As the Redskins struggle to the end of a lost 2019 season team owner Dan Snyder might finally consider firing team president Bruce Allen, according to Mike Garafalo of NFL Network.
From @gmfb: For the first time, sources say #Redskins owner Dan Snyder is truly evaluating team president Bruce Allen’s status with the team. Something to watch as we draw closer to the end of a disappointing season. pic.twitter.com/IvKM2PPN5M— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 30, 2019
Allen has been in charge of the Redskins since 2009. In that time the team has zero playoff wins, a record almost 40 games below .500 and has suffered through a seemingly endless series of embarrassments. The latest has been the holdout of Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams and his lost trust with the front office.
Sources close to the team confirmed the Garafalo report to NBC Sports Washington and added that never in Allen’s tenure in Washington has his grip seemed less firm over the organization. Further, league sources believe that Allen’s involvement in football operations is hurting the team's bottom line.
One source explained that the Redskins could actually see a bump in ticket sales should the team remove Allen. Fan vitriol towards the team president has been fierce for a few seasons and it’s constantly visible on social media with the #FireBruceAllen hashtag. That was trending on Twitter as recently as last week.
Of course it’s important to point out that Allen has ridden out rough storms before and maintained his position with the team. He’s hired and fired Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan not to mention the fiasco of bringing in Brian Lafemina to run the team's business operations before he was fired less than a year later.
Through it all, Allen has survived. Even cemented his own power along the way.
It would be naive to think that Allen is definitely gone. If the Redskins string together a strong finish to the 2019 season, particularly with three NFC East games remaining to close out the year, Allen could point to real progress with rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and say that interim head coach Bill Callahan has the team on the right track.
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