It’s mid-November. For the 10th time in 12 years under owner Dan Snyder, the Redskins are going to watch the playoffs from home. (This will mark the fourth straight season.)
That means it’s time for a fresh wave of criticism for how Snyder and his staff run the team. Former Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers, now with San Francisco, believes the team doesn’t develop its own players.
“They brought in so many guys and gave them all the money and lifted them up and let guys go that they drafted and had been there,” Rogers told Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt on Sirius XM NFL Radio. “I really wasn’t finding them building a team that way. Of course, you’re going to need free agents and some spots you need to fill. But you need to take care of your guys. Take care of home and not let them go. That’s how you build.”
In fairness, Washington did get a lot younger with a boatload of draft picks this year. (Although they clearly miss Rogers.) The Redskins just have to stay patient while getting younger. Rogers also referred to the “drama” that constantly surrounds the team.
“There’s so much drama, so much outside stuff,” Rogers said. “Coaches don’t realize that distracts a lot of players. All the outside stuff resonates.”
Jason Reid of the Washington Post has a solution. He wants G.M. Bruce Allen to take a more forceful role in player personnel.
This doesn’t make a lot of sense to us. Allen is paired with Mike Shanahan because Allen doesn’t get overly involved in player acquisitions. He’s involved elsewhere in football operations. That was the deal when Allen was with Jon Gruden in Tampa, and that’s the deal now.
Right or wrong, this is Mike Shanahan’s show. That’s what the Redskins are paying for.
Just like in Denver, Shanahan the G.M. needs to do a better job of helping out Shanahan the coach.