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Bruce Allen: Control over personnel will be mine

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The departure of Mike Shanahan has Redskins head coach won’t be accompanied by a further shakeup in the team’s front office.

That was the message from executive vice president and General Manager Bruce Allen at his Monday press conference. Allen said that he would continue to work with director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and director of player personnel Scott Campbell in the wake of Shanahan’s firing and denied that there were any structural problems with the way the organization does business.

One thing that will change in the future is who has control over personnel decisions. Shanahan had a major role in those calls during his tenure, but Allen said Monday that “the control will be mine” moving forward in addition to asserting his prominent role in selecting the next coach. That will make for a different way of doing business in Washington and, should the Redskins stick to that mode of operation, it could impact which candidates are interested in pursuing the head coaching position.

There wasn’t much detail about what the team will be looking for in their next coach as Allen stuck to vague descriptors like “inspire and lead” and “sense of urgency” to describe what he’s looking for during the interview process. Allen also confirmed that many assistant coaches were fired. According to multiple reports, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and special teams coach Keith Burns are out while others, including defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris, will have their fate determined by the next head coach.

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22 Responses to “Bruce Allen: Control over personnel will be mine”
  1. bucrightoff says: Dec 30, 2013 2:51 PM

    Translation: Whatever Danny Boy tells me to do, I’ll be doing it.

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Dec 30, 2013 2:54 PM

    I sleep easy at night knowing a quality football guy like Bruce Allen is under control. I trust he’ll make the correct choice for the next coach and we shall be vindicated with Lombardi Trophies in the next 10 years. #TheMeekshallinherittheEarthandGodlovestheRedskins

  3. glenuendo says: Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    I sure hopes he has more control. Snyder will overpay for has-beens at a drop of a hat.

  4. rodvmunchiii says: Dec 30, 2013 3:00 PM

    Go look at the Buccaneers history post 2004+ for an idea of what your future looks like Redskins fans. Allen is a dolt.

  5. twilson962 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    Haslett should’ve been canned last year.

  6. gibson34 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:02 PM

    worst run org in the NFL…Danny boy is lucky he made his billion during the .com boom as he couldn’t run a lemonade stand effectively anymore….LMAO>

  7. ziplock10 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    That’s how its supposed to be done. A G.M. running the show. If it fails, you hire another G.M.

    Not coach G.M.

  8. shalakka says: Dec 30, 2013 3:05 PM

    Mike just had way too much control.
    better times are ahead.
    notice they didn’t fire haslett or raheem.
    just wanted to clear the room of the shanna-stench.

  9. eatitfanboy says: Dec 30, 2013 3:10 PM

    Bruce Allen is a cap expert. He has never had control over personnel decisions.

    In Tampa, he was Gruden’s cap guy. In DC, he was Shanny’s cap guy. In both of those places, the coach picked the players and Allen did the math.

    So now he is going to be the personnel guy?

    Good luck with that.

  10. chawk12thman says: Dec 30, 2013 3:15 PM

    That means: we intend to hire a new, young, inexperienced coach as the established coaches will all want too much control.

  11. sandersmarcus10 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:30 PM

    Big mess waiting to happen!

  12. bbrophy1 says: Dec 30, 2013 3:35 PM

    Don’t forget that former Chargers’ GM AJ Smith works in Washington’s front office. Smith and Bruce Allen are old friends and they both have a great relationship with Jon Gruden. Allen was Gruden’s GM in Tampa Bay and the rumors around St Louis in 2011 is that Smith would become the GM and bring his buddy Gruden there. If Allen and Smith can’t coax Jon Gruden out of the broadcast booth, maybe Jay Gruden will be the choice to get the most out of RGIII.

  13. grruffgrruff says: Dec 30, 2013 3:36 PM

    Another ME guy…

  14. skinsfaninphilly says: Dec 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    Haslett & Keith Burns should have been the only casualties of this coaching staff! Say I’m being one sided if you want, but it makes no sense to fire the HC & OC of a team ranked 2nd in rushing w/ a 1000yd player at receiver & running back. The team brought back the same starters from last year w/ the exception of Madeiu Williams..last year’s defense..ranked at the bottom of every category..this year..same thing! We got over last year because we played a last place schedule..we went to battle this year with the same exact team, but went against a first place/playoff team schedule. We got smacked around! Our defense made us divert from the game plan while still running the 15 scripted plays every team goes into a game with! We let go of Danny Smith to get Keith Burns, that’s like trading a cheap fouton for cot! Salary penalties kept us from keeping Lorenzo Alexander, but this guy had no clue what he was doing out there! Return men had field days against us!

