There have been times over the last few days when it felt like everyone on the planet had come forward to share their opinion on the neverending Albert Haynesworth drama. But one person who hadn’t been heard from was Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder.
That changed today at the dedication of the Ed Block Courage House at Joe Gibbs’ Youth For Tomorrow. After being presented with a plaque and before touring the Courage House (on which more later), Snyder spoke with the media. He tried to keep the focus on the day, and on the kids at Youth For Tomorrow — “This is a special day for us out here” — and emphasized that head coach Mike Shanahan “speaks for all of us”.
But eventually EVERYONE will speak about Haynesworth, and Snyder did finally offer a few thoughts.
“I wish it had worked out better,” he said. “I wish he played better, and everybody played better at this point. But right now, we’re just trying to win the next game.”
If Snyder has any regrets about signing Haynesworth in the first place, he’s hiding it well. “You’re always hoping for the best,” Snyder said. “Everything you do, decisions, your heart’s in the right place and ours still are.”
Snyder also addressed the team’s disappointing performance this season, and was philosophical while doing so. “I think the biggest thing is that when you have a new organization in place,” he said, “with Bruce Allen and his team, and Coach Shanahan and all the new coaches, things take a little time for them to shape what they wanna do. It took Joe Gibbs a year to get his organization shaped the way that he wanted to, and the next year we went to the playoffs and made a good run. Looking forward to the same thing with Coach Shanahan and Bruce Allen, so it’s exciting for the future.”
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