Steve Czaban went all ground and pound on Dan Snyder on ESPN 980-AM this week, and all the while made the Redskins owner look bigger.
Czaban, longtime co-host of the afternoon drive-time show “The Sports Reporters,” began with a rant about Snyder staying invisible during the Trent Williams and Fred Davis pot suspension saga and having Mike Shanahan do all the talking for the organization.
The fans deserve more, Czaban said.
“I hope the owner is heard from,” Czaban said. “It’s like there’s a dead rat in the restaurant. I don’t want to hear from the chef saying, ‘Oh, I’m sorry.” No, I want to hear from the owner who says, That’s unacceptable and we’re not going to let that happen again!’ That’s not healthy.”
When co-host Andy Pollin and guest and fellow ESPN-980 staffer Thom Loverro briefly defended Snyder’s no-show in WeedGate, Czaban got angry.
“Any other owner in this league woudn’t be hiding under the sheets right now!” Czaban fumed. “Every other owner has a better ear for customer relations! I’m not the one who had to take 10,000 seats out of my stadium to avoid blackouts! He did! He can’t just disappear and say, `Oh, I’m afraid to go out there because I’m stung by the criticism!’ He’s got to learn how to own a team, and be involved in a way that’s not meddling that he needs to find if he’s going to run a decent team! Otherwise, it’s gonna be a long string of celebrity coaches that failed, or dictators that he’s totally detached from, or back in and meddling with guys like [Jim] Zorn! He’ll never get it right! Right now he’s got a dictator who is detached from accountability running his football team into the ground! He’s afraid to even get out in public!”
Loverro again interrupted to say that Snyder might be content with Shanahan’s stewardship of the Redskins.
Czaban wouldn’t have it.
“He’s two games behind Zorn!” Czaban exhaled. “He’s run through three quarterbacks and he’s just had two stars suspended for weed use! Yeah, he’s doing a great job! Doing a heckuva job, Brownie!”
Czaban’s long anti-Snyder riff was noteworthy for its volume and because he would seem to have a lot to lose. When Czaban speaks his mind, after all, he does so on a station owned by Snyder’s radio outfit, Red Zebra Broadcasting, which bought the former WTEM in 2008.
Czaban now also has a morning show on the Snyder-owned SportsTalk 570-AM.
But management clearly has Czaban feeling comfy expressing himself in the workplace. Just like Czaban always did before Snyder took over.
Even the boss would have to admit that Czaban’s monologue was great radio.