Posts Tagged ‘dan snyder’

Loser Talk, Version 36

February 3, 2011

As Dan Steinberg dutifully documented, Joe Gibbs recently did an interview on Sirius NFL Radio with Bob Papa, Peter King and Ross Tucker.  Below is some of the discourse: 

“I’ve got to tell you, Dan and I are good friends. I told everybody when I was there, Dan did every single thing he could to help us win,” Gibbs said. “If we lost games, it was my fault, not his, and I say that to everybody. I think this guy has a burning desire, I think he’s the right kind of owner, and I was fortunate enough to have him.

“I think with Mike, I had a chance to visit with him some….I think he’s a proven guy. Yeah, it was another year with the Redskins where you’ve got a lot going on, but I will say this: almost every first year for coaches, that’s what happens. It did for me, it did for Mike. I think they’ll get settled down now. He’s had a year with the players, I think he knows where the problems are. I think they’ll go to work. And I know Dan, it’ll be the same thing he did with me, he’ll give him whatever. And so I have really hope here as a Redskin fan that we’re gonna come bouncing back here. I got to go to a couple of the games late, I think the team fought hard all year, and I think the second go-around here we’re gonna take a step up.”

Tucker then chimed in, thanking Gibbs for his comments on Snyder and saying that other owners around the league let the bottom line cloud their football decisions, unlike Snyder.

“I played for five teams, including the Redskins twice,” Tucker said, “and the thing I always tell people is it’s the really easy thing to do to rag on Mr. Snyder. And I know that some of the signings have not panned out, there’s no question about that. But at least when you’re a player for the Redskins, you know that your owner is completely consumed by winning, and you know that all he wants to do is win, and he’ll do whatever it takes. Now sometimes that might be misguided, but he’ll do whatever he thinks it takes to win.”

“I’ve seen Dan give airplanes to players that have problems and let them travel back home, I’ve seen him send his wife Tanya to the hospital when Renaldo Wynn broke his forearm in our playoff game and stayed there with him,” Gibbs agreed. “There’s a lot of great stories about Dan. It’s just unfortunate, there’s been a lot of things that have happened with the team, and what have you, and everybody’s so passionate.

“But I really think in the end, we’re gonna see, this guy has a burning passion to win, and I think he’s matched up now with a proven guy, and I think we’ll make some steady progress here….I think we’re gonna have good days in front of us for Redskins fans. That’s my hope.”


John Riggins Has Not Written a Book

September 28, 2010

No truth to the rumor that “Operation Dark Heart” is actually a John Riggins tell-all. 

13 months ago, however, the Hall of Fame Redskins running back and WB teen soap opera guest star called Washington owner Daniel Snyder “a bad guy” and “someone with the mindset of a child.”  He also had this to say to Inside the NFL’s Cris Collinsworth:

“Let me put it to you this way, Cris, this person’s heart is dark.”

Bored? Clearly. Broke? Maybe. Back? Trying Hard To Be.

October 14, 2009

Is John Riggins bitter after is unceremonious departure from Red Zebra Radio?  Is he angling for a gig, now that he has no voice on local radio (or TV, with no Redskins Report this season)?

Regardless of his motives, he’s certainly telling it like it is. The Redskins have won just four of their last 13 games, a rate of futility seen during Gibbs II, but not bettered (or worsened) since the 2004 squad under Steve Spurrier. Riggo’s take on the franchise from top-to-bottom…

From a YouTube post from Tuesday:

-On the owner, Dan Snyder: “Linus, you got to lose the blanket. Oh yeah, the blanket, that’s Vinnie Cerrato.”

-On Executive VP of Football Ops Cerrato, the owner’s racquetball partner & de facto-GM: “Your real true passion is radio. So, I would say just go ahead and go radio full-time with the occasional appearance on ESPN. Maybe TV, start analyzing games… I mean, you’re a great guy, Vin’, but you’re no GM.”

-On HC Jim Zorn, the 54-year-old QB Coach who Jim Mora, Jr. didn’t want: “You too are not a head football coach in the NFL. High school? Definitely, you can coach in high school, you can coach my son in high school any time. Ankle biters for sure. My God, DeAngelo Hall? I’d have had my foot this far up his rectum after that whatever tackle you want to call it on Jake Delhomme to seal your fate. You don’t criticize that? You’re out of your league, Jim.”

-On the team’s current state: “You know what they used to say about the Washington Senators? They’re now gonna say about the Washington football team, which is first in war, first in peace, last in the NFC East. I’m afraid that’s the way it is.”

This comes just two weeks after he “tweeted” the following during the loss in Detroit:

-“as the owner alot on the line in Detroit u invite Tom Cruise to the game and he is chatting up your Coach! what does this tell us about YOU!”

-“u r Zorn..Head Detroit…alot on the line….and u r chatting up TomKat before the game…what does that tell us about YOU!!!”

-“There are team specific issues for sure and some individual issues for sure but the owner ultimately is a loser”