The Washington Redskins have added a new face to their front office.
It has been a belief that current Washington Redskins president Bruce Allen is being slowly phased out of his role in the team’s front office. Eric Schaffer and Kyle Smith have been garnering more and more say in what goes on, and today, perhaps another nail has been hammered into Allen’s coffin with the Washington Redskins. Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, the team has hired Brian LaFemina as their president of business operations and their chief operating officer.
LaFemina was previously employed by the NFL as the senior vice president of club business development. He joins the Washington Redskins following an eight-year stint with the league. A well-respected executive, the Washington Redskins are excited to bring him aboard, and no one seems more excited than Dan Snyder, per J.P. Finlay of NBCS Mid-Atlantic.
The acquisition of Lafemina may seem small, but this move could be another way of nudging Bruce Allen out the door. Allen is still the president of the team, but his role will surely be limited in some regard with the arrival of Lafemina.
Allen has always been more hands-on with the Washington Redskins players, and that should not change. Snyder said in his statement that Bruce Allen will remain working alongside LaFemina, in some capacity. But with changes already coming in the front office, and with personnel executives like Doug Williams, Kyle Smith, and Eric Schaffer all taking on increased roles, it’s fair to wonder if Allen could be in his twilight years with the Washington Redskins. He denied a rumor that he was considering joining the Raiders after the NFL Draft. But soon, he may not have a role to uphold here.
The hope is likely that the hiring of LaFemina improves the front office’s credibility and boosts its reputation. Lafemina has amassed a positive reputation over the years, and with any luck, he can help continue the stabilization process that has been very evident this offseason.