January 23, 2019

MOBILE — Bruce Allen stood in the pocket and watched as the pass rush came, but like a veteran quarterback, he avoided the pressure and sidestepped the blitz. 

Speaking with reporters for the first time in a long time on Tuesday at the Senior Bowl, the embattled Redskins team president dutifully took every question thrown his way. 

Allen got asked about the low attendance figures at FedEx Field, and maneuvered his explanation into the injured Redskins squad that took the field Week 17.

Allen got asked about the #FireBruceAllen movement and deftly turned the conversation into a discussion on the passionate Redskins fan base. 

Allen did not provide much of an update on injured quarterback Alex Smith or any real contract talks with pending free agents Jamison Crowder, Preston Smith or Adrian Peterson. 

Allen did not provide much of an update on a new Redskins stadium, and there wasn't much information about additions or changes to the front office. 

Pressed why he was the right person to run the Redskins, Allen explained that his passion for the team puts him in the same line as the fans. 

He wants what they want. 

It's true, Allen loves the Redskins and has since he was a child and his father famously coached the team. That still doesn't explain why he deserves to run the team. There were questions about the front office structure and the coaching staff, but the answers were mostly endorsements of the status quo. 

 

It's also fair to point out that on many contractual matters, Allen might not be able to say much, or it might be wise for him to provide as little information as possible. 

Give Allen credit. 

He's quite good at talking without providing real insight into what he's thinking. That's not on accident, and it is a skill. 

In fact, many executives and coaches around the NFL deploy the same strategy. Coach-speak is famous for providing no information, and few GMs like to give their opposition the slightest clue about their next move. 

What amplifies the situation is the rarity upon which Allen speaks, particularly in group settings. 

Want some good news Redskins fans? Allen said he would talk again at the NFL Scouting Combine. 

That's about a month away — and maybe then, there will be more answers. 

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