really when you have a fanbase ready to keep pouring $$ into the coffers?

Posted by: p1funk | January 11, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Diesel - Colin Kaepernick has been on my radar as well. He is an intriguing combination of size, speed and arm strength. I also like his ball handling skills and how compact his throwing motion is. I have only scene a little footage on him, but he has a lot to build with.

I think he would be a bargain if he is still around in the 4th round. Too bad we don't have a pick in that round... I doubt he will be there for us in the 5th. Losing our 3rd and 4th rounders really guts our draft this year. That is a trend that needs to be reversed.

Posted by: edvar | January 11, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

No Danny, you were not close. ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 11, 2011 5:01 PM

You realize that he doesn't read the posts up here, right?

Posted by: dcsween | January 11, 2011 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Try a candy-gram.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | January 11, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Z,
Try a candy-gram.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | January 11, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse


No Danny, you were not close. ...

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 11, 2011 5:01 PM

You realize that he doesn't read the posts up here, right?


Posted by: dcsween | January 11, 2011 5:18 PM |

------------

sure he does. who do you think peterbilt is ?

he he he


Posted by: hessone | January 11, 2011 5:24 PM | Report abuse


snyder says he's learned lessons beeps

Posted by: hessone | January 11, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

What's the point of making mistakes if you don't learn from them? Deon Sanders, Bruce Smith, Adam Archuleta...Albert Haynesworth. Firing and hiring coaches year after year after year. Atleast we have some continuity with the coaching staff coming back.

Posted by: atmousavi | January 11, 2011 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Snyder- This team has lacked any sort of continuity (GM, Coaching staff) since you've arrived. Please allow Shanahan to do his job and don't meddle anymore. He's made some mistakes, but he's started to clean up the mess that he inherited and the team is starting to head in the right direction. Please don't ruin that.

Posted by: atmousavi | January 11, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse

"But the beauty is you get ready for next year", .... haven't we been getting ready for next year just about the whole time Snyder has owned the team?

I really beleive I'll be in my 60's before this team will become a consistent winner again, if then. Snyder has really messed this team up, and it is going to take a long time to build this team the right way mainly through the draft like the other consistent winners in the NFL.

We can get ready for next year all we want, but next year is not going to be something to get your hopes up for, even if we do "win the off-season" like we do just about every year.

Posted by: 72Redskins | January 11, 2011 6:02 PM | Report abuse

Little Danny says he's "aggressive in pursuing free agents". Hey Danny: you're doing it wrong.

Take a look at the list of the best free agent acquisitions over the last 10 years. Guys like Brees, etc. The Skins aren't on any of those lists.

Now list the worst. The Skins are allll over it.

And the Tiny Tyrant hasn't changed. He got McNabb, who's ill-suited for the offense Shanny wanted to run, and gave up draft picks to do it. That set the team back at least another year -- if the really wanted to rebuild, that is.

I predict they'll do exactly the same thing this year. Sign a bunch of aging former Pro Bowlers, sell a bunch of tickets and jerseys, and watch the Skins win 6 or 7 games.

Some advice for little Danny: STFU.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 11, 2011 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Little Danny says he's "aggressive in pursuing free agents". Hey Danny: you're doing it wrong.

Take a look at the list of the best free agent acquisitions over the last 10 years. Guys like Brees, etc. The Skins aren't on any of those lists.

Now list the worst. The Skins are allll over it.

And the Tiny Tyrant hasn't changed. He got McNabb, who's ill-suited for the offense Shanny wanted to run, and gave up draft picks to do it. That set the team back at least another year -- if the really wanted to rebuild, that is.

I predict they'll do exactly the same thing this year. Sign a bunch of aging former Pro Bowlers, sell a bunch of tickets and jerseys, and watch the Skins win 6 or 7 games.

Some advice for little Danny: STFU.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 11, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Little Danny says he's "aggressive in pursuing free agents". Hey Danny: you're doing it wrong.

Take a look at the list of the best free agent acquisitions over the last 10 years. Guys like Brees, etc. The Skins aren't on any of those lists.

Now list the worst. The Skins are allll over it.

And the Tiny Tyrant hasn't changed. He got McNabb, who's ill-suited for the offense Shanny wanted to run, and gave up draft picks to do it. That set the team back at least another year -- if the really wanted to rebuild, that is.

I predict they'll do exactly the same thing this year. Sign a bunch of aging former Pro Bowlers, sell a bunch of tickets and jerseys, and watch the Skins win 6 or 7 games.

Some advice for little Danny: STFU.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 11, 2011 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Mr. Dan Snyder for trying to put a winner on the field! IMO, with a little patients and a few good drafts this team will be good in the future!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | January 11, 2011 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Danny has matured?

Into what? He only fired Vinny because everyone, fans, media and the NFL associates buried him in humiliation. From the Post to postings to Monday Night football.

Dannyboy will contine his disasterous choices because no one wants to be part of loosing organization. Shanny has shown he has the same abilities as Danny boy....all ego and no brains

The loosing will contine

Posted by: dannyboyrules | January 11, 2011 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Snyder- This team has lacked any sort of continuity (GM, Coaching staff) since you've arrived. Please allow Shanahan to do his job and don't meddle anymore. He's made some mistakes, but he's started to clean up the mess that he inherited and the team is starting to head in the right direction. Please don't ruin that.

Posted by: atmousavi | January 11, 2011 5:32 PM | Report abuse
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Are you kidding me? Fire the SOB and his son!

Posted by: lacy41 | January 11, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Take a look at the list of the best free agent acquisitions over the last 10 years. Guys like Brees, etc.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | January 11, 2011 6:15 PM

Hey, dim_bulb, Brees was acquired in a trade. He wasn't a free agent and he wasn't on any "list of the best free agent acquisitions." London Fletcher was on that list.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 11, 2011 7:57 PM | Report abuse

God Bless you Daniel M Snyder! You are the best owner in the NFL. Your dedication to winning and your treatment of us fans, the players, the coaches,and the office staff is second to none. Daniel M Snyder, may you never sell the team and that the Skins become a YEARLY contender. And PLEASE BRING BACK VINNY!!!! HAIL!!

Posted by: Danmynder22026 | January 11, 2011 9:16 PM | Report abuse

They need to keep reminding him everytime he speaks on a podium in front of a large crowd about all of the mistakes he has made over the YEARS.

Just keep telling him so he does not forget.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 12, 2011 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Fletcher said he hoped the team would acquire “the right guys” that would adhere to the new culture at Redskins Park and play within the offensive and defensive schemes.

“You have to bring in guys who are going to fit what we are trying to do as a team, buy into what we want to do and help us get to where we want to be,” he said.

It's a good sign the coach has the locker room when you most important player buys in.

Posted by: rodskin | January 12, 2011 11:08 AM | Report abuse

"It may be our money, but it's the fans' teams," he said. "And that goes across the board up here [for all the owners on the panel]. It's the fans' team".

Let's try this, It's the fan's team and the fan's money. Since it's the fans who buy the tickets, jerseys, turn on the television etc. If fans didn't spend then money there will be no "It may be our money".

Time to fire Snyder by refusing to spend anymore money on Redskins until things drastically change.

Posted by: preacherman120022002 | January 12, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

"It may be our money, but it's the fans' teams," he said. "And that goes across the board up here [for all the owners on the panel]. It's the fans' team".

Let's try this, It's the fan's team and the fan's money. Since it's the fans who buy the tickets, jerseys, turn on the television etc. If fans didn't spend then money there will be no "It may be our money".

Time to fire Snyder by refusing to spend anymore money on Redskins until things drastically change.

Posted by: preacherman120022002 | January 12, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

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