The Owner Apologizes: The (Lower-Quality) Video [UPDATED]

Posted by Matt Terl on November 3, 2009 – 4:05 pm

Here’s the shaky Flip video I was able to get of the truncated media session Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder conducted today at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Md. As I noted in the previous post, the session was cut short after just a few questions by the Surrattsville Hornets marching band — it’s homecoming week, after all! — and the Flip camera audio is just abused by the wind.

UPDATE: I’m leaving this post up because I don’t want to delete people’s comments, but there is now a higher-quality video (courtesy of the Redskins Broadcast Network) with the transcript here. Read more »

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Daniel Snyder: "We’re Disappointed And We’re Embarrassed"

Posted by Matt Terl on November 3, 2009 – 3:21 pm

The Redskins Charitable Foundation partnered with Prince George’s County Public Schools to announce a formal business partnership today, the gist of which is that the team will be helping to improve and maintain the fields at twelve P.G. county public schools, which adds to the thirteen already renovated and maintained in the Greater D.C. Metro area. It’s a program that the Redskins are immensely proud of, one that costs almost a million dollars a year, and I’ll have some more about that tomorrow. Today, the field at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, Md., was unveiled, and promptly put to good use for a soccer game.

The unveiling was attended by several Redskins players — including Clinton Portis, who drew the loudest cheers — but perhaps the most surprising element was that team owner Daniel M. Snyder spoke briefly to the media afterward, and apologized to the fans for the team’s lackluster start to the season.

“I feel bad for the fans,” he said. “I feel sorry for the fans. And we’re very, very appreciative of our great, loyal fan base. And I’m understanding; I mean, we just feel terrible. We’re disappointed and we’re embarrassed. And we hope to get it going soon. We’re disappointed.”

The media session was cut short by the school’s marching band, so only Lindsay Czarniak was able to get any questions in, and the audio of the session is occasionally muffled by high winds, but as much of a transcript as’s Gary Fitzgerald and I could put together is after the jump; video to follow shortly. Courtesy of the Redskins Broadcast Network, the high-quality video is now posted above.

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A Monday Night Football Cake And Duff's Fond Memory Of The Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on November 3, 2009 – 11:49 am

It’s an old Monday Night Football tradition to hold a Chalk Talk Luncheon in whatever city the game is being held in. It’s an opportunity for the announcers and Monday Night Football crew to talk to invited local guests about the game, about Monday Night Football, and so on.

The one before last week’s Redskins/Eagles game featured Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Mike Tirico, and Michele Tafoya chatting with folks at Sequoia on the water in Georgetown. There was lots of speculation about how the playcalling would work out, about if the Redskins or Eagles were reeling more, and — among the media in attendence — about if they’d get a chance to talk to Gruden or not.

(The answers, in order: not terribly, the Redskins, and no.)

There was also a cake, which — given the way the game turned out — was pretty pretty much the highlight of the day.

The cake — celebrating the fortieth anniversary of Monday Night Football — was made the by Baltimore-based Charm City Cakes bakery, made famous on the Food Network show Ace Of Cakes. The bakery’s founder, Duff Goldman, was on-hand to set up the creation, and was just as enthusastic as he comes across on the show, more than happy to talk about what made this cake different from the countless other football cakes they’ve done … and to share his one Redskins memory.

“This cake,” Goldman told me, “is a representation of the fortieth anniversary of Monday Night Football. And Monday Night Football is VERY dear to my heart. Because Mondays I get off of work, I’m usually tired, I’m kinda sad because Sunday football’s over … and then Monday I get to go home and there’s another game. It’s almost like, you know how after the Super Bowl you get kinda sad about having to wait until next season? Monday Night Football’s kinda like a little slice of the Super Bowl, like, ‘Oh, wait! There’s ONE MORE GAME.’ They’re just something special about it.”

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DeAngelo Hall Now Selling Shirts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 3, 2009 – 10:14 am

It’s only Tuesday, and it’s already been a heck of a week for DeAngelo Hall. Yesterday, he found time to discuss his old team and he reportedly added some more punt returning to his responsibilities. Today, he updated his blog

We have to regroup as a team and hopefully this bye week helped guys clear their heads and come back ready to finish the season strong. We still have a lot to play for and one of the most important things is PRIDE! Pride in ourselves, Pride for this organization, and pride for our fans! I can tell you this much they always say a wounded animal is an even more dangerous animal. I think we’ve been licking our wounds for a while now, but it’s time to fight back!

— and launched his online store.

You can get the T-shirt pictured on the left there — and plenty of other stuff for Redskins and Virginia Tech fans — but unfortunately not the custom Redskins Beats By Dre headphones. You can see a slightly closer-up picture of them after the jump, though, which is almost as cool and vastly cheaper.

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Tuesday, November 3: Time For Young Guys To Step Up

Posted by Matt Terl on November 3, 2009 – 8:55 am

Last year, as the 2008 season wound down and the Redskins seemed unable to get themselves back in the win column on a consistent basis, head coach Jim Zorn was emphatic about playing his starters to the very end. Every week, reporters (and emailers, and blog commenters) would ask about getting more playing time for the then-rookies, and every week Zorn stuck to his guns.

As Sunday’s game against the Falcons approaches, it appears that this year will be different; this next game is shaping up to be a flashpoint for this year’s rookie class AND the largely-underachieving crew from 2008.

In some cases, such as rookies CB Kevin Barnes, LB Robert Henson, and FB Eddie Williams, this is because of injury, not by design. With H.B. Blades and Byron Westbrook out this week following surgeries, Barnes and Henson are getting more work in practice, Zorn said yesterday.

“I know Henson and Barnes are both getting reps,” he told the media after practice. “There is going to be a lot of conversation before I make the final decision on inactives this week. It will be because of Eddie [Williams] coming up, Quinton [Ganther] still developing … Barnes, Henson, with two tight ends, less offensive linemen and more defensive linemen, I am not really sure where I am headed yet. I couldn’t put it together for you but they will be under consideration for sure.”

At this point, all of this year’s draft picks that remain with the team are currently signed to the active roster, and they all have a chance to be active on Sunday. (And, before anyone asks, I haven’t heard any news about more playing time for Marko Mitchell this week.)

But it’s not just this year’s rookies that find themselves at a potential crossroads; the big three from last year — Fred Davis, Devin Thomas, and Malcolm Kelly — also need to represent in Atlanta.

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