On a day in which the removal of Bruce Allen from the Redskins has dominated the news, the Redskins have also reportedly let go of head athletic trainer Larry Hess, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported.
Redskins have fired head trainer Larry Hess, source tells me. He had been with the team 17 years.— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) December 30, 2019
Hess, who held the position in Washington for the last 17 seasons, may not be on the same level as Allen, but the decision to not have him return marks another notable move by the Redskins on Monday.
While Hess has been a stable face in his position for almost two decades, Washington has had a well-documented struggle with injuries and the health of players. From the saga with Robert Griffin III to the recent problems with Trent Williams in which the left tackle explained that the staff's inability to properly diagnose a cancerous growth on his head left him unable to trust the franchise, Washington has had its fair share of medical dilemmas.
That, in addition to the constant influx of injuries that the Redskins experience game-to-game and season-to-season have made the training staff look less than ideal. As the head athletic trainer, Hess shoulders some of that blame.
But now, as Washington looks to be ready to make some big changes, it seems as if addressing the problems on the training staff is becoming a bigger priority. That decision supports the notion that the Redskins are working to fix the culture within the franchise.
Though the removal of Bruce Allen is the biggest example, replacing Hess should not be overlooked. As Finlay mentioned on the latest Redskins Talk Podcast, determining what to do with Hess is an important decision when looking at what direction the Redskins will go in the future.
"You're legitimately hitting a reset button on your organization," Finlay said on the latest Redskins Talk Podcast when discussing the firing of Hess. "And to me, recognizing how broken some things were, and how not close anything was."
"Bruce and Larry Hess had to go, period," Finlay added. "If you're going to change your culture, starts there. Period, period."
On day one of the offseason, the Redskins have checked both of those boxes. There's still a long way to go, but the groundwork toward building a legitimate "damn good culture" involved parting ways with Larry Hess.
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