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Bruce Allen has the Redskins counting wins, counting picks and counting cash

Bruce Allen has the Redskins counting wins, counting picks and counting cash

The NFL mandates that Jay Gruden talk to the media, frequently.

He's the head coach of the the Redskins, and in turn, is forced to press conferences and media availabilities with much regularity. 

On the other hand, Washington team president Bruce Allen doesn't talk much with the media. At all.

When he does, Redskins fans should listen, closely.

Below are three of Allen's most important points from a long-ranging interview with NBC Sports Washington.


  • Counting when and wins - Allen made clear what he liked most about new Redskins QB Alex Smith: winning football games. "The first thing you like about Alex is his record. There are three quarterbacks who have won 50 games in the last five years," Allen said. And he's right. Smith, along with Tom Brady and Russell Wilson, are the passers that have won 50 games in the last 10 years.

    It's hard to completely credit a quarterback with a team win. But it's also hard to discredit a quarterback with a team win either. Smith played on a good team in Kansas City, but he also played well. Later in the interview, Allen made clear he wanted more wins out of Kirk Cousins, the Redskins now former QB.

    Asked how he would remember the Cousins era, Allen said it was good the team won the NFC East in 2015, but wanted more wins in 2016 and 2017. There was no mention of Cousins throwing for more than 4,000 yards for three straight seasons, or breaking numerous team passing records.


  • Counting picks, coming and going - It's no accident the Redskins are letting their own free agents walk. Asked about the 2014 draft class, where the first five picks all developed into solid players for Washington but only Morgan Moses remains with the team, Allen explained that the Redskins look forward to getting compensatory picks in return. More picks, more chances at more good players. That's how Allen saw the situation anyway.

    Some could argue that a team would want to hang on to good, homegrown players, but for the Redskins, it seems like the additional draft picks have as much value, or maybe more. Remember, players on rookie contracts are incredibly affordable for NFL teams, and that leads right into the next, and arguably most important, takeaway. 


  • Counting cash - The Redskins are either being frugal, or patient, so far in free agency (for more on this takeaway, check out the video above).

    The team has plenty of space left under the salary cap, and has looked interested in defensive line help. Washington has brought in a number of free agent defensive linemen, though nobody has signed. Allen explained that the Redskins have set values for every free agent on their board and that the team will not go over that value.

    For many, the values seem to be missing the mark, or are simply just too low. Allen said the team likes to remain flexible should a surprise occur later in the offseason, typically a player getting unexpectedly cut. That might work, but it also might not, and if it doesn't the 'Skins' philosophy of keeping cash on hand might not be worth a whole lot. 

Listen to the full Bruce Allen interview below, and determine things for yourself. 

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

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Report: Trent Williams' dogs killed neighbor's dog

Trent Williams is defending his dogs after neighbors of a home registered to him in Missouri City, Texas say the Redskins' lineman's dogs brutally killed their dog.

The neighbor's dog, Sandy, according to reports, died after being mauled and dragged under an iron fence on their own property. 

According to Williams, the attack began after Sandy instigated conflict with one of Williams' smaller pets. Williams felt his dogs did nothing wrong and said the animals were defending the smaller dog, who is fighting for its life after $5,000 in medical bills. 

Williams told FOX 26 Houston that the situation was "dogs doing what dogs do."

In comments to local television stations, Sandy's owner's described how they found their dog.

"I found my dog halfway ripped apart, head and one leg on the other side of the fence, two of those stakes ripped through the body and one leg just dangling," said Jerry Flowers.

"They drug her head through the fence," Linda Flowers said. "Half of her body was through the wrought iron fence."

Animal control and local police are no longer investigating the incident according to ABC 13. Williams was not cited for the incident.

Williams is on the non-football injury list for the Washington Redskins after ending his holdout halfway through the season. 


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Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

Once the Redskins Ironman, Ryan Kerrigan moved to injured reserve

The Redskins moved outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan to the injured reserve after he injured his calf last week against Green Bay. He will miss the remainder of the season. 

Kerrigan had started every game for Washington since 2011 until just three weeks ago, one of the most impressive streaks in the NFL at 139 straight starts. 

He missed the Panthers game due to a concussion, was able to come back from the Packers game and then hurt his calf. 

After three straight seasons with double-digit sacks, Kerrigan’s numbers were down this year. He will finish the season with just 5.5 sacks after posting 37 over the last few years. 

Dexter Manley holds the Redskins franchise record with 91 sacks. After bringing down Aaron Rodgers last week in Green Bay before his injury, Kerrigan got to 90 sacks. 

If he comes back healthy in 2020, Kerrigan would look prime to break the franchise record. He will be in the last year of his contract, however, and will account for nearly $12 million against the salary cap.

Should Washington release Kerrigan, which was once unthinkable, it would carry no salary cap hit. 

To replace Kerrigan on the active roster the Redskins signed Caleb Wilson from the Cardinals practice squad.