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Snyder on media coverage of the Redskins

By Rick Maese

As you might've noticed from this morning's posts, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder appeared Wednesday night at the University of Maryland's Shirley Povich Colonnade Reception, which was a journalism school production. So much of the evening's discussion centered on the role of media in sports. The panelists debated whether the sports world has grown too big and the night's moderator, Maury Povich, pointed to the ongoing Donovan McNabb story -- from his recent benching to his contract extension -- as an example.

"Was it too much?" he asked Snyder.

"I think the media scrutiny and the level has changed over the last decade since I've owned the team," Snyder said. "It's almost over the top. It is taken apart and speculated. It's blogged. Everyone in this audience can TMZ from their cell phones and all of a sudden they have the opportunity to become the media. The entire landscape has changed across the board. I think not only in sports but overall."

Snyder alluded to the bye week media reports of a fractured relationship between McNabb and Coach Mike Shanahan. Snyder happened to know at the time that the two sides were inching closer to a contract extension that could keep the two parties together for years to come.

"We were working on a contract extension for probably 10 weeks, yet did we all agree we'd get it done on the bye week? Yes. Did we announce that publicly? No," Snyder said. "We're trying not to let the internal workings of the Redskins become media-centric.

"So the general manager had been working on it for the better part of two-and-change months and finally got it done -- irrelevant to what happened in terms of the benching the previous week in Detroit."

Snyder then referred to a sportswriter, though not by name, who called for Shanahan's job because of the racially-coded implications of of Shanahan's explanations for the benching. (Here are the remarks I think Snyder was citing.)

"And obviously we take offense to being called anything -- that's just a silly statement from anyone," Snyder said. 'It's irresponsible quite frankly in media and journalism. ... Had he known that we're working on a contract, he would've never have done that. But the scrutiny and everything comes with the territory."

Snyder mentioned that his late father, Gerry, was a journalist who worked for United Press International. His father used to tell him about how journalistic standards and rules seem to have changed.

"They're always guessing and that's part of the problem," he said of today's media culture. "Got to be first to announce it, got to be first to report it. Don't have to be right -- but have to be first. That's a big issue going on in the media landscape today."

He highlighted one particular incident that pained him. Again, he didn't name the specific writers, but it seemed to me he was referring to these columns in the Post.

"There was some irresponsible journalism when Sean Taylor died. You'll remember one of the local columnists -- I won't mention -- said one shouldn't be surprised," Snyder said. "I was very hurt. ... The media doesn't really know these athletes. I have a chance to get to know them -- the majority of my team -- very, very well. Intimately. I knew Sean Taylor. It hurt me so bad. We reached out and said, 'You're going to find that you're embarrassed here. What really happened is really a tragedy and happened to a good person. A really good person.' It's an interesting connection between the media and athletes."

By Rick Maese  | November 18, 2010; 2:34 PM ET
Categories:  Daniel M. Snyder  
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Comments

What's the word for a story like this? Hmmmmm...it's on the tip of my tongue...

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Um, repetitive?

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 18, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Snyder, if you don't like the Post's coverage, you know where to send your resume, right?

--TheCork

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Elusive?

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 18, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

"I think the media scrutiny and the level has changed over the last decade since I've owned the team," Snyder said. "It's almost over the top. It is taken apart and speculated. It's blogged. Everyone in this audience can TMZ from their cell phones and all of a sudden they have the opportunity to become the media. The entire landscape has changed across the board. I think not only in sports but overall."

Snyder's right. And people like talking about the Skins because they provide DRAMA.

Every time a big, disgruntled name comes available, people speculate Snyder's going to write a big check. Unfortunately, they've too often been right.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 18, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 2:28 PM

Thing is Hess, how do you know that this FO did not try to do some of the things that you mention? No one really knows what goes on in the Skins planning room so both you and I could be right in our thoughts of this new FO.

Not knowing, wouldn't it be fair to give this new FO a chance to turn this thing around? Even with the ugly play we have seen this year?

