June 2, 2010
Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation
Scholarship Fund Press Conference
Washington Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder:
"This is really special for me to say congratulations to Kiana [Hardy] and last year's recipient Clayton [Armstrong], and we're just thrilled that we can help. We're looking forward to her having a great collegiate career. We're very excited for you, congratulations."
2010 Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship recipient Kiana Hardy:
"I'm just so appreciative, as is my family. I've worried about how I was going to pay for college. This helps me so much, you just don't understand. Thank you so much. I can't even put it into words. When I actually found out I won, I was in tears. I couldn't wait to tell my family, everyone, all my friends. I'm just so appreciative. Thank you so much."
2009 Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation Scholarship recipient Clayton Armstrong:
"I want to thank the Redskins organization and the charitable foundation and especially the D.C. College Success Foundation because without this funding, I wouldn't be able to pursue my dreams of higher education. I want to make sure my education is diverse and that I got away from home to see what the rest of the country is like. Going to the University of Arizona, that was big for me. I just want to show deep gratitude, especially for the College Success Foundation and my mentor, who stuck with me and helped me through the year. It got rough, but I stuck it out and finished with a 3.5 GPA. I just wanted to say once again, it helped me pursue my dreams. Thank you."
Hardy on how she was notified about the award:
"I actually found out I won by telephone. They actually called my house, but I was out so they called me on my cell phone while I was sitting in traffic. Dan Snyder called me and I was in tears."
Hardy on the application process:
"The application process was actually online. I asked one of my good friends, who I've known for many years to write me a recommendation. She wrote me a recommendation. Everything was online. It took me like two days."
Hardy on receiving the phone call from Dan Snyder:
"For a second, I thought it was one of my friends playing a joke, but then when I looked at the phone number, it said Virginia. I was like, 'OK, maybe this is real.' Then as he started talking, I was like 'This is real,' so I had to pull over because I was freaking out. As he kept talking I knew it was him."
Hardy on her future plans:
"This fall, I'll be attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga., to major in biology, pre-med and Spanish. One day, I hope to become a bilingual pediatrician. I hope to attend Howard Medical School and come back and be able to work at Children's Hospital."
Armstrong on tossing the coin at the Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants game last season:
"I was a little bit late because I sprained my ankle, so I had to hobble all the way out to midfield and I kind of came at the end. It was amazing out there with the captains. It was really cold, too. I had a good time on the sideline. The game didn't end up that good, but we stuck it out."
Armstrong on his summer plans:
"This summer, I'm still waiting on confirmation on a couple of internships that I've applied for. I'm not really sure what I'm doing this summer, but I'm pretty sure I'm going to be working at somebody's office."
Snyder on the opportunity to give to the community:
"I think that our charter is all about the kids and youth. What we can do in terms of giving back to the community is critical for us. When I bought the club, I started a charitable foundation and it's been a real success so I'm really excited about it. It's really a lot of fun for us to be hands-on in the community.”
Post Press Conference
On if an indoor stadium will be needed to bring a Super Bowl to Washington:
“No, I think the experience of New York will hopefully be very helpful. And if we can get our gear up again for the Super Bowl committee – last time we had Senator Fred Thompson cheering for us, and the mayor – I think we’re ripe to [receive a Super Bowl] given the future.”
On when the Super Bowl could be held in Washington:
“I don’t think it’ll be that long. They’ll be playing in New York in 2014, and they’ll have a great experience there hopefully. And I think they’ll be surprised by the weather too, it’s not going to be a problem.”
On why he wants a Super Bowl in Washington:
“It’s good. It’s good for the Redskins, it’s good for Washington.”
On if he has spoken to Santana Moss:
“No. The league is handling things, and we respect what they always do, and I think things will be fine.”
On if he is willing to speak to players, or if he directs them to Head Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen:
“If they want to talk football, they talk to the coach, talk to the general manager, but I talk to plenty of players on the side of the field in practice.”
On Albert Haynesworth:
“I think that we’ve said enough about that situation, and things will work themselves out, and we’re looking forward to next week.”
