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The short answer: probably not. But in the spirit of fair play, I'll at least consider the remote possibility.
Like many of you, I found Dan Snyder's quotes about sitting back and letting the football people do their jobs quite disingenuous. He's had some great football minds in his organization before, and that hasn't stopped him from meddling. I'm not exactly holding my breath awaiting a brand new Dan Snyder.
But at the same time, it has to be noted that Ted Leonsis was once like Snyder too. His first big move as the owner of the Washington Capitals was to throw a bucket of money at Jaromir Jagr. His first move as part-owner of the Wizards was to convince Michael Jordan to come out of retirement. Both were quick-fix decisions that hamstrung the long-term development of his teams.
Eventually, though, Leonsis learned and adjusted his philosophy, and now, his teams are reaping the benefits. He's proof that owners can change. So in that spirit, it's at least worth thinking, if for just a flickering moment, that maybe Dan Snyder can also change. Snyder's been doing things the wrong way for far longer than Leonsis, but sometimes it takes longer for people to get it. Who knows? Maybe Snyder really gets it this time.
Okay, probably not. But hey, optimism rules, right?
Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:
- Remember Eric Prisbell's Father's Day story on John Wall, during which he revealed to Wall that his father was a murderer? Bullets Forever followed up with Prisbell on that and more in an interview here.
- Bullets Forever also examines what the Wizards need from their two later NBA Draft picks (30 and 35).
- MASN's Ben Goessling profiles Patrick Reddington from Federal Baseball here.
- SB Nation's Orlando Magic blog Orlando Pinstriped Post provides a detailed breakdown on why the Magic should strongly consider taking Greivis Vasquez with the 29th pick.
- Is Jammal Brown penalty prone? Hogs Haven talks to SB Nation's Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles to find out.