Snyder 'personally frustrated' with season

Snyder 'personally frustrated' with season
December 9, 2010, 8:35 pm
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Thursday, December 9, 2010, 3:33 p.m. UPDATED 4:36 p.m.
By Ryan O'Halloran


BRISTOW, Va. ' During his first comments to local reporters of the regular season, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Thursday that he is 'personally frustrated' by the team's 5-7 record but dodged most Albert Haynesworth-related questions.

Snyder and former coach Joe Gibbs were among a group present to dedicate the 'Washington Redskins Courage House' in Prince William County.

Following the ceremony, Snyder spoke for around a combined four minutes during two short sessions.

Given several chances to say he regretted handing Haynesworth more than 34 million since signing him in February 2007 and getting 20 games and 6.5 sacks in return, Snyder deferred to coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen.

'I wish it had worked out,' Snyder said. 'I wish he played better and everybody played better at this point, but really we're just trying to win the next game.'

Earlier, Snyder added: 'Coach has said enough at this point. He speaks for all of us and we're in good hands with him so I think enough has been said.'

Haynesworth was suspended without pay for the remaining four games because of conduct the team deemed detrimental.

'You're always hoping for the best in everything you do, your decisions,' Snyder said. 'Your heart is in the right place and ours still are.'

Snyder said 'a little patience' is needed by Redskins fans.

'I think the best way to look at it is, obviously, where we are right now in the season is not where we want to be right now and we're making progress as an organization and I'm feeling great about Mike and Bruce and they have great leadership and we're in good hands,' he said.

Snyder cited Gibbs' second tour ' 6-10 in 2004 followed by a playoff appearance in 2005 ' has a sign of what Shanahan could be building.

'When you have a new organization in place with Bruce Allen and Coach Shanahan, it takes time,' Snyder said. 'With Coach Gibbs, it took time to get his organization shaped the way he wanted to and the next year we made the playoffs and made a run and I'm looking forward to the future.'

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