On what happened when she received the phone call notifying her that she was awarded the scholarship:
“Actually, I was kind of upset, and then when I heard who it was, I was, like, really? So I just started crying. Once he started telling me, I had to pull over. And I was, like, my mom is going to be so upset because I answered the phone while I was driving. I was, like, she is going to kill me!
“But I couldn’t wait to get home. I was just like, yes, yes! I was just so excited.”
On her plans for college before receiving the scholarship:
“I still was going to go to Spelman, but I was paying mostly with the loans. And my mom had to take out a really big loan, so I was looking for other scholarships to really defer that cost for her.”
On if her friends were jealous that she received a call from Dan Snyder:
“They were all, like, 'Oh my god, you got a call from Dan Snyder? Really?' All my friends were just so ecstatic.”
On if she is a big Redskins fan:
“Yes, been die-hard Redskins fan since I was born. My grandfather, [wouldn’t allow me] to be anything else.”
Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan
On participation in OTAs:
"I'm kind of used to people being here in the offseason. In the 14 years I was in Denver, I think we had well above 90 percent every year. I just think that's part of a football player making a commitment to being part of the team and part of the organization. The guys that have not really participated haven't worked. Usually their careers haven't lasted very long. The guys that have been great players and consistent Pro Bowl players usually have a great offseason program. So when I first came here, I was expecting good attendance and I think we've had 94-95 percent. The attendance has been good, and I think we've worked extremely hard, especially running a new system. So far I'm pleased. We've got a number of OTAs left, mini-camp, and we've just got to keep making strides every day."
On what Clinton Portis is getting out of OTAs:
"Anytime I've been around Clinton [Portis] he's doing exactly what he's doing right now. He's been to all the OTAs and he's worked extremely hard. I don't know anything except that. I don't want to judge what he's done since he's been here, but I know since I've been here, he's done everything I've asked him to do and then some. He's been here with the OTAs, he's been here for the offseason conditioning program, he knows what weight he has to get to be in best possible shape. This is how to stay in the league, by guys staying in shape, especially as they get older."
On the difference in an older Portis since their time together in Denver:
"I don't think you know with a running back until you put the pads on and watch him live. But to have a great year, you've got to pay the price in the offseason. I was around guys like Rod Smith and Jerry Rice, and I could go through about four or five guys that never missed an offseason program in their career. It’s one of the reasons why they played 14, 15, 16, 17 years - and there's no easy way to get that done, especially as you get older -* usually the great players that you see out there on the field that are older take great care of themselves."
On his desired weight for Portis:
"When I saw him I think he was around 230 [pounds]. When he was in Denver, I think he was at 205. So, right in that 215 range if you feel comfortable with him. He might have to go down to 185. I don't know. On the serious side, he's got to get in football shape. A lot of guys get a little bigger and a little stronger, but you want to keep that speed and obviously you want to be in great shape."
On his reputation of churning out effective running backs:
"We believe in the running game to start with, and everybody's got to buy into it. Our wide receivers take pride in blocking as well as the tight ends, and the quarterbacks with his fakes. We believe in the system and believe it's going to be successful. I think that's one of the reasons we've been fairly good through the years, the belief that it's going to be productive."
On whether or not he's heard anything about free agent running back Brian Westbrook:
"No, but if you guys hear anything, just tell him that we're ready. We want him to sign with us. Like I said, it'll be some great competition. I really like Brian [Westbrook], what he's done, how he's handled himself. I'm sure he's weighing some options. He's not too far away from home. Any more I can do?"
On whether or not the team legitimately gave him an offer beyond exploratory talks:
"Oh yeah. We'd like him to be here."
On Chris Horton's performance following toe surgery:
"I think he's made some good strides. He’s not 100 percent yet, but he's playing through it when he has gotten sore. He's taken a little time off and he comes right back, so by the time we get started here in the next couple of months, I think he'll be 100 percent not only with his toe, but being in football shape."
On Lorenzo Alexander:
"Lorenzo [Alexander] has done a great job. Very seldom do you get a guy 275 pounds that's played the defensive end position adjust so quickly to the outside linebacker position. And with the defense we're running, it's a very important position. So we have a little depth there. We have some quality guys and hopefully we'll keep on getting better at that position."
