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Need to Know: Did Allen say he’d give up his control of Redskins football operations?

Jan 6, 2015, 5:02 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, January 6, 63 days before NFL free agency starts

Three and out—

1. After DeMarcus Lawrence sacked Matthew Stafford to clinch the Cowboys’ playoff win over the Lions, a number of people on Twitter remembered that Dallas had acquired the pick that they used to take Lawrence in a trade with the Redskins. Washington swapped places in the second round with the Cowboys, moving back from 34th to 47th, and getting Dallas’ third-round pick (78th). Of course, these people were outraged that the Cowboys’ hero had come from a pick originally owned by the Redskins.

2. I don’t think that Redskins fans would have been too happy if Washington had taken Lawrence with the 34th pick. Due to an injury, he played in only six games and posted eight tackles and zero sacks. I think that the “bust” word would be getting thrown around a lot.

3. Time will tell. Call me in a couple of years and we can see how Lawrence is doing and how Trent Murphy, who had 22 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 13 games, and guard Spencer Long, the two players picked with the Cowboys’ two selections, are doing It may well turn out that the Redskins got the short end of the stick but we won’t know until, say, after the 2016 season.

Out: The media peppered Bruce Allen with questions at his news conference last Wednesday. There was question that went unasked that, in light of talk of A. J. Smith or Scot McCloughan coming on board at Redskins Park, is important. Nobody asked if Allen might give up his final say over personnel decisions if he and Dan Snyder thought that it would help the team win. He was not asked directly but he hinted that he might be willing to step aside from his GM duties. “I don’t mean to be repetitive, but if we can find a winning formula that’s going to help this team win on the football field, we’ll absolutely do it, and that includes me,” he said in answer to a question on if there was a possibility that someone could be brought in to oversee football operations. That’s not definitive but it does leave the door open. So, stay tuned.


—It’s been 9 days since the Redskins played a game. It will be about 249 days until they play another one

Days until: NFL free agency starts 63; 2015 NFL Draft 114

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  1. gasngo14 - Jan 6, 2015 at 6:47 AM

    Rich he needs to step down! Dan needs to make his LAST BIG off season SPLASH by throwing his wallet at Scot McCloughan and allow him to put the people on and off the field in place.

    • kenlinkins - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      Just be sure to lock up the liquor cabinet if you hire Scot McCloughan. I hope he has his problem under control and behind him.

  2. murphsman - Jan 6, 2015 at 7:20 AM

    Who is Scot McCloughan?

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 6, 2015 at 7:46 AM

      Link to the news story at the bottom of this post.

      In there, link to in-depth story from ESPN.

  3. murphsman - Jan 6, 2015 at 7:44 AM

    For that matter, what does Allen do exactly besides avoid the press? Lol

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 6, 2015 at 7:48 AM

      He has final say on all personnel decisions. So, yeah, that’s a pretty big job.

  4. manilarizzo - Jan 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

    Rich, signs seemed to be pointing towards AJ and then the Scot M news comes out of the blue (to some like me)…what are your thoughts here? Is this a reaction to perhaps an AJ hesitation or is this Bruce’s counter to Danny’s chess move with AJ? I don’t know more than the ESPN article provides, which is a nice read, but he sure seems like the preferred guy at this stage, all things considered. And as a follow up, any insights on who is DC choice would be? Can’t imagine Gruden is allowed to make the call with new personnel man in.

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 6, 2015 at 8:34 AM

      Sounds like you’ve overthinking this. Just looking at multiple candidates to see who is the best fit. They might end up not hiring either.

      It’s understandable you should think that way, since the Redskins usually have a job filled before the opening occurs. But it does appear that they are sorting through some options.

      > > >

      • manilarizzo - Jan 6, 2015 at 8:43 AM

        My job is to overthink but yea. You’re right. Hopefully anxious. If God can’t help us fans I sure hope Bruce and Danny see the light here.

  5. skinsgame - Jan 6, 2015 at 8:39 AM

    Bill Polian talks fell apart with Buffalo. If they’re really interviewing potential GM’s, he should be be on the list now. Also, inexplicably, no one has snatched up the super steal, Morroco Brown (sarc).

    • manilarizzo - Jan 6, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Didn’t Bill resign with ESPN?