And to believe that this team will not be trading picks in the future is naive. My guess is it will be 2012 before we are in a situation to do things the way you would prefer.

Not counting Monday, this team has at least been motivated to play and does not quit. To me, there is reason for optimism going forward.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 18, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

"They're always guessing and that's part of the problem," he said of today's media culture. "Got to be first to announce it, got to be first to report it. Don't have to be right -- but have to be first. That's a big issue going on in the media landscape today." - Dan Snyder
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Well, WaPo, you guys are off the hook because you've never reported anything up here first. Ever.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 18, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey Danny boy, here's a thought:

Maybe if you didn't spend the last decade turning this once proud franchise into the biggest joke of the NFL, then maybe the Post and other media outlets would have given a much more glowing perspective of this team, especially of the management.

Danny boy, you and you alone have brought this upon yourself.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Snyder, if you don't like the Post's coverage, you know where to send your resume, right?

--TheCork

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 2:56 PM
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Psst. beep-beep, I hear the secret service regularly monitors RI and they could get you for impersonating a political figure...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Guess what Danny is saying is that it's the media's fault the Redskins are performing as poorly as they are at the moment.

And any criticism of Danny or his organization is either uninformed, premature or racially motivated.

Notwithstanding the fact that you've got an owner who refuses to make himself available to the media for large stretches of the year, a coach who is proven to be a pathological liar, a general manager who appears to be somewhere in between -- leving it all to a small group of players and a larger group PR flacks who often seem to prefer to offer insights and information anonymously.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 18, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Danny boy, you and you alone have brought this upon yourself.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 18, 2010 3:04 PM

Can you explain how Dan Snyder is responsible for Wilbon's saying that Sean Taylor brought on his own death? Can you explain how Dan Snyder is responsible for John Feinstein saying that Donovan McNabb's benching was a racist action? I can't see any connection to Snyder, but you obviously can.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

When did TMZ become a verb?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse


Not counting Monday, this team has at least been motivated to play and does not quit. To me, there is reason for optimism going forward.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 18, 2010 2:59 PM |

completely agree

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Guess what Danny is saying is that it's the media's fault the Redskins are performing as poorly as they are at the moment.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 18, 2010 3:04 PM

Where did you read that?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Where did you read that?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"We're trying not to let the internal workings of the Redskins become media-centric."

Posted by: Vic1 | November 18, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Not counting Monday, this team has at least been motivated to play and does not quit. To me, there is reason for optimism going forward.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 18, 2010 2:59 PM |

completely agree

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:07 PM

I agree too...with the exception of the Rams game...they were just as flat as they were on monday...but the Eagles REALLY made it show.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Snyder, if you don't like the Post's coverage, you know where to send your resume, right?

--TheCork

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

TheCork is gone. Apparently he's too old for the whole F, Marry, Kill thing. So in his passing, I'd like to throw this out there.

From the Food Network. F, marry, kill
Padma
Rachel Ray
Giada De Laurentis (everyday Italian)

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 18, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse


"Was it too much?" he asked Snyder.

"I think the media scrutiny and the level has changed over the last decade since I've owned the team," Snyder said. "It's almost over the top. It is taken apart and speculated. It's blogged. Everyone in this audience can TMZ from their cell phones and all of a sudden they have the opportunity to become the media. The entire landscape has changed across the board. I think not only in sports but overall."

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this whining coming from a guy who made his fortune thru communications

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse


Ask for opinions.
Mull it over. Then you can
Just do what you want.

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

TheCork is gone. Apparently he's too old for the whole F, Marry, Kill thing.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 18, 2010 3:15 PM

It's not that he's too old. He just thinks it's a waste of Vaigra.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You know what. I like what Daniel Snyder had to say.

He's still going after writers for saying bad things about Sean Taylor.

Say what you want about the guy, but he sticks up for his players.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I rarely agree with Danny Boy, but he has kept his hand out of the cookie jar, and Feinstein is rapidly becoming Kornheiser-like. That being, yawn, inconsequential.

Posted by: steven09 | November 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Heartwarming?