On Devin Thomas:
"Devin [Thomas] really only had one year and that was his junior year at Michigan State. He came out of junior college and I think everybody saw him have that great year when he did come out. So you didn't really see much out of Devin except for that great year at Michigan State."
On if he was concerned with the absences of Rocky McIntosh, LaRon Landry or DeAngelo Hall:
"Well, first of all, like I said, we're at 94 percent. There's gonna be a guy here that misses, a guy there that's excused. I really don't get in to everything. All I can say is that when you're at 94 or 95 percent, you feel pretty good about your football team and the direction you're headed."
On if the absences were excused:
"Like I said, if I told you that, I'd be telling you who's excused and who's not excused, and I don't get into that for obvious reasons. But if I have an issue with one of those players I will address those players to let them know how I feel, but collectively it's very important for everyone to be here. I stress that, and obviously in the end, if they're not here, it's not good for their future. That's the bottom line over the long haul."
On the running back competition:
"Well, like you said, there's some accomplished players that are proving themselves. That has a lot to do with free agency this year. When you take a look at guys not being free after their fourth year, the market's not the same. There's gonna be guys that are probably more household names when you get into the sixth, seventh year or guys that have played a little bit."
On whether or not "household names" are more likely to push players than "just an average guy" for playing time:
"Anytime a guy has come in and proven himself, it's instant respect because they've done it year-in and year-out, or at least they've done it for a year or two and they've been very productive. You can take each one of those backs and say, 'Hey, this guy has done it. He's done it in some very competitive situations and we know what he can do.' Now we get a chance to see where they're at in their careers and see who can go out on the football field and get it done today."
On the offensive line:
"We're making some progress. One of the reasons why you have these OTAs is to evaluate everybody, get 'em used to your system. They get better as time goes on, especially with the offense. There's a learning curve there. The defense is usually a little ahead of the offense at the start of camp. That's one of the reasons we have a couple of extra mini-camps."
On if anything jumps out about the offensive line:
"Not yet. But I think we've got some experience there. We've got some very competitive guys that have worked extremely hard, some very smart guys. I'm looking forward to working with them."
On whether or not he has interest in potential unrestricted free agent O.J. Atogwe:
"Even if I did, I wouldn't share that with you for obvious reasons. We're always interested in upgrading our football team, and if it helped us with the right situation and the price was right, and somebody is available, we're always going to look into it. We do have some depth at certain positions and we've got some pretty good players at certain positions. You've got to take a look at the value of the player, how much money, draft choices. There's so many factors involved. We'll do what we can to help our football team improve, but look at the economics as well as the strength of the position."
On Andre Carter, Phillip Daniels and Maake Kemoeatu:
"Phil [Daniels] came in and he practiced full speed. The last couple of days he's back after it which is a good sign. [Maake Kemoeatu] is doing drill work. We didn't practice him with the team, but you can see he was freed by the doctors to go about the individual drill work with the assistant coaches. I think unless there's a major setback, he should be ready to go full speed by the time we get back for training camp. Andre [Carter], we limited his reps but it was very positive to see him go out there with the nickel and the base defense and get some reps. We just don't want to overdo it. I told him to be smart about it. He's a pretty smart guy. He's an experienced guy, so I think he'll be fine by the time we get to the summer camp."
Quarterback Donovan McNabb
On how the offense is coming along:
“We are coming along pretty well. Each camp work we have definitely been progressing. We have had our ups and downs, but I think you go through that with a new offense and new personnel. The exciting part about it was days like this where you create big plays and get everybody involved and everybody can get a feel of what we can do if we continue to work hard and stay consistent with it.”
On the offensive line:
“I see a cohesive group, a group that is willing to do whatever it takes to make better. I know that everyone has been down on them the last year or two or so. They kind have taken it to heart and ever since I’ve been here they have done a great job.”
On Joey Galloway:
“We have guys who have been in this game for a long period of time and have been through, obviously, the times we have to dig out wins and some wins that have been blowouts and some games don’t go your way. I think it really helps for some of the young guys to see it working out here. You know the others guys also have been working hard and making plays as well. We just want to continue to be on the same wavelength and continue to get better together so when training camp comes around we can get this thing rolling.”
