The Washington Commanders’ Week 7 matchup against the Packers was pushed to the backburner due to off-field distractions. As you might’ve heard, Colts owner Jim Irsay came out publicly against Commanders owner Dan Snyder at the NFL’s annual fall meeting in Manhattan this week.
Irsay’s most damning comments including saying “there’s merit” to remove Snyder as Washington’s owner and that he believes multiple owners are on board with voting Snyder out of office. The league would need 24 votes out of 32 to oust Snyder. It’s a tall ask, but the ball is indeed rolling thanks to Irsay.
Unfortunately, all the Snyder talk led to his wife, Tanya, who is supposed to be taking over day-to-day responsibilities following the Beth Wilkinson investigation, receiving a rough greeting from Sunday’s FedEx Field crowd.
After Snyder appeared on the video board, fans greeted her with a shower of boos and a chant that’s become all-too familiar around these parts.
Tanya Snyder greeted to boos and “sell the team” chants by Commanders fans at FedEx Field.
These chants are nothing new — Brian Robinson’s postgame video at Solder Field following his game-winning touchdown was overshadowed by the same slogan — but the fact Tanya Snyder was the recipient of the vitriol was surprising.
Before the game, Tanya Snyder addressed fans for Alumni Day and capped her speech with a “Hail to the Redskins” nod, per the Washington Post’s Sam Fortier. It was well-received, per Fortier, which isn’t surprising given folks are still disgruntled by the name change, but that didn’t stop Snyder from receiving the brunt of fans’ frustration after Washington fell behind Green Bay in a slow-moving first half.
Of course, the boos and “sell the team” chants were directed at Tanya hoping she’d pass them along to her husband. The Snyder’s are well aware of fans’ collective desire for new ownership, but Dan has remained steadfast in his refusal to sell, so much so that he’s reportedly gathered dirt on other owners and commissioner Roger Goodell to make the league think twice about ousting him from office.
That’s enough Snyder talk … for now.
After all, Taylor Heinicke just connected on a deep touchdown to Terry McLaurin to give Washington a 17-14 lead over the Packers in the third quarter. That’ll give something for fans to cheer about. Let’s hope the Commanders are able to hold on for a season-saving win.