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.
MORE REDSKINS: BEST DRAFT PICKS SINCE 2000
- 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.
RELATED: LATEST NFL MOCK DRAFT 7.0
- 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.
NFL OWNERS MEETING: REDSKINS WILLING TO CHANGE DRAFT POSITION?
- 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.
Click here for the #RedskinsTalk on Apple Podcasts, here for Google Play or press play below. Don't forget to subscribe!