Redskins: The Bruce Allen era is over in Washington, but what’s next?
The Washington Redskins wasted no time in moving forward with their proceedings.
It was reported over the weekend that former Panthers coach Ron Rivera was the No. 1 choice for Dan Snyder, and that the Redskins owner was willing to make a godfather-type offer to Rivera. This would give him full control of roster choices and and the final say on draft night. NBCS’s Julie Donaldson was first on the scene to report that Rivera was expected to be the guy for Washington as well as the first to report the power Rivera would have.
Rivera is now signed as the team’s next head coach, with a five-year deal to commemorate the partnership. He’s chosen former head coach Jack Del Rio as his defensive coordinator, while the position of offensive coordinator would be most likely come down to if Kevin O’Connell wanted to remain in D.C. to coach under Rivera. All signs point to O’Connell returning, but he obviously gets the final say. Rookie Dwayne Haskins made his opinion on O’Connell returning in D.C. perfectly clear in Monday’s locker room clean out (It’s rumored that O’Connell will be retained, but nothing is official yet).
While the turnover inside Redskins Park is refreshing, there is some level of uncertainty that comes with this entire overhaul. Washington is yet again choosing coach over general manager, similar to when the team forced Jay Gruden onto Scot McCloughan back in 2015. Washington is choosing to hire its head coach before its general manager. It isn’t common for a GM to come into a new job and not get to hand pick his guy, but then again, when do the Redskins do things the right way?
There has been some speculation regarding current Panthers GM and Washington native Marty Hurney possibly being let go by the Panthers a little bit later into the offseason. Washington could just be waiting to reunite the Carolina duo here in D.C. It would make sense as to why they decided to go this route: get the available guy and hope the second piece comes along.
There are also numerous people within the Redskins front office currently that could be given the general manager position as the re-shuffling of the organization gets underway. Should Hurney never become available, this could be the way Washington goes about their decision.
No matter which direction the Redskins go this offseason, it is a step in the right direction. Things have been bad for so long, major change was needed for Washington, and now they have a great opportunity to revamp the culture around Ashburn and begin building a winning program. the process is far from over, but with the way they are starting, there is hope for the future.