  15. rodvmunchiii says: Dec 30, 2013 3:44 PM

    You people thinking Gruden is a good football coach, you all crack me up. He won a SB with Dungy’s team (remember the defense in that Super Bowl was Dungy’s entire defensive staff – still in tact – that defense outscored the Raiders offense) and because of that he had to tear apart that team (releasing Lynch and not resigning Sapp – both went on to more Pro Bowl seasons) so he could PROVE to everyone he could win with his players. The team dumped then GM Rich McKay to bring in Bruce Allen since he was buddy buddy with Gruden and the two of them proceeded to make the team old and untalented, to perform terrible drafts and to make the team, year in – year out – mediocre at best.

    The guy that says he was Gruden’s “cap guy” in Tampa – learn your Bucs history. He was the GM of the team – sure he mostly did Gruden’s bidding but he was in fact the actual GM. If you love giving contracts to old, aging and slow players then Allen AND Gruden will make a great combo. But based on his performance in Oakland and Tampa I certainly wouldn’t want Allen in charge of anything I like.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 30, 2013 3:46 PM

    “Control over personnel will be mine……all mine…ahahahaha!…..all mine!”.

  17. wearewhowethoughtwewere says: Dec 30, 2013 3:53 PM

    Totally unaware that Bryan Ferry was the GM of the Redskins. Maybe he should go back to Roxy Music.

  18. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Dec 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    bbrophy1 says:
    Dec 30, 2013 3:35 PM
    Don’t forget that former Chargers’ GM AJ Smith works in Washington’s front office. Smith and Bruce Allen are old friends and they both have a great relationship with Jon Gruden. Allen was Gruden’s GM in Tampa Bay and the rumors around St Louis in 2011 is that Smith would become the GM and bring his buddy Gruden there. If Allen and Smith can’t coax Jon Gruden out of the broadcast booth, maybe Jay Gruden will be the choice to get the most out of RGIII.

    This is the first i’ve heard of smith being in the washington front office. If so, its another reason they’ll never be any good. Smith took a good team in S.D. and ruined it. As soon as he hit the bricks, things improved. While mentor John Butler was a genius, Smith is just an egotistical moron. He held Antonio Gates out of the first regular season game to punish him for a pre-season holdout. Then he blamed Schottenheimer when they missed the playoffs by one game.

    AJ and Bruce Allen together have about the gravitas of dan quayle. if gruden went to work for the trio of allen smith and snyder, he’s a bigger fool than i would have ever thought.

    And while money will eventually lure in a greedy (and probably ineffective) coach, snyder will learn that his hiring pool keeps getting smaller due to the circus that has been his 15 years of stewardship…..

  19. whatjusthapped says: Dec 30, 2013 3:55 PM

    Allen is a sock puppet for Snyder. Just for common courtesy, I hope Snyder warms his hands before he buries them up Allens control panel .

  20. fordmandalay says: Dec 30, 2013 3:59 PM

    How can you doubt a man with hair like that?

  21. lagg1 says: Dec 30, 2013 4:07 PM

    Bruce Allen is a cap expert. He has never had control over personnel decisions.

    In Tampa, he was Gruden’s cap guy. In DC, he was Shanny’s cap guy. In both of those places, the coach picked the players and Allen did the math.

    So now he is going to be the personnel guy?

    Good luck with that.
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    I totally agree. Bruce Allen is a capologist. He does not measure players. You need a player in the position of personnel manager to build that roster. From the very beginning that has always been Washington’s problem. Build the organization Snyder or the same fate awaits you and the fans next year.

  22. skins1970 says: Dec 30, 2013 8:11 PM

    Scott Campbell or Morocco Brown will probably be the personnel guy.

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