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Daniel Snyder preaches patience with Redskins


Patience is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Daniel Snyder’s tenure as the owner of the Redskins.

They’ve gone through seven head coaches since Snyder bought the team in 1999, undergone numerous roster makeovers thanks to those coaching changes or ill-advised attempts to load up on expensive veterans and generally felt like a team that would have trouble waiting long enough for a light to change at an intersection. As we enter Mike Shanahan’s third season as head coach in Washington, though, Snyder is trying to sell the idea of patience to his team’s fan base.

“It takes a long time when you bring in a new staff, also, that really wants to change our defense from a 4-3 to a 3-4. That takes a few years to really get clicking. You’ve just got to be patient,” Snyder said during an interview with Sirius XM NFL Radio, via the Washington Post‘s D.C. Sports Bog. “I was very very patient with Joe Gibbs for quite some time, and we got close a few times. And I would have loved him to stay til he turned 80, but he had to retire. You’re searching for the right combination. I think we’ve got that now.”

The cynical response to that is that many of the Redskins’ failures over the last decade-plus could have been avoided with a more patient approach to team building and that Snyder’s past actions make it hard to fully buy what he says about staying the course. A more optimistic view would be that it’s better to do the right thing late than it is to never do it at all.

Option two is the better one for the Redskins. The Jason Campbell experience should be fresh enough in Redskins memory to know that don’t take a quarterback in the first round and then run him through two different coaching staffs and schemes in his first two seasons if you want to build toward something.

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15 Responses to “Daniel Snyder preaches patience with Redskins”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 7, 2012 9:57 AM

    I’m impressed that Dan has been a man of his word and stayed in the shadows since Allen and Shanahan have come on board and the results have shown as the team has come along way since 2009. I expect the Redskins to make the playoffs while RGIII has a similar if not better Rookie Year than Newton did.

  2. scotchrocks says: Aug 7, 2012 10:04 AM

    Half of the fanbase thought playoffs as soon as RGIII was drafted. I’m not sure patience is going to be in order in the area.

  3. sj39 says: Aug 7, 2012 10:04 AM

    Yes Skins fans, patience for the next two seasons as you finish with the worst record in the NFL. After that I wish you all the luck in the world.

  4. hulkhogansays says: Aug 7, 2012 10:12 AM

    Jason Campbell honestly never had it. Nice guy and on the field showed flashes but as time went on he remained average. He was drafted too early and clearly isn’t 1st round material as we can all now see.

  5. ndgoose says: Aug 7, 2012 10:16 AM

    About time Dan. Patience has been needed from the beginning. Love those skins and now made Dan Snyder if he holds to it.

  6. r8rsfan says: Aug 7, 2012 10:48 AM

    Losing Jason Campbell was just as costly as losing McFadden last year, maybe more. JC is underrated.

  7. tdurdenlives says: Aug 7, 2012 10:53 AM

    I wish he’d had this patience 10 years ago and had given Marty Schottenheimer more than one season.

  8. hulkhogansays says: Aug 7, 2012 10:58 AM

    Take it from me R8…Jason never grew as a player. He was STILL favoring the checkdown before injury in Oakland and was hesitant on many throws. It’s hatd for you to have seen that because Oakland had mediocre QBs in the recent years pre Campbell so of course he looked fine to you. No offense brother.

  9. bigbillinocmd says: Aug 7, 2012 11:03 AM

    Snyder took the team over as a 35 year old instant billionaire who thought money could solve anything. He obviously wanted nothing more then to win. He simply just did not know how and fell for the used car approach sold by Cerrato and made horrible decisions. He admitted his mistakes and put football people in position to run his team. Unfortunetly the fans paid for the 19 years of wreckage. I’m glad he is speaking to the media again. He is doing a good job in winning the fans back. Still has a lot to prove though.

  10. zaggs says: Aug 7, 2012 11:08 AM

    Yes patience. Don’t pay attention to the fact that since Synder took over Washington the Giants have been to 3 Super Bowls and won 2 of them. Nope, just continue to be patient. Muahahaha

  11. getyourownname says: Aug 7, 2012 11:14 AM

    Listening to Dan Snyder talk about patience in operating a team is like listening to Bryant McKinnie’s advice of eating healthy.

  12. dcbrave says: Aug 7, 2012 11:17 AM

    Snyder hasn’t been the best owner during his tenure, but it seems like he’s turned a corner. Hopefully the franchise can do the same. HTTR

  13. tommythek says: Aug 7, 2012 11:27 AM

    I like when Danno preaches, then passes around the collection plate.

  14. rvnnflchic03 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:48 AM

    My favorite part is how he talks about it ‘taking a long time’ after bringing in a new coach and staff. I’m fairly certain that the Steelers, Ravens, Saints, Jets, Falcons and countless other teams have made the playoffs with rookie head coaches and new staff. These were rookie head coaches. Shanahan is a Superbowl winning coach. It should take less time for him to win than the rookies.
    The only patience Redskins fans need is patience to wait until Dan Snyder dies.

  15. jwreck says: Aug 7, 2012 11:51 AM

    Yes patience. Don’t pay attention to the fact that since Synder took over Washington the Giants have been to 3 Super Bowls and won 2 of them. Nope, just continue to be patient. Muahahaha
    What does that even mean? Every time a division rival wins a Super Bowl, the other three teams should self destruct and fire everybody? Did you read one word of the article? “Patience is not the first word that comes to mind when one thinks of Daniel Snyder’s tenure as the owner of the Redskins.”

    As in, he has never been patient and the Redskins have not been successful. Now he would like to be patient and tr to build a more successful team. Is that unreasonable?

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