Redskins owner Dan Snyder was a kid when Washington tagged its car with bumper stickers supporting either Billy Kilmer or Sonny Jurgensen. But he remembers the quarterback competition fondly. It’s not often the team has endured an entire training camp with the starting quarterback job up for grabs. So who is the Redskins owner rooting for? If he has a favorite between Rex Grossman and John Beck, he isn’t telling.
“I think you got a coach in Mke Shanahan who has a proven track record of success at the quarterback position. I’m excited about the future.”
That’s how he answered -- or didn’t answer -- a question about the position battle.
Snyder spoke briefly in Canton, Ohio, prior to the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday evening. He flew to Canton earlier that afternoon to support Chris Hanburger, the former Washington linebacker who was inducted into the hall.
The trip came on the heels of a frenzied period of Redskins transactions. While the series of moves might seem to be a philosophical departure from recent Redskins teams, Snyder says he certainly approves of the franchise’s approach.
“I think we’re doing well. I’m proud of the work that Mike [Shanahan] and Bruce [Allen] have done,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting going with the season.”
The Redskins didn’t chase the high-priced free agents this time around. Instead, they focused on key areas of need and filled those spots with younger free agents. There was a whirlwind of roster moves, and Snyder mostly watched from afar. At the front lines were Eric Schaffer, the team’s vice president of football administration, who spent about 90 straight hours at Redskins Park negotiating deals and drafting contracts, and general manager Allen.
“Everything was suppressed. It was 24 hours of action, phone calls, late-night stuff,” Snyder said. “I think Bruce deserves a lot of credit for holding it together. He slept at Redskins Park a lot and was always going.”