Redskins name Bruce Allen president and G.M.

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When Bruce Allen recently sent a letter to Senator Harry Reid defending the ongoing use of the team’s name, his employer identified him as “Redskins president.”  I assumed I’d either missed or forgotten the announcement that Allen had a fairly important title added to his “General Manager” label.

I hadn’t.  For a change.

The team announced on Monday that Allen is now officially the president and G.M.

“I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate,” owner Dan Snyder said.

It’s unclear how, if at all, Allen’s job will change.  But it’s clear that, in the wake of the failed Shanahan experiment, Allen has emerged with more power than ever.

With more power comes more accountability.  Allen could be the next up for a pink slip, if the Redskins continue to stumble and sputter and otherwise be mediocre.

71 responses to “Redskins name Bruce Allen president and G.M.

  1. great spokesman, not a great talent evaluator.. letting morocco brown go might haunt them down the road.. hopefully some of his picks in this years draft pan out and he ends up looking like a genius

  2. He deserved it, besides keeping up the Dan Snyder tradition of building poor to mediocre teams and signing bad eggs he also defended their right to have a mascot as racist as they want.

  3. Congrats Bruce. Your father would be so proud, as. most in the native Indian community are to be defending The Redskins organizatio and their name.

  4. AGAIN, ’til they change the name of “The Masters”, Dan Snyder doesn’t have to do anything. The politically correct-minded people cannot pick and choose what is offensive when it is convenient for them. The collective guilty conscience that motivates one to do the right thing must apply to ALL of those that have suffered injustices in this country.

  5. Nothing wrong with the name. Where were the blowhard whiners 40 years ago? Politicians should just stay out of it. They have their own crooked ways of ruining this country to worry about.

  6. Isn’t Bruce Allen the brother of George Allen … the George Allen that used the “macaca” slur during his failed 2006 political bid for US Senate in VA?

    Coincidence or pattern?

  7. If the team does collapse again and show no signs of returning to the playoffs, that is the ripe time to re-boot the franchise, update the uniform, change the name, hire a new GM and begin a new era in D.C. football.

  8. What would it hurt???? Take a look at Vince Young…..
    There are a lot worse QBs on NFL rosters that has never had the success Vince Young has had …(NFL Rookie of the Year, 2 Pro Bowls, Playoff experience and Mobility). Vince has a career winning record of 31-19…
    He can help this team…even if it’s just upgrading the quarterback pool…

  9. How about we change the name to the D.C. Redskins?

    That way Native Americans aren’t offended by being associated with Washington politics.



  10. How about changing the name to the “Washington Allens”? Bruce has clearly shown his loyalty by shilling shamelessly for Dan Snyder, Terry Allen was a decent running back for them not too long ago, and don’t forget about former coach George Allen! Snyder could simply honor all the Allens who have contributed to the team’s success over the years rather than continuing to honor the Native Americans (as he claims to do).

  11. He’s as horrible as the Skins secondary and offensive line…
    Snyder is officially the worst owner in the league, unless Jerry Jones makes Stephen G.M. tomorrow.

  12. We’re all born here. That makes us all Native Americans. This one is not offend by being called a white guy or pale face, so redskins is okay with me too.

  13. Can’t see why he would fire him after another disaster season. If he truly feels this way then if the Redskins fail it shouldn’t be Bruce Allen’s fault unless Snyder was dead wrong about his value. And since he was short a 1st Round draft pick that will give him extra consideration. There’s no way that Snyder will fire him after this year. He loves the guy and believes in him, and you don’t quit on your guy after one bad season after anointing him as something really special and giving him an honor like this.

    Bruce Allen is Snyder’s guy and he will stay loyal to him for quite a while no matter what.

  14. “most in the native Indian community are to be defending The Redskins organizatio and their name”

    No they aren’t. What are you talking about? Don’t answer as it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re talking about as no native calls their self Indian. A lot in the native american community stopped caring as they for the most part don’t have a voice. Either they’re ignored or mixed with african like me and doubly ignored.

    A lot of natives found it very offensive and the term redskin through out history was not used in a good meaning. But hey when you’re more minority than minorities, nobody cares how you feel. That’s just the truth. Imagine if the team was called the Washington Polacks or better yet the Washington Kikes.

