Redskins: A brief history of why Bruce Allen should be on the hot seat

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ASHBURN, VA – JANUARY 04: Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen speaks during a press conference on the dismissal of Head Coach Jim Zorn at Redskins Park January 4, 2010 in Ashburn, Virginia. During the press conference Allen said, ‘Last place 2 years in a row is not Redskin football.’ (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Bruce Allen has had a spotty history as the GM of the Washington Redskins. He could be on the hot seat soon without marked improvement.

Towards the end of the 2017 regular season, speculation began to arise as to how safe Jay Gruden’s job was as head coach of the Redskins. While Gruden appears to be in the clear moving forward into 2018, one has to wonder how safe the Redskins senior management is, specifically team President and General Manager Bruce Allen.

Bruce Allen acted as General Manager from December 2009 until January 2015 when the team hired Scot McCloughan. During that time Allen split GM responsibilities with Head Coach Mike Shanahan. Allen was in charge of all contracts and signings while Shanahan had final say on the final 53. Following the firing of Scot McCloughan in March of 2017, Allen absorbed GM responsibilities for the second time.

Allen is now once again in charge of personnel moves including the NFL Draft, free agency, and contract extensions. While many GMs miss on signings or draft picks over the years, Allen’s record across these three responsibilities during his two tenures as GM is spotty at best.

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