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Dan Snyder believes he’s matured, says team has no clue what they will do with McNabb

Washington Redskins team owner Dan Snyder is pictured before the Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys NFL football game in Landover Reuters

Redskins owner Dan Snyder made the rounds at radio row in Dallas Friday, a surprising occurrence for an owner with a famously antagonistic relationship with the media.

Snyder said he was encouraged to to be more media friendly Washington’s Senior Vice President and P.R. chief Tony Wyllie.

“He made me do this because he’s gotten the chance to know me over the last year intimately,” Snyder told a group of reporters Friday, including PFT.   “And he said ‘I want everybody to know you.”’

He wound up having second thoughts about the media blitz.

“[Wyllie] twisted my arm,” Snyder said with a laugh.   “Last night, I was going, ‘I was just kidding about agreeing to it. I ‘m not going.   I was with Jerry Jones, we were having a good ol’ time.  I was going, ‘I’m not going.’ [Wyllie] said, ‘No, you promised.’”

Snyder believes he’s improved as an owner.  As proof, he cites his willingness to let Mike Shanahan and G.M. Bruce Allen handle the Albert Haynesworth situation without going crazy.

“Their style is their style.  I’m not going to micromanage them,” Snyder said.  ” I’m 46 years old now and I think I’ve matured into a good, quality owner.  I was 34 years old when I bought the club, and I probably would be different.  Right now, I’ve learned, I understand.”

Here are a few other highlights from Snyder’s chat:

On Donovan McNabb:  “I’m hopeful.  . . . He’s a real good player.  Let’s see what happens.”

On what the Redskins will do with McNabb: “I don’t [Allen and Shanahan] have a clue which way they are going with anything yet.”

On Albert Haynesworth as a business investment: “I’m disappointed.”

Snyder indicated the team wants a new training facility and ideally it would be closer to their stadium.  2012 is the earliest that would happen.

Finally Snyder supported Dallas as a future Super Bowl site, but couldn’t help but throw in a jab about it: “I love it here in Fargo.”

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26 Responses to “Dan Snyder believes he’s matured, says team has no clue what they will do with McNabb”
  1. upperdecker19 says: Feb 5, 2011 1:48 PM

    Can always recommend #5 to be on the committee to explain the new playoff overtime rules???

  2. livenbreathefootball says: Feb 5, 2011 1:50 PM

    Ummm, Wow. Just Wow.

    First off, if you want to be more media friendly — don’t sue members of the media.

    Second, if this is the mature Dan Snyder, we are all in big trouble.

  3. laxer37 says: Feb 5, 2011 1:50 PM

    Finally Dan Snyder admits he has no clue.

  4. arnoldziffel says: Feb 5, 2011 1:54 PM

    No clue what to do with McNabb?

    Um .. didn’t you just sign him to a big ticket, contract extension??

    And … you don’t know what to do with him? Er … gee Dan, do you think Donovan can maybe play on special teams??

  5. jc1958coo says: Feb 5, 2011 2:13 PM

    wow, an owner has no clue! it’s about time they start to tell the truth! maybe he can trade him and fat albert for plaxico, when he gets out, when they have a CBA!

  6. akos420 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:25 PM

    haha, most people on here are so clueless.

    1-Dan Snyder said “I have no clue what THEY will do”, aka its in the hands of Bruce Allen, and Mike Shanahan. Not Snyder. duh, read the print guys. He has matured.

    2-Vinny Cerratto never gets any blame, even though he was Snyder’s right hand man, and loved Jim Zorn. Snyder just paid the checks and went with it.

    The skins are gonna surprise people soon, youll see

  7. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 5, 2011 2:29 PM

    PFT writers better “Praise the Danny” or risk getting NBC sued.

    Start every story with something positive about the man:

    Maybe, “Dan Snyder personally saves kitten stuck in tree, adopts baby giraffe, and feeds the hungry masses from a single loaf of bread, and turns water into wine.”

  8. turgidsen says: Feb 5, 2011 2:32 PM

    No clue what to do with McNabb?

    Um .. didn’t you just sign him to a big ticket, contract extension??

    And … you don’t know what to do with him? Er … gee Dan, do you think Donovan can maybe play on special teams??

    ——————————————————————————————————

    Um Wow yes they did just sign him to a contract extension which gives the Redskins right to cut him and not pay him anything this (little different for skins under his control)..Gee ,arnoldziffel, He doesn’t know what to do with him becuse he is now leaving that up to football people like he should . Not jock sniffer like he was/is.

    It helps to have facts when trying to be sarcastic/ ou have just out yourself in the same category as boysroll.

    On another not the Washington city paper article was hilarious.

  9. swanie1 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:33 PM

    He should have been here in Fargo, It was 36 above and sunny. And we can go anywhere we want. He could’nt handle an hour in Fargo.