    Would it still have the same name today? Would the name have even been accepted?

  15. I have been a Redskins since 1972 and I don’t care if we change the name or don’t . If we do change the name from Redskins , let’s change it to the Warriors .

  16. Dude has done more to help the Rams than he has for the Skins.

    Right, because the Rams have done very well the past two seasons.

    “The term “red” was adopted by French and English by the 1750′s after the reference to “red man” was made in 1725 by a Taensa chief. According to the French (1725), the Taensa referred to themselves as “Red Men.” Three chiefs of the Piankashaws wrote (1769), “…You think that I am an orphan; but all the people of these rivers and all the redskins will learn of my death.” In 1807 French Crow (Wahpekute, Santee Sioux) said, “I am a redskin…”

    Good job Bruce, and Hail to the Redskins !

  17. No they aren’t. What are you talking about? Don’t answer as it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re talking about as no native calls their self Indian. A lot in the native american community stopped caring as they for the most part don’t have a voice. Either they’re ignored or mixed with african like me and doubly ignored.


    2004 Annenberg Poll

    It appears you don’t know what you’re talking about.

    And, many Native Americans call themselves
    ” Indians “, and the phrase American Indian is used in many negotiations, with tribal representatives. Neither phrase is really right or wrong.

  18. Many of these nicknames are offensive, have you ever met a Buffalo named Bill ? I don’t think Jaguars even play football do they ? Dolphins ? Maybe water polo ? Chiefs ? oops !

  19. There will be a day in our lifetimes where all Native American sports mascots will be gone. Chiefs, Indians, Redskins, Blackhawks.


  20. As of 1995, according to the US Census Bureau, 50% of people who identified as indigenous preferred the term American Indian, 37% preferred Native American, and the remainder preferred other terms or had no preference.

    ….. Just sayin’

  21. No way they get rid of Allen next year, I mean look how long they held on to Cerrato. He gets canned and as soon as Snyder could, he brought him back to continue to make some of the dumbest GM moves ever. No, Snyder will hang on to Bruce even if he does fall flat on his face.
    Once when we did have a potential GM on the rise he lands in Seattle only to make some great moves, moves that put our scouting office to shame. Bethard was our best GM and Cooke was a great owner. Miss those days.

  22. Your talking about an owner who kept Vinnie Cerratto around for years because he let Dan win their tennis matches. One can only guess what Bruce had to do for his promotion? It certainly wasn’t winning games.

  23. Got to google, and do an image search for “Indian War Paint” and you will see what the term really represents. It’s not a racial slur, and it never was.

  24. I’ve heard some also claim that the Redskins’ team logo is racist, but it seems to be pretty much identical to the image found on the old Indian head nickel. If you ask me, the Chicago Blackhawks logo is way more cartoonish, if that’s the basis for the criticism.

  25. “failed” Shanahan experiment? I don’t think so.
    I don’t understand why the Skins are viewed so negatively all the time. They have still won more playoff games (2) (1999, 2005) and division titles (2) (1999, 2012) under Snyder than the Lions, Cowboys, Browns, Chiefs, Jags, Bills, Jets, Raiders, Cardinals and others. I don’t get it.

    Shanahan drafted the franchise pro-bowl talent (QB Griffin, RB Morris, LT Williams, TE Reed, OLB Kerrigan) and drafted promising young players (CB Amerson, SS Thomas, QB Cousins) and has done well in free agency with WR Garcon, NT Cofield, G Chester, G Lichtensteiger.
    We had no cap room the last 2 years to build around RG3 until now. Allen did well this offseason in the draft and free agency. When the team wins the division AGAIN in 2014, perhaps people will see that the Skins are a decent team that only needed a QB all these years.

  26. …maybe the Skins are just held to a higher standard with New England, Baltimore, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, NY Giants. I just wonder why other teams are not.

  27. I’m so glad that people are focusing on highly important issues like a team name (even though most aren’t offended by it), and not those frivolous matters like poverty, debt, veterans, the middle-east, unemployment healthcare,etc.!


  28. My Grandmother was 100% cherokee and a huge Redskins fan. Congratulations to Bruce, your father would have been proud. Keep fighting for our glorious team name too. HTTR!

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