Trent Williams unloads on Bruce Allen

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Trent Williams was careful not to blame Washington owner Dan Snyder for the dysfunctional situation that saw him miss the entire season.

But he pulled no punches when it came to team president Bruce Allen, saying it was his fault the situation became so acrimonious — and that the team has been so bad for the last decade.

In a lengthy piece from Les Carpenter of the Washington Post, the veteran left tackle said Allen putting him on the non-football injury list (and withholding his salary) when he reported to the team midseason was punitive.

“It just goes to show you how behind the times [Allen] is, and he still tries to use that money to hold it over black athletes,” Williams said.

Williams held out to begin the offseason, unhappy with the team’s handling of his medical situation. There’s some reasonable degree of he-said/she-said involved here (as in any situation as complicated as this one), and Allen called Williams’ allegations “comical.”

But it doesn’t sound like there’s any way Williams would return to the team as long as Allen’s running it.

“I don’t see how it can be reconciled,” Williams said. “At the end of the day I’m a human being, I ain’t like a dog and you can slap s— out of me and I’m going to come back the next morning with my tail wagging. This was a conscious decision, they didn’t burn the bridge by accident. This was something they felt comfortable doing, so I got to feel comfortable with moving on, too.”

Williams believes as long as Allen’s in charge, it will be hard for them to be competitive, and that they’d have to overpay to get free agents to come there after the way he was treated. In Allen’s 10 years running the team, they’re 62-93-1.

“There’s no shortcuts to the top,” he said. “It’s a long, grueling road, and right now I don’t even feel like the organization is on a road, it’s on a track that’s going in circles. You get to a point where you say: ‘All right, we’re about to break through,’ and in less than a year, you’re back to rebuilding. . . .

“I just don’t understand. In any business world, when the employer has someone who is underperforming, he finds another one. I don’t know in the last 10 years if there is a worse record [for] someone who has held their job for 10 years and performed the way they performed and still have a job. I don’t know. That would be good to look up and [see] just who else is in that company. I would be thrilled to find out.”

When asked for a response, Allen said only: “I’m much more concerned about the Green Bay Packers than that.”

Snyder has stood by Allen through years of criticism, though recent reports suggest he’s considering moving on. Until or unless he does, it doesn’t appear there’s a road to mending the relationship with one of their best players of the last generation.

41 responses to “Trent Williams unloads on Bruce Allen

  1. Regardless of how people “feel” about Bruce Allen, he still did the right thing and put Trent Williams on the “non-injured” list. No way he gets free money for not playing.

  2. When you consider that the Skins could have got something for Allen by trading him (especially at the beginning of the season when LTs were in right demand on the trade market) and instead opted to walk the “hard road” with him for some infantile reason that in no way helped the team get better, you really have to wonder why Allen has his job…

  3. You go Trent! You are the man tell it like it is …Brucie has to go and hopefully you’re going to help sweep him out the door so you can stay

  4. The Redskins would be ranked dead last for owner/GM combo if it weren’t for Jerruh holding that title all by himself. Allen not trading Williams out of spite is not good leadership. It’s pretty and pathetic

  5. no way, we love Bruce! He is doing a bang up, outstanding job!!
    – every team other then DC!

  6. Williams is right that the win-loss record is bad. And maybe right that he will not play for the Redskins under Bruce Allen’s leadership.

    The thing everyone has wrong about Allen is that he is executing instructions exactly with how the owner wants this situation to be played out on the Redskins’ behalf. Plain and simply ugly.

  7. Don’t blame the guy, Washington is inept, snyder worse owner in sports. Even Ralph wasn’t that cheap

  8. MAYBE snyder will finally fire him for alienating their best player since he’s owned the team. but that would make too much sense.

  9. When asked for a response, Allen said only: “I’m much more concerned about the Green Bay Packers than that.”
    That says it all, the GM isn’t looking at the whole picture, or even the whole season. He is looking over the coaches head at the next game. Is there any wonder why the Redskins have been so bad for so long.
    Sell the team Danny and take Bruce with you on your way out of town.

  10. Doesn’t Snyder WANT to win? I thought all millionaires, heck billionaires HAD EGOS. I would fire Allen this minute with his dismissal performance. At the owners meetings I would want to respected for having a WELL RUN WINNING franchise.

  11. Comparing two teams that started at about the same point (talent and winning-wise) with new GM’s at the same time…

    In 2009 Bruce Allen comes on board with a Washington team that had a 4 and 12 record.
    In 2009 John Schneider comes on board with a Seattle team that had a 5 and 11 record.

    Fast forward to 2012 and both teams now have “Franchise” rookie QB’s in RG3 and Russell Wilson. Seattle goes 11-5 while Washington goes 10-6 winning their division. Clearly two teams on the uptick. They meet in D.C. for round one of the Wildcard playoffs and the Seahawks prevail.