  10. tv426 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:33 PM

    Way to go Dan, you now have the equivalent of a 12 yr old mentality.

  11. bobbyhoying says: Feb 5, 2011 2:35 PM

    This makes me grateful Jeff Lurie is the Eagles’ majority owner. I almost feel bad for Skins and Boys fans. (Almost but not quite) Giants fans have nothing to complain about.

  12. deadmanwalking47 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:39 PM

    as a redskins fan speaking here,dan snyder should just shut the hell up!

  13. cur68 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:39 PM

    Pick me! Pick me! I have clue!
    Step 1: Hire a guy who can hang onto a 95 mph pass of the football, run fast and keep his fool mouth shut when your HOF QB carries the team to the Superbowl. (Plaxico Burres will be available soon, hint hint)
    Step 2: Do your QB another favor and fix the O-Line so he doesn’t get creamed every play.
    Step 3: See to it he loses 10 to 15 lbs so, in case you fail @ step 2, he can out run trouble.
    Step 4: Never, EVER give the ball to Rex Grossman unless you make the fool wear a dark visor; the opposition is picking him and reading him like Goodnight Moon because he stares down every pass pass and play. He can’t be taught not to (too old and dense) so prevent it from hurting you.
    Step 5: Never give the ball to Rex Grossman, EVER, unless your HOF QB is decapitated (how does this happen? You failed @ step 2, Shanny!)
    Step 6: Play some defense.
    That last one is a no brainer. When y’all got your butts handed to you by the Eagles did you notice how many points your offense scored? Ordinarily more than enough to win the game. With your d-line lying on the field like beached whales you can’t blame your HOF QB when the other team’s HOF QB goes to work.
    Flip me over, cause I’m done…

  14. jamson64 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:41 PM

    What a pathetic franchise …well except those skins fans that still think it is the friggin 90s.

  15. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 5, 2011 2:44 PM

    @akos420:

    The Redskins surprise me every time they actually win a game. Which of late has been four or five times a year.

  16. hobartbaker says: Feb 5, 2011 2:47 PM

    Dan has matured and is expecting a growth spurt soon.

  17. bcdc26 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:48 PM

    Snyder is a joke and appears to only rival Jerry Jones as the worst owner in sports.

  18. dldove77 says: Feb 5, 2011 2:57 PM

    “Snyder said he was encouraged to to be more media friendly Washington’s Senior Vice President and P.R. chief Tony Wyllie.”

    Uh, what?

  19. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 5, 2011 3:09 PM

    “Dan Snyder believes he’s matured, says HE has no clue…..”

    Headline fixed!

  20. tastethejace says: Feb 5, 2011 3:14 PM

    Finally Snyder supported Dallas as a future Super Bowl site, but couldn’t help but throw in a jab about it: “I love it here in Fargo.”

    This is the same shmuck complaining that since NY is hosting a Super Bowl, D.C. should too. Then he complains about the weather in DALLAS. How idiotic can you get?

  21. jc1958coo says: Feb 5, 2011 3:27 PM

    now you see why we don’t have a CBA! doesn’t have a clue what it stands for LMAO!

  22. blackheld says: Feb 5, 2011 3:48 PM

    You guys whining about Snyder need to take a look at what Bill Ford, Sr., did to the Lions for 40 years. At least Snyder isn’t afraid to open his wallet. The number of guys who left Detroit because Ford wouldn’t pay them would make a contending team all by theirselves. Barry Sanders quit in the prime of his career, because he could see he’d never play on a truly winning team.

    Now we got Bill Ford, Jr. Younger, smarter, and more willing to spend money. The long nightmare might be over. He went with signing Vanden Bosch and Burleson, and paid the tab for a bunch of midseason signings, last year.

    You keep knocking Snyder. There are good owners in the NFL, but the guys like Bud Adams and Jerry Richardson, who refuse to spend any money to be competitive, are the real bad owners. You don’t know when you got it good.

  23. bucks12965 says: Feb 5, 2011 4:38 PM

    Headline should read “Snyder & P.R. chief ge to know each other intimately.”

  24. scytherius says: Feb 5, 2011 5:24 PM

    Screw this jackass.

  25. mswravens says: Feb 5, 2011 6:15 PM

    WOW! This guy has no clue about his team…and he has no clue about the fact that he’s a miserable human being, and spewing spin lines fed to you by your PR guy doesn’t mean that a) you have matured or b) that you have changed…it only means you want people to think differently about you so they don’t realize what a d-bag you actually are! The good news is that the Redskins will continue to suck for years to come!!! :):):) (as they have through their entire history excepting ’72 & the Joe Gibbs era)

  26. greggoestoschool says: Feb 6, 2011 8:24 PM

    Fantastic grammar as usual, Greg.

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