Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder has a new coach and new organizational setup. He also showed he has a sense of humor.
Actor and Redskins fan Matthew McConaughey posted a 12-second video on Instagram of McConaughey and Snyder from the Super Bowl in which he referenced a now-famous Snyder line: "Happy Thanksgiving."
Before introducing new coach Ron Rivera at a Jan. 2 news conference, Snyder wished everyone in the auditorium at Redskins Park a "Happy Thanksgiving."
The joke was never explained and left many wondering about his intentions: Was it because Rivera was fired five days after Thanksgiving, paving the way for his hire in Washington? Was Snyder just having fun because everyone else would have said, "Happy New Year"? Because Snyder doesn't grant interviews, the line will remain somewhat of a mystery. It's also known that he does not enjoy speaking to large groups and this was perhaps his way of trying to put himself at ease.
Flash forward to the Super Bowl in Miami. From a suite, McConaughey and Snyder recorded the video. Snyder starts by saying he's at the Super Bowl with the actor, with McConaughey then saying he's there with Snyder and, "What do we say to that?"
Snyder then references the infamous McConaughey line from the movie "Dazed and Confused" -- "All right, all right, all right."
Then McConaughey references Snyder's most famous line of late, turning to the owner as he says, "Happy Thanksgiving, pal."
"I love it baby," Snyder says as they turn and walk away.
In private, Snyder can appear relaxed and show his more humorous side, contrasting with the image of him as a public figure. But some who know him well also say there's a different sense about him these days. After a 3-13 season, Snyder overhauled the organization, firing team president Bruce Allen after a decade-long run -- the biggest of several changes.
"As I spend time with him, I sense someone at peace," said former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who visits Redskins Park often. "I think Dan really feels good. He worked his ever-loving rear end off starting early in November when he decided it was time to make some decisions, and he went forward and made them."
Snyder has made sweeping changes before and they haven't worked out to his or the fans' desire. Despite having coaches such as Marty Schottenheimer, Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan, the Redskins have posted just six winning seasons since Snyder bought the team in 1999.
More than anything, what Redskins fans indeed want is a happy Thanksgiving, and would be thrilled to utter that line all year if it meant their team was winning.