Snyder throws his support to Shanahan
Mike Shanahan (AP/Kathy Willens)
Mike Shanahan (AP/Kathy Willens)
NFL writer
Posted Dec 9, 2010
Michael R. Martinez

Redskins owner Daniel Shanahan is paying Albert Haynesworth millions, but he's offering his support to coach Mike Shanahan in the seasonlong dispute.

While Albert Haynesworth seeks an expedited hearing on his appeal of a four-game suspension by Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, it’s clear which side of the dispute owner Daniel Snyder is on.

Speaking for the first time since Shanahan suspended his disgruntled defensive lineman for the final four games of the season, Snyder offered his support for his coach, saying Shanahan “speaks for all of us,” according to the Washington Post. “And we’re in good hands with him,” he added.

It’s not clear whether Snyder choked a bit on his words considering he has already paid Haynesworth almost $34.8 million. If an arbitrator rules in Haynesworth’s favor, that’s another $847,000 that will be deposited into the player’s bank account.

None of this likely sits well with Snyder since he’s the one who signed Haynesworth to a contract worth a guaranteed $41 million in 2009. In return, the ‘Skins have gotten 42 tackles, 6½ sacks and untold aggravation in 20 games. And that’s all they’ll get since there’s virtually no chance Haynesworth will be back.

The Post’s Jason Reid reported that Snyder and Haynesworth had a good relationship but that Snyder has changed his approach with players since Shanahan took control of the football operations this year.

Asked if he’s personally frustrated with Haynesworth, Snyder said he’s frustrated that “we’re 5-7, and looking forward to winning the next game.”

Given the fact the Redskins have lost four of their past five games, no telling when that will be.

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