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Report: Bruce Allen's future with Redskins uncertain

Report: Bruce Allen's future with Redskins uncertain

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. 

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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Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Jay Gruden reportedly to join Jaguars as their offensive coordinator

Just four months shy of his last appearance on the NFL gridiron sidelines, Jay Gruden may already have his 2020 gig lined up, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.

Gruden was head coach of the Washington Redskins for six seasons, beginning in 2014 and going 35-49-1 in his burgundy and gold tenure. Gruden pushed the Redskins to their first postseason appearance since 2012 in his second year with the team, as well as back-to-back winning seasons in 2015 and 2016, not seen in Washington since 1996 and 1997. 

In March 2017, Gruden signed a two-year extension with the Redskins. He was fired after beginning the 2019 season 0-5. 

Recently, Gruden confirmed to Rapoport that he was "itching for something to do" and seeking employment before Jacksonville brought him in to interview for the OC role. 

After playing four years at the University of Louisville and and eight more in various football leagues, Gruden held many offensive roles, offensive coordinator for the Florida Tuskers and Cincinnati Bengals. 

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Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

Joe Gibbs told Ron Rivera that Dan Snyder was never 'an interference' while he coached the Redskins

New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera did plenty of research before accepting the job earlier this month.

Rivera spent 30-35 hours with Redskins owner Dan Snyder before agreeing to be the ninth head coach of the owner's tenure. Additionally, he reached out to legendary Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs, and ended up spending several hours talking with him prior to accepting the job. The two originally spoke on the phone, before the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera over to his home in Charlotte last month to discuss even further.

On Tuesday, Gibbs spoke on the Carol Maloney show, where he revealed some of the topics he spoke with Rivera about. One of those included the involvement of Snyder, who Gibbs spoke glowingly about.

"Where I felt like I could help the most was telling [Rivera] what it was like working with Dan," Gibbs said. "When I was there, Dan did every single thing he could do to help us win and was never, in any way, an interference. He was always trying to help in every single way he could."

Additionally, Gibbs raved about the Redskins fanbase. He explained to Rivera that fans in D.C. understand football, have been following the team forever, and are some of the most passionate in the sport.

"The other thing I could do, I felt like, was tell him about what it's like coaching in the greatest city in the world with the greatest fans in the world," Gibbs said. "I did tell him I thought it was the greatest job in the NFL."

Gibbs told Maloney that he hates making predictions, but had a strong one about the future of the Redskins fanbase.

"I think our fan base will come roaring back," Gibbs said. "I think [FedEx Field] will be full of Burgundy and Gold. They're going to be cheering their guts out."

When asked if he believed Rivera was the right man to lead the Redskins, Gibbs explained he was thrilled by the hire.

"He was certainly a great choice," Gibbs said. "[He was] Coach of the Year twice, put a team into the Super Bowl. And I think he's kind of a man's man. I think he can talk to the players. And I think he's proven that he can get the job done."

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