On if it is important to have chemistry with not just wide receivers but running backs:
“I think it is for every position. I think as a whole it is important for the offense to be on the same page. If it’s communication between myself and the center and then he kind of spreads with the guys up front and I communicate with the guys in the back and the receivers kind of understand and get a feel for what’s going on. I think as a unit it is important that everybody is on the same page and thinking the same.”
On if communication is more mental than physical:
“I think a lot of it is just feel and just chemistry. Timing plays such a major part in this game if it’s running the ball or if it’s running nakeds or even drop back passes.”
On the relationship with Clinton Portis:
“With Clinton it’s like we have been playing together for a while. Obviously with him being in this sort of offense in Denver and now coming here and with what Gibbs ran he has that experience. Our chemistry has definitely been there and we have just been communicating and making sure everybody is kind of thinking on the same wavelength.”
On having a combination like Fred Davis and Chris Cooley:
“Well I have had the opportunity to play with some good tight ends in Philadelphia and we have a tandem like these two that you can split out and try to create mismatches with and make the offense go a little bit easier. I would say it confidently that this is the best tandem that I think is in the NFC East and you know we will want to continue to spread them around and get them involved and hopefully good things can happen.”
On if he envisioned being where he is now when he entered the league:
“I came into the league open minded because any time you say “I’m going to have a 15 year career or I’m a Hall of Famer,” I don’t get caught up in that. Each year for me is a challenge and you want to continue to get better each year no matter what your age is. I don’t feel like I’m 33 even though that’s not old. People like to bring it up, 12 years in the league that’s great, but each year I try to challenge myself to do better.”
On throwing the deep ball being an emphasis to the offense:
“I don’t think so. Really I think the emphasis for us is just consistency. For all of us to get things rolling together, everyone knows that we have three running backs here who have done well with their given teams and now they are playing together so they are looking for us to run the ball and it sets up play action and everything else we want to do. We have to make sure we connect on those opportunities to create opportunities for our defense to do what they want to do.”
On chemistry with Santana Moss:
“Well, we have been doing a lot of different things together even when we are not in OTAs, coming out here throwing and he’s been rehabbing and getting himself together, but the thing about it is that the guy has a natural big-play capability. Obviously, seeing him for nine years or so, I have kind of seen it firsthand. When he gets back here and is healthy ready to go it is going to be another piece to our puzzle.”
On key to making West Coast Offense work:
“Well, you know I think that when you look at what we like to do I mean obviously running the ball is an emphasis, but that sets up the naked game and the play action and things of that nature. What I think we have to do in order to get this thing going is to create first downs, move the chains, eat up some clock, and come out with points. I think we have to score points. When you have a defense as aggressive like we have you have to put points up on the board and that’s something that we have to focus in on.”
On speed and pace of the offense compare to other offseasons:
“I have never been apart of so many OTA practices. At this particular point you come in and work out and head home. In our case we don’t mind it so to speak because we have to get better in learning the new offense. Hopefully this won’t last too long, but getting your body a rest, I think that would important.”
On if the players are starting to grasp the new offense:
“Yes absolutely, you are seeing a lot of big play capability. We made a lot of big plays today and a lot of guys got involved and the exciting part about it is that there is a lot more there.”
On importance of having the right teacher to learning the offense:
“Well, I think it is important to have the right teacher for anything. That is just in life. It all depends from who you learn from. In this situation, Mike has been doing this for a while. His son has been around offense for a while. Me having experience in a West Coast Offense and then coming over here helps, but I am learning a new offense like everyone else.”
On working with a veteran like Joey Galloway:
“Well, I think it helps because we can communicate and not have to finish what we want to say without somebody else knowing what you mean. That sounds like you have been around a while and have that kind of relationship. With him being in Gruden’s system and being in Dallas and everywhere else, it helps. It helps the young guys as well.”
On Brian Westbrook’s decision-making process:
“I don’t have an office in here so I don’t make the decisions. Brian and I talk and it does not just pertain to football. We are good friends and we have been playing together for the last nine or 10 years and I just want the guy to have the opportunity to be able to continue on what he started and be able to prove the critics wrong that he can still play. If it’s here or anywhere else that’s his decision and the people upstairs. For me, I am just trying to get my feet settled and just try and get this thing in the right direction.”