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:07 PM
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I was speaking of media coverage of the Redskins in general. I definitely didn't agree with Feinstein's article, and other media outlets disagreed as well. Wilbon is a joke nowadays.
When this team has had a pattern of behavior the last decade that alienates fans and underperforms year after year, you can't expect many positives to arise from it.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 18, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

From the Food Network. F, marry, kill
Padma
Rachel Ray
Giada De Laurentis (everyday Italian)

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 18, 2010 3:15 PM

Not a big Rachel Ray fan. I do love Giada De Laurentis (everyday Italian.

Posted by: TWISI | November 18, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Dan Snyder. He is absolutely spot on in these comments.

John Feinstein should have been fired 11 days ago, the moment he uttered the despicable claim that Shanahan was a racist (and yes, "racial coding" is code for "racist." Feinstein just didn't have the balls to actually use the word racist).

And Mike Wilbon should have been suspended if not worse for his comments regarding Sean Taylor.

I for one appreciate Snyder calling these hacks out. They are a disgrace to the journalism profession.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40063/the-cranky-redskins-fans-guide-to-dan-snyder

^What a guy that low class loser organization has as an owner.

Posted by: playahatah | November 18, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Heartwarming?

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 18, 2010 3:21 PM

Haha...nope...I gave up thinker...I'll just go with odd.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

"could anyone honestly say they never saw Sean Taylor's death coming? You'd have to be blind not to consider Taylor's checkered past. It was only a few months after he was drafted, when we got something of an inkling of what sort of young man the Redskins were selecting" -Len Shapiro, the day Taylor was pronounced dead.

Oh, and Len Shapiro ought to have been fired too.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2010 3:22 PM |

under the big top

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Not real surprised that we are under 500 at this point...the blowout was stunning, but the reality is now hitting that we have overhauled the schemes but not the talent.... in essence the core or key players for our squad are still the ones brought in by gibbs , now are mostly fadding or never wheres to begin with, yet they are still playing key roles and /or taking up roster spots that should go to younger players....good teams have good lines o and d we have neither, add to that lack of speed and size on the outside (another essential in todays league) add poor QB play and 6-10 is more likely than 9-7....

Posted by: OriginalOldschool1 | November 18, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Ask for opinions.
Mull it over. Then you can
Just do what you want.

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:18 PM

Come on hess...just one haiku with 'it swolled up' and you win the bonus points.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

For those who don't know Padma is:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/13/naked-padma-lakshmi-chels_n_186090.html


*Not to be opened at work!

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 18, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

what friggin hat is Portis wearing? we need to know, it's CRUCIAL!!!!!!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I for one appreciate Snyder calling these hacks out. They are a disgrace to the journalism profession.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 18, 2010 3:22 PM

If you think sports journalism is bad, you oughtta check out what passes for political jounnalism ;-)

Apart from the reprehensible comments about S Taylor, I have no problems with this stuff.

If Snyder doesn't want all the speculation, he can put it to bed by answering questions, along with the coaches. It's not like there are national security secrets at stake.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 18, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

i used to schedule my class around PTI

now the thought of wilbon makes me sick

ST21-A True Redskin

HAIL


snyder is right, but...........but it doesnt take away the fact that our franchise is a joke and i really hate to admit that because the Skins are my team, but every year i talk w/ my friends saying this is the lowest of the low, it doesnt get any worse than this

and year after year, it does

one of these days hopefully when im alive

Posted by: retroskins14 | November 18, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

If you weren't the absolute worst owner in the history of team sports, maybe the "media" wouldn't jump to conclusions. EVERY decission you have made since buying this team has been a disaster and you still have the best fan bases w/big buck$ to spend. Please sell the team and go away, please.

Posted by: aginsburg | November 18, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

*Not to be opened at work!

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 18, 2010 3:28 PM

Don't know who she is...and with a disclaimer like that I just can't help myself...thanks kerzon.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If Snyder doesn't want all the speculation, he can put it to bed by answering questions, along with the coaches. It's not like there are national security secrets at stake.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 18, 2010 3:29 PM

Then why do they call it defense?

