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Redskins don't name a general manager—does it matter?

Redskins don't name a general manager—does it matter?

The Redskins changed some job titles at Redskins Park. But did things really change?

The biggest promotion went to Doug Williams. The Super Bowl XXII MVP as the Redskins quarterback and former personnel executive is now the Executive Vice President of Player Personnel. The job has a lot of the duties that were performed by fired general manager Scot McCloughan. Although the team gave a number of other members in the personnel new titles, none was given the GM title.

The absence of a general manager at Redskins Park isn’t just a matter of a title being vacant. It likely means that team president Bruce Allen will remain very much involved in the personnel department while also is working on getting a new stadium built for the team and other business matters.

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When asked about who has final say in the draft, in free agent signings, and in finalizing the 53-man roster, Allen used the same phrase he has used in the past, saying that it is a “Redskins decision.” Like all teams, they discuss the decisions as a group and try to come up with a consensus decision. Usually they can but when they are unable to agree, someone must step in and make the decision. It’s a good bet that the final call, when there isn’t a consensus, will remain with Allen.

Allen has been around the game a long time and he does have some personnel knowledge. But most successful NFL teams have a structure where the final call in personnel matters goes to someone who is working full-time scouting players and intimately familiar with the available talent pool. It’s impossible for Allen to negotiate a stadium deal, tend to other business matters, and be fully up to speed when it comes to who the best available player is when the Redskins are on the clock in the draft.

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We will see how it works out. Allen had final say in 2014 when the Redskins drafted three starters in OT Morgan Moses, C Spencer Long, and CB Bashaud Breeland, and OLB Trent Murphy, a key reserve. The early reviews on the draft this year, with Allen calling the shots, are positive but we won’t know for a few years.

Williams has experience in personnel and he should be a strong voice. Maybe the Redskins can make their unorthodox personnel structure work. But teams have had a general manager with final say in personnel for years for a reason. It’s because that’s what works.  

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

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Maryland Gov. Hogan wants new Redskins stadium, but won't use public money

As attendance slumps at FedEx Field this season it's become quite clear the Redskins need a new stadium. By all accounts the team is working hard towards that end. 

News emerged last week that the Redskins are working with the Trump administration and D.C. government officials to get back to the RFK Stadium site. It's far from a done deal, but there is some progress. 

Fans remember RFK fondly, as it was the site of the team's greatest seasons. Every Super Bowl team the Redskins ever fielded called the East Capitol Street stadium home. 

Since 1997, however, the Redskins have played at FedEx Field in Maryland, and it appears Governor Larry Hogan doesn't want to lose the team either. Speaking with reporters, Hogan revealed his plans to get a new stadium adjacent to the MGM National Harbor casino in Oxon Hill. 

The Washington Post reported that Hogan has begun the process of a potential "land swap" with the federal government. Maryland would surrender lands in the western portion of the state in return for the parcel of land next to the casino to develop a new Redskins stadium. 

Nothing is official, but conversations have been ongoing between the Hogan administration and the Department of the Interior. There is one important caveat, however, that Hogan wanted to make clear. 

"We are not going to build a billionaire’s stadium, either,” ­Hogan said. “We have no interest whatsoever, and there have been no discussions, ever, about us spending one penny in construction."

The Redskins' lease at FedEx Field runs through 2027, but sources have told NBC Sports Washington that if the team builds a new stadium in Prince Georges County, those terms could change. The Oxon Cove site would be in Prince Georges County. 

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

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As Redskins offense continues to struggle, Jay Gruden reveals 'the curse'

The Redskins average fewer than 20 points-per-game. The Redskins rank 27th in the NFL in yards-per-game. The stats are bad for the Washington offense, and watching the games, it makes sense. 

For a Jay Gruden team, it's odd that the Redskins can't move the ball. Even when Alex Smith was healthy at quarterback, the offense still struggled. 

Watching the games all season, the offense has often been ugly. On Wednesday, Gruden revealed what he believes to be the root cause for the problems. 

"The big thing is we have way, way too many negative runs. Negative runs have been the death, that and penalties, both of those two things have been the curse of this offense and that kills our drives, that kills our momentum, that kills our ability to call plays, keeping everything open in the playbook," Gruden said. 

The coach isn't wrong. 

The Redskins have 24 false start penalties in 13 games, 2nd in the NFL. The Redskins have 27 offensive holding penalties, the most in the NFL. 

Penalties have been a persistent problem all season, as have the negative runs. 

Using data from the NFL, the Redskins have 19 negative rushes when they run to the right. That's tied for the worst in the league. The Redskins have another 26 negative runs to the center or left of the offensive line. 

Teams can't win when they don't run the football, and the Redskins can't run the football with their current penalty problems and negative plays. 

"When you have second and 18, and third and 15, your playbook goes down," Gruden said. "When you're first and 10, second and six and third and two, everything is open and we haven’t had that luxury."

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