Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder uses silence as an advantage
By Donny Starr
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has made silence an art form.
Check the headlines and you won’t see any interviews from Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder. There are no controversial quotes, no Easter eggs into what’s next for Washington. No. Snyder lets the actions of the team reflect the headlines. The results? A tennis game of rumors, publicly voiced speculation and late responses.
This is what defines the Redskins off season thus far: Question marks. This feeling goes from the locker room, to the fan base. People were so mad they even mad a run at protesting at Redskins Park.
Snyder’s response? Send some employees out to direct traffic. The status of Kirk Cousins has been so intriguing that the media has laid aside its narrative about the Redskins name being offensive.That’s deep.So what should Redskins fans expect? Business as usual. Don’t ever get the notion Snyder has to speak tot he media about any Redskins business. Would it be nice? Of course. He’s not Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones, Indianapolis Colts Owner Jim Irsay or New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft.
He will never be “that owner”. What you will get is someone who will make you blindly follow one of the most storied brands in NFL history. He’ll turn the team upside down and care less about the media. Players don’t like it? Goodbye. Ask the Ricky Jean Francois, someone expected to remain on the team, but got released. He’ll leave players in limbo just to see how they respond to the pressure of being a UFA. Ask DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon how they judged their situations. He’ll allow his team’s quarterback to enter the off season with no long-term contract in sight and risk other offers being presented.
If anyone thinks Dan Snyder owes them an explanation, keep waiting. It’s about what’s best for business. He’s the owner of an NFL team. He will do what he thinks is necessary and if people are along for the ride, great. If not, then you never understood the Redskins business model in the first place. Sadly enough, we should be used to it by now.