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Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been on an extensive press tour as he prepares to defend his Daytona 500 title next week.
That’s meant chatting on radio shows, visiting Twitter’s offices in New York and appearing on television interviews (he’ll join “Redskins Nation” on Friday).
His latest promotional pit stop was on ESPN’s “Pardon The Interruption,” where he discussed the upcoming race and the relationship he has with his pit crew. But he ended the interview with his thoughts on the upcoming Redskins season.
“We do [have] a new GM, who has got a lot of street credibility,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “He’s done a lot of good things with the teams he’s worked with in the past. I hope that he can be a positive influence on our Redskins. We’re going to take a few years to get where we want to go, whether we build through the draft or through free agency. I think that it would be wise for us to do some good things in the draft. It’s been a while since we’ve had a great draft and got a lot of young players on the team.”
Then, displaying his diehard nature, he analyzed the current team and offered some suggestions for the offseason.
“Every offseason is a reason to begin hoping, and looking at all the changes and finding ways to get excited about the next season,” he said. “You’ve just got to buy in. It’s going to be a real challenge. There is a lot of talent on the team, but we’ve got to fix the offensive line and the secondary and the defense needs a little help on the safety side, too. We’ve got some young corners who I think are going to be great but we need some safety help.”
Maybe used to celebrities that have a vague interest in their sports teams, hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon seemed unprepared for Earnhardt’s detailed report card.
“He sounds like he’s been in the office watching film!” Wilbon shouted.
Knowing Earnhardt Jr., that’s not so much a compliment than a statement of fact.
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