Dan Snyder on RGIII, expectations

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Snyder and Bruce Allen, in May. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Daniel Snyder’s scheduled news conference with the mayor of Richmond last month was postponed due to a scheduling conflict. That meant we hadn’t yet heard Snyder talk at length this summer about his expectations for the 2013 Redskins.

“My expectation is that we’ll improve and do what we’ve been doing, which has been patient, try to get better where we need to get better and try to really stay healthy and perform and have a great season,” Snyder said Monday evening during a brief appearance on the SiriusXM NFL Radio Training Camp Tour. “We’re excited. We have a tough schedule — we know that — so we’re just excited to get going, and looking forward to Monday night.”

Snyder speaks infrequently enough nowadays that it’s probably worth quoting his remarks in full. He was interviewed by Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan, who were on-location in Richmond. For the record, this is at least the second year in a row that he’s sat down with SiriusXM; see last year’s here.

On the team’s new training camp home: “Well it’s been a great welcome in Richmond. They’ve been fantastic. The fans here have all come out full support. And they’ve been just terrific, and it’s a nice town. We’ve enjoyed it here. We know every restaurant –  we’ve been to almost every restaurant. We’ve got a few more to go to, and we love this place. We’re enjoying it.”

On his celebrity on Richmond’s streets: We actually take all these side streets, and we try to get some exercise walking back and forth to the hotel. It’s kind of been fun.”

On Robert Griffin III’s knee injury: “You know, it’s just a shame, because I think the injury at the end took away from so much of the success of the season that he had, and that we had as a franchise. But having said that, he is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever seen in football, and one of the most committed, smart guys on the team. And we’re just in good hands between Mike and Bruce and what we’re building here. I’m looking forward to many many many years of Robert growing into his role as our franchise quarterback.”

On expanding NFL game-day rosters in the future: “I’d love to. I think it’d be great to do that. And obviously we’re all concerned about safety; player safety is first and foremost. But I’d like to see that as well; I think it’s a smart idea. I think the time has come that we do that.

On whether he’s ever seen this much preseason excitement: No. I think we’re all excited, not just about 2013 quite frankly, but the future’s bright for the Redskins. And I think that all the fanbase and all of our coaches and our scouting department, everyone in the building, really understands that the future’s real bright.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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