Shanahan answers questions every week.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

If you weren't the absolute worst owner in the history of team sports

Posted by: aginsburg | November 18, 2010 3:33 PM

That's not true...what about the chick in Major League?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed at what I'm reading. It's getting to the point that if Daniel Snyder said that Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and our 2nd President then most of the following RI posts would dispute it.

Does anybody out there really believe that the media hasn't exploded like Snyder said and if you believe it hasn't exploded can I please offer you some fine real estate bargains that can't miss. There is absolutely positively no question that what he states is true. Just think about the technology of the late nineties not to mention the growth of talk radio since then. To argue that media scrutiny hasn't exploded is completely ignoring the facts in front of you and is hideously stupid/ignorant. It may not be an excuse for mistakes he has made but the statement is clearly factual.

Posted by: Gambrills4 | November 18, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon and Feinstein were right.

Sorry Sean Taylor was a fool. You protect your family first by staying with them not going wondering through your place with a machete. His wife should have purchased a firearm for protection.

Yeah I know Taylor was on probation but better to violate and be judged by 12 then carried by 6. and you don't leave your family. Taylor was an ignorant macho fool. This was the second time his place was broken into. You do not put your kid and the mother of your child in that type of situation ever because you are thinking with your smaller brain.

The Skins will never be one of the NFL's better franchises with Danny Boy as owner.

Now Flounder 21 do you have something to say punk? Like you have clue about firearms, OPsec and HD.

Posted by: sheepherder | November 18, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm no Snyder fan, but he's right about Feinstein. That guy is an irresponsible a-hole. Shanahan ought to punch him in the face.

Posted by: poguesmahone | November 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can't give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can't give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

he did not say that he has raise season tickets twice and parking.long long time fan since 1941 give me a break the prices are to high for fans he has made more money they most of the owens in the nfl
forced to buy exbertion tickets can't give them away.

Posted by: SICILY | November 18, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

All hands on deck!

Bring your sock puppets too!

The lord and master is under siege again.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 18, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/sports/blogs/redskins-confidential/Rogers-unlikely-Portis-uncertain-Banks-eyes-WR-time-108977249.html

Highlight:

3. Brandon Banks said he has received more reps at receiver in practice, a sign that he might get more time at this spot in games. Considering Joey Galloway and Roydell Williams -- the third and fourth receivers -- have combined for 12 receptions, would anyone argue?

"I feel I deserve an opportunity and the coaches know that," Banks said. "I'm getting close to that opportunity."

He'd likely be used in the screen game or on deep routes. Banks said he's not afraid to go across the middle, as he did in college.

"Just get the ball in my hands any way so I can go the distance or try to go the distance," he said.

Banks played some snaps at receiver vs. Philadelphia. He's caught one pass this season for minus-5 yards.


Posted by: TWISI | November 18, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan answers questions every week.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:37 PM

Ahhh, you must be referring to the Shanahan comedy hour--

"Our franchise QB can't effectively run the 2 minute drill half-way through the season!" Bada-bing!

"Our franchise QB doesn't have to the cardiovascular endurance to finish the game!" Bada-boom!

Posted by: Alan4 | November 18, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

synder's soul peurpose the last 10-plus years has been to bring a winning team and tradition back to the forefront in washington. he has failed miserably in that endeavour. reporters, report. columnist, opine. for synder to sit there and deflect his failure on reporters and columnist is the sorry state he is in. he needs to look in the mirror and truly ask himself, what does a news person have to do with the failure of his ownership? they only report on what they see or hear or make an opinion on the same. some are good at it, some arn't. they don't trade away draft picks for sparkling has-beens, or sign over-the-hill former star players to ridiculous contracts. that would him, the man, daniel synder.

Posted by: joerutgens72 | November 18, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Mister Snyder --

Back away from the players. Don't get to know them so well. That's the Coach's job. Trust me, it'll work wonders.

Thanks,

A real Redskins fan.

