The Washington Redskins brain trust of Daniel Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, and Jim Zorn will be the guests on ESPN 980, "Redskins Radio," at 5:00 P.M. Eastern today (Friday, April 24). Former Redskin Rick "Doc" Walker, host of The Locker Room, will host the show.
I compliment the reclusive Mr. Snyder for agreeing to the pre-draft interview. I want to get that out of the way now because I expect to lambaste the man for the next two months, depending on what the Skins do in tomorrow's draft.
Even—make that especially—Daniel Snyder deserves the chance to explain his thinking.
Doc Walker will be in the awkward position of interviewing the man (Snyder) who signs his paycheck. Snyder's Red Zebra Broadcasting owns Redskins Radio.
While Walker is unlikely to lob softballs to Snyder, he's not like that smart-alec Steve Czaban, who managed to frost both Joe Gibbs and Jim Zorn with his pointed skepticism. Czaban's Sports Reporters Show is normally aired in that time slot.
While I expect Walker to put the questions to the owner that need to be asked, here are 10 things I want to know:
1. The Redskins perceived that Jason Campbell would benefit by moving up the learning curve by playing consecutive seasons in the same offensive system with consistent coaching. Jim Zorn was hired for that purpose. This should be the big payoff for that investment of time. Is the team still committed to that plan? (Specifically directed to Daniel Snyder.)
2. The case for Mark Sanchez appears based on his dynamic personality. Every team that talks to him is impressed by him. Yet, Sanchez has about the same single season game experience as Devin Thomas. Please explain the ideal timetable for Sanchez to start. Do you see him needing a season or two for development, or can he start immediately?
3. If you see Sanchez as a starter by year end 2009, please explain the advantages for this season in comparison to Jason Campbell.
4. How will you ensure that Sanchez will come to training camp NFL-ready? What did you learn from the Devin Thomas / Malcolm Kelly experience?
5. It seems that teams with the second through tenth pick are unusually willing to trade down this year because they perceive that none of the top ten talent is worth the price to sign them. Does that cause any pause on your part?
6. If there is opportunity to trade up, why are you not going for tackles Jason Smith or Eugene Monroe, or OLB Aaron Curry?
7. What is your assessment of Colt Brennan? Does he have a future here?
8. What's your long term plan to restock talent on the offensive line? Is there a major free-agent signing due in 2010? How will you back-fill Chris Samuels for the 2012 season.
9. The cost of your signing of Albert Haynesworth and DeAngelo Hall and the move for Sanchez suggest that you believe 2010 will be an uncapped year and that the salary cap will be gone by 2011. You (Snyder) have been very astute about the salary cap. How do you see that scenario unfolding over the next three seasons?
10. Do you really expect that a move up to trade for Sanchez will be met with fan approval?
Most of these questions ought not be answered before the draft. They touch on confidential strategy. But they are what most fans need to know to keep any shred of confidence in Snyder.
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