    Since then Washington’s had one playoff game. Seattle’s had 10, including two Super Bowls. The difference? Culture, coaching, and a great GM. Not to mention an excellent owner. Let’s face it, word gets around the league. Players don’t want to go to places with horrible reputations and Washington has just that…a horrible reputation. Unless they are chasing money and the offer from Washington is significantly better, they are going to go almost anywhere else.

  12. Cotton Weary says:
    December 5, 2019 at 8:03 pm
    Save some of that anger for Daniel Snyder
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    I agree. To some degree what Allen does is an extension of Snyder. Snyder is the puppet (muppet) master.

  13. Firing Allen is well overdue. But Trent is wanting a last contract that will be a cap killer based on his projected production. This years health record is a strong indicator of that. Not happy wont play.

  14. kcbosch says:
    December 5, 2019 at 7:58 pm

    When asked for a response, Allen said only: “I’m much more concerned about the Green Bay Packers than that.”
    That says it all, the GM isn’t looking at the whole picture, or even the whole season. He is looking over the coaches head at the next game. Is there any wonder why the Redskins have been so bad for so long.
    Sell the team Danny and take Bruce with you on your way out of town. Just my thoughts also. What do the GM have to do with the game management? He should leave that to the coaches. Give them the players that they need and not be so vindictive or “childless” as to put one of our best player on the non-injury exempt list! What is he doing “feeding his ego”?
    WOW such dysfunction in what used to be a proud team!

  15. You know, it’s interesting how many coaches have come and gone since Snyder has owned the team yet there have been only 2 true GMs in Cerrato and Allen… both of whom have underperformed significantly and kissed up to Snyder to delay their inevitable firings

  16. Snyder and his franchise are a disaster. Fully support Trent 100%. Wish he wouldn’t have invoked racism. Changes the narrative of the argument. Snyder is a flat out horrible owner who makes horrible decisions and treats everyone horribly.

  17. Allen has been doing a subpar job and Williams didn’t earn his money this year and shouldn’t get paid.

  18. Just freakin’ fire Allen. We can’t get rid of Snyder, but we can AT LEAST hope for Allen to be sent packing. It’s a baby step, but at least it’s a baby step in the right direction….

  19. Its hilarious, they should have traded him. Had trades basically ready to go with Browns and others, didn’t want to cut a deal.

    So williams reports and then you NFI him? THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU TRADE HIM????

    Williams is right, and its not an old tired line. This has to be petty and likely about race and trying to “put him in his place”.

    Because what dummy wouldn’t trade him just to NFI him and have him not play?

    Particularly when, looking at this division, anything could have been possible this year.

  20. Another failed relative of a former successful coach. When is the NFL going to learn that nepotism for the sake of name recognition rarely succeeds?

  21. People are calling for John Elway’s head after 3 losing seasons despite 50 wins in 4 years before with 2 SB appearances and a ring. But a guy averages 6-10 for a decade and still has a job?

  22. “It just goes to show you how behind the times [Allen] is, and he still tries to use that money to hold it over black athletes,” Williams said.
    ———
    Yes how dare a company withhold money from an employee who withheld his services. I was on Williams side up until he starts throwing the race card around which has NOTHING to do with the situation.

  23. How is a growth on your head a football related injury Trent? Team doctors treat football related injuries not possible cancerous growths.

  24. @akira1971 says:
    December 5, 2019 at 5:53 pm
    Regardless of how people “feel” about Bruce Allen, he still did the right thing and put Trent Williams on the “non-injured” list. No way he gets free money for not playing.
    ===========================================================================
    Really…can’t ignore that Washington mis-diagnosed the severity of his tumor.

  25. garsondebramelow says:
    December 6, 2019 at 10:14 am
    The race card was a weak play.
    ======================
    This!

    I mean was it a medical issue Trent or was it a racial thing?

  26. Allen bungled this situation so badly. He could have fleeced Broncos GM John Elway (along with many other LT needy GMs) at any point for multiple picks before this mess went public, but the enormus egos of Synder and Allen have once again led them down the wrong path. Now they’ll be lucky to get a 4th rounder due to how toxic the situation has become.

  27. Dont have a horse in this race but williams for sure must have blown off at least two doctors who recommended a simple biopsy, he also held out till one day after trade deadline to come back and start a rukus about his cancer and helm8t crapola. Ya, i would suspend him also for the season. Heck maybe next season too.

  28. While I dont blame Trent Williams for being upset, what was he expecting? He held out and didnt report for 10 weeks and reported with the intention of not playing. Why would he or anyone be surprised that he was put on the NFI list?

  29. Sorry Trent, yeah you showed up late but with that lame “helmet doesn’t fit” bs and now pulling the race card… lost all respect for you. #HTTR

  30. 62-93-1. With that back of record FIRE BRUCE as soon as the season ends!!! Trade Williams like he ask for. Hire a GM that can hire a good coach, find good talent in players, and WIN GAMES!!! That is the bottom line just put a GREAT WASHINGTON REDSKINS TEAM TOGETHER TO WIN GAME!!!

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