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 18, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

ita on the d-bag above....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 18, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Banks played some snaps at receiver vs. Philadelphia. He's caught one pass this season for minus-5 yards.

Posted by: TWISI | November 18, 2010 3:44 PM

That can't be good for his WPA...he needs 5 more yards to get to zero.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon and Feinstein were right.

Sorry Sean Taylor was a fool. You protect your family first by staying with them not going wondering through your place with a machete. His wife should have purchased a firearm for protection.

Yeah I know Taylor was on probation but better to violate and be judged by 12 then carried by 6. and you don't leave your family. Taylor was an ignorant macho fool. This was the second time his place was broken into. You do not put your kid and the mother of your child in that type of situation ever because you are thinking with your smaller brain.

The Skins will never be one of the NFL's better franchises with Danny Boy as owner.

Now Flounder 21 do you have something to say punk? Like you have clue about firearms, OPsec and HD.

Posted by: sheepherder | November 18, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

F*ck you b!tch

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"I think the level of scrutiny has changed since Ive owned the team"

or since we started sucking and making re tarded personnel decisions.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 18, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I am glad to see Banks getting more snaps at receiver.

Galloway just makes my skin crawl.

Just start Banks as the 3 receiver, we may as well just send 3 really fast guys out.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

ita on the d-bag above....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 18, 2010 3:50 PM

Which one? There's about six of them. The word "Snyder" really brings out the moonbats.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Hey sheepherder-

Go F u c k a goat.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 18, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Which one? There's about six of them. The word "Snyder" really brings out the moonbats.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 4:01 PM

Beep you made me lol when the McNabb contract broke...and all the crazies were up in here...you said it was like clowns running around with pies...I had to get the hell outta here!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 18, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

the tough guy hiding behind the keyboard....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 18, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"I think the level of scrutiny has changed since Ive owned the team"

or since we started sucking and making re tarded personnel decisions.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 18, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse
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You mean all the decisions that led to a 4-12 season? The one you long for so much?

Snyder has made numerous mistakes, but from what he's done recently he's learning. He's also absolutely right regarding the media, who have become completely irresponsible in their approach to their profession.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 18, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

TheCork is gone. Apparently he's too old for the whole F, Marry, Kill thing.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 18, 2010 3:15 PM

It's not that he's too old. He just thinks it's a waste of Vaigra.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 3:20 PM
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Vaigra? Is that where you vaguely remember the last time you had sex and you need to take a pill to remember?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 18, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse


Not counting Monday, this team has at least been motivated to play and does not quit. To me, there is reason for optimism going forward.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 18, 2010 2:59 PM |

completely agree

Posted by: hessone | November 18, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

So they only quit once and it was dying the most important game of the year. This makes you optimistic? SSDY. The mcNabb signing, Larry Johnson, Willie Parker, Devin Thomas, Galloway, R Williams, Crappy O line, no friggin RBs, the 3-4 switch, and haynesworth debacle. How does this reflect a changing culture AT ALL?

Please explain.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I love whenever someone gets a contract, or Snyder's name is in a headline.

It's like the Special Olympics of blogging.

Gold: Sheepherder

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just start Banks as the 3 receiver, we may as well just send 3 really fast guys out.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 3:58 PM

More importantly is BB's ability to make people miss in space. He's a game changer and I hope he makes the most of this opportunity.

Posted by: TWISI | November 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"I think the level of scrutiny has changed since Ive owned the team"

or since we started sucking and making re tarded personnel decisions.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 18, 2010 3:58 PM
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And you are the resident expert on sucking retards.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 18, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

More importantly is BB's ability to make people miss in space. He's a game changer and I hope he makes the most of this opportunity.

Posted by: TWISI | November 18, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Co-sign.

Getting him out on a screen pass, or maybe a reverse could be fun to watch.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

beeps on LL

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 18, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"We were working on a contract extension for probably 10 weeks, yet did we all agree we'd get it done on the bye week? Yes. Did we announce that publicly? No," Snyder said. "We're trying not to let the internal workings of the Redskins become media-centric."

