Redskins Week 13 Reality Checks: If Bruce Allen is out, a rebuild can begin
By Tim Payne
1. The Reality Is, the culture is …..
Allen has consistently insisted that the Redskins are “close”, that the culture in Redskins park is “damn good”, and that were it not for unforeseeable and unavoidable injuries, the Redskins would have been in consistent playoff contention during his tenure.
The truth is, the culture he has built in Ashburn has led to a mass exodus of staffers and even coaches in recent years…all or most in horizontal moves, indicating a desire to simply get out of there.
The culture he has built has been predicated on overpaying a few stars and underpaying a bunch of average players while ignoring the “fit” to his coaches’ schemes or any overall methodology. The culture he has built has been one of scapegoatism and low-road PR decisions, consistently throwing former employees, players, and coaches under the bus in an attempt to shift the blame for his consistent failure to build a winner.
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Even the inordinate amount of injuries sustained by the team in recent years has to be seen as predictable, given the amount of injury-prone and aging players he has chosen to sign and draft.
Ryan Kerrigan’s combination of professionalism, excellence, durability, and reputation stands in stark contrast to the majority of players he’s played with in Washington. Redskins fans should be proud of him…and feel sorry that he’s spent his whole career working for Allen.
The Redskins culture under Allen is as bad as there is in all of the NFL, and were it not for league revenue-sharing, would have resulted in catastrophic financial results to match the horrific on-field disappointments.