Bruce Allen out in Washington

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Washington is moving quickly to reset their franchise after another losing season.

On the heels of a report that the team is planning to hire Ron Rivera as their next head coach comes word of another major change in the organization. Longtime team president Bruce Allen has been relieved of those duties.

Chatter that such a move was coming surfaced in recent days, although it was unclear if Allen would be reassigned or jettisoned completely. It’s the latter as team owner Daniel Snyder made clear that Allen is no longer going to be employed by the organization in any role.

“As this season concludes, Bruce Allen has been relieved of his duties as President of the Washington Redskins and is no longer with the organization,” Snyder said in a statement. “Like our passionate fan base, I recognize we have not lived up to the high standards set by great Redskins teams, coaches and players who have come before us. As we reevaluate our team leadership, culture and process for winning football games, I am excited for the opportunities that lie ahead to renew our singular focus and purpose of bringing championship football back to Washington D.C.”

Allen had become a frequent source of criticism and anger from a fanbase that saw two playoff games over Allen’s 10 years as the head of the team’s football operations. Allen’s tenure was also marked by a long series of embarrassing stories about the way the team handled matters with players, which only added to the bad feelings generated by the team’s record.

Allen defended the team’s approach and said he felt there was a good culture around the franchise, but Snyder has still opted to move in a different direction for 2020 and beyond. There has been talk of Allen landing a job with the Rams, so he may surface in Los Angeles while Washington charts its new course without him.

54 responses to “Bruce Allen out in Washington

  1. Other than Snyder selling the team to Bezos, this is the best present we could ask for. Now, how about a real GM?

  2. I don’t question liking Ron Rivera. I question putting the cart before the horse. Any respectable GM will want his guy coaching the team. Same Ol’ Danny boy.

  3. This move harkens a radical new approach for the organization — the Redskins are going to try it winning ON the field. In addition to being inept, Allen knifed so many people in the organization — Scot, “Curt” Cousins, Brian L., Gruden it is hard to feel sorry for him. Good riddance. The miracle is that you lasted so long.

  4. The Skins are supposedly all in to land Ron Rivera. Rivera is the plum catch of the HCs on the market and it’s very possible his camp explicitly or implicitly let it be known there would be no deal in DC unless Allen was out of the picture. Not a Redskins fan but the league is better when they’re competitive and I hope these moves work out for them.

  5. Troy Aikman as GM, Ron Rivera as coach. Stick it to Jerry Jones and have more success in 5 years than he’s had in 25.

  6. This is the first bit of hope for the Redskins in a long time. Allen was poison and had to go.

    Of course the owner, Dan Snyder, could still screw this up. He needs to find a talented GM and give him the reins. It would be a huge mistake to hire a head coach now and sort out the GM situation later–but that mistake appears to be Snyder’s plan.

  7. It’s a start, but the man ultimately responsible for this mess is still there. The odds are better that we’ll end up in this exact same spot years down the road with another cleaning of house and more assurances/platitudes from Snyder that he “just wants to win” or whatever.

  8. Let’s hope Snyder has finally decided to listen and does what is needed to restore the Redskins to prominence.

  9. The owner hopefully has learned some lessons over the years. Everyone presumed Allen was the problem but it’s just as likely, even more likely, that Snyder has been the problem all along and that Allen was merely his proxy.

    Snyder’s been behind his Allen shield for 10 years now (which is why it took so long to get rid of him). Now that the shield is down and people have a fresh look, will we see an improved owner? Or just more of the same?

  10. How Snyderesque of him to omit the token “We want to thank Bruce for his years of service and wish him well….”

  11. Would Joe Gibbs not be a really good person to hire in an official role? Even as a ‘title only’ person, just to bring some respect back to the team as it begins anew.

  12. Rivera must have some assurances, ironclad contractual assurances, about control because he’s too good and smart with too many other options to come here without those assurances.

    Hopefully this is a Kyle Shannahan-John Lynch situation (or to a lesser extend a Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock situation) where the head coach is the boss and the GM makes the roster work how the coach wants.

    The only way I could see Rivera taking this job is with an arrangement like that, where he has more power than a traditional coach, plus a contract length and salary that more than reflects it.

    Meanwhile negotiator and capologist Eric Scheaffer who’s already in house seems like an ideal fit for this kind of off-GM role.

  13. Snyder is already butting in saying he wants to switch the d to a 4-3. We’ll be seeing a similar article to this one three years from now.

  14. Fire Dan Snyder and maybe in about five years the Redskins will be back to being a team people around the NFL respect.
    Never liked Bruce or his dad George after the way he treated Sonny.
    They should have beat Miami in that super bowl and saved all of us from having to see those old guys every year when a team flirts with an undefeated season. That football was so different from today’s game that the current Bengals would wipe the floor with them.

  15. “broncoguy11 says:
    December 30, 2019 at 10:15 am
    Would Joe Gibbs not be a really good person to hire in an official role?”

    Joe Gibbs and anyone else with an ounce of class (see Darrell Green) ran and hid from Snyder a long time ago. No one has ever gone “back” to work for Snyder except for his racquetball buddy Vinny Cerrato. Once people see the dysfunction first hand they’ve seen enough.

  16. “hailtothenamechange says:
    December 30, 2019 at 10:18 am
    Rivera must have some assurances, ironclad contractual assurances, about control because he’s too good and smart with too many other options to come here without those assurances.

    Hopefully this is a Kyle Shannahan-John Lynch situation (or to a lesser extend a Jon Gruden-Mike Mayock situation) where the head coach is the boss and the GM makes the roster work how the coach wants.

    The only way I could see Rivera taking this job is with an arrangement like that, where he has more power than a traditional coach, plus a contract length and salary that more than reflects it.

    Meanwhile negotiator and capologist Eric Scheaffer who’s already in house seems like an ideal fit for this kind of off-GM role.

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    Probably the most intelligent comment in this thread.
    Which is shocking, considering the byline.

  17. I thought the same thing that maybe Trent will reconsider! Regardless, I’m so happy this finally happened. I was afraid they were going to keep him in a business role and he would continue to spray his poison on the football side.
    And yes, it is odd to hire an HC without a GM in place but I would expect that there must be some plan for that underway. Perhaps Urban Meyer as GM?

  18. bassplucker says:
    December 30, 2019 at 7:53 am
    The Skins are supposedly all in to land Ron Rivera. Rivera is the plum catch of the HCs on the market and it’s very possible his camp explicitly or implicitly let it be known there would be no deal in DC unless Allen was out of the picture. Not a Redskins fan but the league is better when they’re competitive and I hope these moves work out for them.

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    Middling Rivera is a “catch”? lmao

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