And obviously we take offense to being called anything -- that's just a silly statement from anyone," Snyder said. 'It's irresponsible quite frankly in media and journalism. ... Had he known that we're working on a contract, he would've never have done that. But the scrutiny and everything comes with the territory."

Feinstein is an idoit for saying what he said. But the scrutiny comes with the territory and this type of negative scrutiny comes from a decade of irresponsible stewardship of this organization. Forgive us if we smell a PR rat in the timing of the McNabb contract, we've been conditioned to the team making personnel decisions based upon PR and not performance.

Dan may get a fair shake from the media and fans when it's clear that he is letting football people make smart football decisions. Shanny and Bruce are smart football people, but are they making smart football decisions or are they following Dan's lead by taking a win now, draft picks be damned angle towards rebuilding this team?

When Dan can look in the mirror and say the way this team has been run is wrong and we need to rebuild the right way, then he will get the adulation he so desires. Until then, enjoy the scrutiny and second guessing.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 18, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Time to get off the Dan Snyder bashing I think. I'm not sure what else the man can do to improve his team than the past year has shown. A team owner works to IMPROVE his product, not ruin it. Inexperience and enthusiasm surely got the best of Snyder early in his team ownership, as it would any 34 yr old with such a prize. I applaud what he has done the past year and I look forward to our team getting back into the elite of the NFL instead of the bottom tier. I didn't care for McNabb when he was an Eagle but it's clear he is a top notch professional and gentleman, and still has some talent left to show us. Give it the rest of the year before you start jumping ship, I think you'll be pleased as fans.

Posted by: bfjam | November 18, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm convinced that Mike Wise’s true calling in journalism is FICTION. His case for racism was pure fabrication. He brings nothing believable to to the table. I once thought his column comparing his life experience to Tiger Wood’s personal trouble as insightful and wise (sic). Now I know it’s nothing more than some more of his baloney.

Posted by: bbm1218 | November 18, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Now I'm convinced that Mike Wise’s true calling in journalism is FICTION. His case for racism was pure fabrication. He brings nothing believable to the table. I once thought his column comparing his life experience to Tiger Wood’s personal trouble as insightful and wise (sic). Now I know it’s nothing more than some more of his baloney.

Posted by: bbm1218 | November 18, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Man oh man! No wonder this guy doesn’t speak often to the press, there is bunch of idiotic zombies ready to jump and attack him even before he utters his first word. Damn if he does, and damn if he doesn’t.

Posted by: hock1 | November 18, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I would like to "become media."

How do I "TMZ from my cellphone?"

Posted by: peauxsucent | November 18, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Man oh man! No wonder this guy doesn’t speak often to the press, there is bunch of idiotic zombies ready to jump and attack him even before he utters his first word. Damn if he does, and damn if he doesn’t.

Posted by: hock1 | November 18, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

No it's only damn him if he does. What Snyder should do is fire up Redskins One or his plane helicopter or segway and buzz on out of town for about five years. I still don't understand why his PR people haven't figured this out. Guess he really craves all the attention...

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 18, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Amen to Barno1, bbm1218, etc. The RACE-BAITING by Feinstein and Wise (who last week ago drummed up quotes from former players, media, and fans - all black - to embarrass Shanahan, McNabb, and the whole Redskins organization in the national eye --- THEN he turns around yesterday to write how Shanahan, McNabb, and the Redskins are a match made in heaven after a $78 million deal) is DISGUSTING. Both should be fired for their bomb-throwing...but will they? NO, the Post gets bigtime web hits and national commentary from their antics. Expect more to come, and ever-increasing crass. Count on it, because it sells.

Posted by: dfoster1 | November 18, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Snyder....STAMPED....

Rereading the Len Shaprio Article is making me very mad again....wow...

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 19, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

gee, things changed since snyder took over the skin! well if he didnt ruin a team with such a proud history, things might not have changed so much,...d'ohhhh!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | November 19, 2010 11:32 AM | Report abuse

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