  6. gurnblanstonreturns - Jan 6, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    Scot McCloughan or any other qualified candidate would be an absolute fool to take anything other than the GM job with full authority over the front office, scouting, the draft, free agency, roster decisions and retaining/firing/hiring of all coaches, including Gruden. Any job title short of full GM might as well be Assistant to Mr. Allen for Deckchairs.

  7. mr.moneylover - Jan 6, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    I wouldnt be surprise if dan let scot walk…or who say scot want to come help this joke of a organization…they let talented players walk out the door I expect the same thing wit scot…wade as DC and scot as GM thats a winning formula but it still gonna take a year or to two to see progress because redskins got to many holes

  8. kenlinkins - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Rich: IMO The Redskins need to get back to basics. From blocking and tackling at the player level to setting up a more basic NFL set up in the front office. This hybrid form of having a President / GM with a another guy in S.D. helping out under the radar (and maybe adding someone else to hold the title GM but not really be the GM) and some form on Player Personnel department without a true leader to a Head Coach / QB coach seems to have created a system that lack true accountability. Not only do the Redskins have way too many holes in their roster, they have way too many holes in the so called system used to fill those holes. IMO this shows a real lack of leadership. For some reason the Redskins Upper Management team is unwilling to assign tasks tied to job title and hold those people accountable for the results (an unwillingness to empower others for fear of having picked the wrong person and having those results land at their own feet). The owner started the process by hiring Allen / Shanahan and getting out of the way, but for some reason Allen will not get with the program. HINT to GM / President Allen: Pick the job you are best at (GM or President) and hire someone else to do the other, then demand results, quit half stepping and get this team moving again! Just remember, When in Charge Be in charge!

  9. dcsportsfan2277 - Jan 6, 2015 at 10:50 AM

    Whatever the cost the Redskins badly need a GM who is hungry, understands advanced metrics and has worked under someone very good. The entire scouting department needs to be looked at hard and replacements brought in. THAT is what the Danny has yet to learn and until he does nothing will change.

    I hope BA will step aside from personnel decisions as he sure sucks at it. Go back to figuring caps and salaries and put a proper GM in place and let him work.

  10. polofourme - Jan 6, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    If Allen even hinted at that, WAS fans should jump all over that and demand he do just that…its ridiculous to have Allen in charge of anything but the lemon aid stand he runs during TC in Richmond. If there is a worse judge of personnel in the entire NFL I don’t know anyone who comes as close to that title as Allen. IF Allen was even marginally concerned about the team, he would immediately resign as GM and move out of the way so the team could start a search for his immediate replacement. And I don’t mean Smith either. Allen alluded to the fact we live in a digital age in his press conference raising the idea that a GM, Smith, could easily operate as a GM from the West Coast or Hawaii because of modern technologies…that’s how far Allen is out of touch with reality. If he wont go on his own accord, he should be shown the door…OK keep him as the official team mascot…but he needs to get out of the way when it concerns the Redskins roster and front office. But IMO that will NEVER happen. There is a reason why he is where he is…and that’s because Snyder absolutely needs a weak GM that he can control and Allen fits that job to a, “T”….call him Vinny II….and unless Snyder suddenly has a sudden stroke of genius or change of mind, that’s never going to happen…don’t get me wrong, we could hire a GM?…but he will be beholden to Snyder and nothing will change.

    • gasngo14 - Jan 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

      Looks as if Dan has made a great choice if we do indeed land Scot McCloughan, HTTR!

      • polofourme - Jan 7, 2015 at 10:29 AM

        If they can reach a deal….nothing is done yet and McCloughan comes with some baggage of his own…he was not out of the NFL because he was in such demand. He has his own demons to deal with, apparently he has an alcohol problem. I am NOT big on second chances, especially in such a high profile position and super uber pressure job that the best we can do is a guy like SM….however, he does boast some credentials but I would also like to see them interview Polian and I would like to see them interview Morocco Brown from CLE if they will let him interview. Just once I would like to see this team bring in someone with clean hands…but if its a choice between Allen and McC…then of course I would take SM…but why not interview other candidates? What is the rush if they are truly dedicated to hiring a real GM?

  11. gasngo14 - Jan 6, 2015 at 3:09 PM

    So Rich is it confirmed, do we have Scot….? if so WHAT A GREAT NEW YEAR! Archives

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