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Sources: Redskins team president Bruce Allen will be out of running football ops by Monday

Sources: Redskins team president Bruce Allen will be out of running football ops by Monday

DALLAS — Redskins team president Bruce Allen will be out of running the team’s football operations by Monday, multiple sources with knowledge of the situation informed NBC Sports Washington.

A Redskins spokesperson was not immediately available for comment. The team is traveling to Dallas for its final game of the season.

This is a developing story as Allen’s role within the organization runs beyond just football and it’s unclear what other changes will happen but the immediate news is that after a decade in charge of the Redskins on the field Allen will no longer serve that role. 

In the 10 years since Allen was hired the Redskins have more than 100 losses and no playoff victories. 

The team has fired two head coaches - Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden - and has started more than 10 different quarterbacks. 

There have been plenty of ugly off-field situations as well, most notably the ouster of former general manager Scot McCloughan and the holdout of Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams following a health scare.

The Redskins are set to take on the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon with Bill Callahan installed as interim head coach. 

Win or lose, this will be the team’s worst season since 2014.

Fan frustration with Allen reached a boiling point this season as FedEx Field became a national punchline. While some diehards fans remain, countless tickets went unused or were taken by visiting fans. 

Multiple national news outlets ran stories about cheap ticket prices and how the Redskins “plummeted to rock bottom.”

Sources have told NBC Sports Washington earlier this week that team owner Dan Snyder has been working with a select group of football advisers to determine his next steps with the team and that Snyder wants to move quickly. Allen was not included in Snyder’s advisory board.

The Redskins have been connected with former NFL head coaches Ron Rivera and Marvin Lewis as well as current Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. Former college coach Urban Meyer has also been linked with the Redskins job, and that could be in an executive capacity, not just as a coach. 

CBS Sports also reported that Snyder has done "research" on former Texans GM Rick Smith and former Washington executive Louis Riddick, now an ESPN analyst. 

It's unclear what other changes could come to the Redskins front office. 

Allen's removal could lead to internal promotions for other employees or the addition of an outside hire. 

Regardless, for years it seemed that Allen would keep his position atop the Redskins football organization, but eventually, everything ends. 

Come Monday, at least the football operations part, ends for Allen. 

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Report: NFL teams must hold training camp at own facilities amid coronavirus pandemic

Report: NFL teams must hold training camp at own facilities amid coronavirus pandemic

If and when training camp begins as scheduled in late July, the Redskins will not be traveling to their usual camp location in Richmond.

The NFL has informed clubs on Tuesday that all training camps will be held at each team's respective facility due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

ESPN's Todd Archer was first to break the news, reporting that the Dallas Cowboys will not be headed to their typical training camp location in Oxnard, California.

Additionally, teams are not allowed to have joint practices during training camp in 2020, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Joint practices have been a common thing over the past few years, as the Redskins held a combined practice with the Jets in 2018 and the Texans in 2015.

Besides the Cowboys, the Panthers, Raiders and Chiefs are among the several NFL teams that hold their annual camp at an offsite location, too. A total of 10 different teams held training camp away from their facilities in 2019.

Washington has held its training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center in Richmond since 2013. Prior to that, the Redskins had hosted training camp at their Ashburn facilities from 2003-2012.

While the pandemic has prevented all in-person offseason activities, the NFL has yet to determine whether training camp and the regular season will begin as planned. Training camps across the league are expected to open in mid-to-late July.

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One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

One analyst gives a very dispiriting take on what the 2020 Redskins have at quarterback

No one will look at the Redskins' quarterback situation and call it superb or even settled, but with a slimmer and more experienced Dwayne Haskins positioned as starter and ex-Panthers signal caller Kyle Allen reuniting with his old staff as depth, fans can at least reasonably hope that things will work out under center in 2020.

NBC Sports analyst Josh Norris, though, doesn't envision a positive outcome for Washington's passers this year. During an interview on the Redskins Talk podcast, he explained why.

First, Norris gave his opinion on Allen. When the Burgundy and Gold initially acquired the former Carolina QB, some asserted that Allen would actually beat out Haskins for the top job. Norris, however, flat out doesn't believe Allen has that kind of talent.

"My lowest moment of 2019 was that two-month span where people tried to make Kyle Allen a starter in the NFL," Norris told Redskins Talk. "It was bogus. It was so ridiculous."

"I understand the production was there and he went on some starting streaks and they won some games," he continued. "But he's at best an NFL backup."

In the end, Norris compared Allen to Colt McCoy. Yes, most rosters need someone like McCoy — hell, he just left the area after a six-year run with the franchise and he's now a Giant, so he's clearly valued — but those kinds of guys aren't the ones coaches want running their offenses for more than a few quarters or so.

Now, here's the part where it gets dispiriting: While Norris doesn't think much of Allen — in addition to the McCoy comparison, Norris labeled Allen inaccurate and too susceptible to pocket pressure — he still expects him to start for team in 2020. That stems from Norris also doubting what Haskins will be able to do in his second season as a pro.

"We still don't know who he is," Norris said of the 2019 first-round pick.

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Yes, Haskins improved as a rookie in a situation that was largely a catastrophe, so it's not crazy to conclude he should continue to ascend now that the organization is more settled. Norris himself acknowledged the growth Haskins made.

However, even with that maturation, as well as Norris' positive feelings about Ron Rivera, Scott Turner and many other aspects of Washington's potential turnaround, the analyst still sees a glaring weakness that'll directly affect Haskins and could contribute to a less-than-stellar campaign for No. 7.

"What is possibly the most important part of quarterback success is offensive line play, and I think it's fair to question the Washington Redskins' offensive line right now, especially the left tackle spot," Norris said.

In the end, Norris anticipates Haskins having issues for a certain number of weeks, Allen stepping in after and the Redskins overall being unhappy with their collective output at QB. 

"We've seen NFL storylines repeat themselves," he said. "A [staff] goes to a new organization and brings a quarterback that may not be starting caliber but understands exactly what they want to do and he ultimately ends up starting a handful of games because of that, because they want to stabilize the situation as much as possible."

How stable does that really sound? The answer, of course, is not at all. 

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