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  1. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I thought this way until the last few days. Mike Jones came on the radio today and suggested anything could be on the table -- hinting Bruce could be in trouble, too. Russell has said the same thing and that's a departure for him. There seems to be some momentum -- more so than ever. Does that translate to something? I'm not sure. Cooley who admits is close to Bruce seem to at least in a small way admit that Bruce is a key problem relating to the Kirk contract. Maybe oddly its the Kirk contract in the off season coming to a head?
  2. The line about the Kirk contract widely viewed as a complete joke in the NFL is what worries me. How does Bruce save face? If you give into McCartney's demands than Bruce looks to the outside as the complete loser of the deal. So the easiest way to look like you were smart is to let Kirk go and try to look like you've "outsmarted" the process by the brilliant Plan B -- whatever it is. Cooley/Sheehan spent a lot of time on Bruce today. Cooley calls Bruce a friend and did it again today but the vibe he gave was that he admitted that Bruce is the problem on the Kirk contract. And for those who want to blame Dan for all of this. I am cool with that, I just don't think Bruce is simply just following Dan's lead. https://www.dchotread.com/2017/12/11/bruce-must-go Then, the McCloughan era took shape (after an embarassing press conference) and the Redskins rebounded in 2015 when finally, Allen and Dan Snyder were convinced that the Griffin era was dead. The move to Kirk Cousins was a rare breakaway where the football people won over the power people. The move worked better than anybody could have imagined and then Allen completely screwed up the Cousins negotiation to a point where two plus years later, the situation is widely viewed a complete joke by many in the NFL industry. You don’t need the details to know how badly the Redskins screwed this situation up from start to finish and A to Z. You already know that. That is an indisputable fact. The Redskins wound up paying (for now) $ 44 million in fully guaranteed funds for two years of Cousins instead of paying between $35-40 million in fully guaranteed dollars for five years of stability at quarterback. Now, they are faced with either starting over and having very little to show for their financial investment OR they can pay another $ 34+million dollars to continue this ridiculous charade again. Very smart, Bruce. Very smart. The worst part? This isn’t revisionist history. As you may recall, I was a proponent of the transition tag which would have locked Cousins in on a four or five-year deal at a more expensive price than the Redskins wanted to pay but at a fair market-value rate for the quarterback position, even with a short period of proven performance. Instead the Redskins insulted Cousins, gambled and lost badly. They didn’t win enough on the field, they lost badly off the field and now they are in a lose-lose-lose situation.
  3. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    https://www.dchotread.com/2017/12/11/bruce-must-go ..Here’s the bottom-line. Allen has represented the Redskins in a putrid manner. He was brought to Washington to restore the glory and tradition of a once-proud franchise. Instead, he’s made the burgundy and gold more of a joke. ...Most of the good things that Allen has done has been beneficial to the Redskins bringing in more revenue or saving money. Not because it was the right thing to do or the thing that made the most sense. Allen was also supposed to clean up the stench that he inherited. Instead he’s only made it worse. Allen was supposed to improve the image of Dan Snyder. Instead, all he’s managed to do is make himself the piñata many angry fans choose to attack. ...Mike Shanahan reportedly had final say over football operations, but nobody has full control of everything at Redskins Park. Shanahan had a good amount of say. He didn't have full control. Pressure and politics are an enormous dynamic at 21300 Redskin Park Drive. When Shanahan was released, Allen took over and began re-shaping the roster again which led to a short-term disaster on the field but bared fruit with some draft picks. The Redskins organization was able to draft valuable pieces like Morgan Moses, Bashaud Breeland, Spencer Long and others. However, they were (4-12) in Jay Gruden's first year but more importantly were a complete disaster as an organization. Then, the McCloughan era took shape (after an embarassing press conference) and the Redskins rebounded in 2015 when finally, Allen and Dan Snyder were convinced that the Griffin era was dead. The move to Kirk Cousins was a rare breakaway where the football people won over the power people. The move worked better than anybody could have imagined and then Allen completely screwed up the Cousins negotiation to a point where two plus years later, the situation is widely viewed a complete joke by many in the NFL industry. You don’t need the details to know how badly the Redskins screwed this situation up from start to finish and A to Z. You already know that. That is an indisputable fact. The Redskins wound up paying (for now) $ 44 million in fully guaranteed funds for two years of Cousins instead of paying between $35-40 million in fully guaranteed dollars for five years of stability at quarterback. Now, they are faced with either starting over and having very little to show for their financial investment OR they can pay another $ 34+million dollars to continue this ridiculous charade again. Very smart, Bruce. Very smart. The worst part? This isn’t revisionist history. As you may recall, I was a proponent of the transition tag which would have locked Cousins in on a four or five-year deal at a more expensive price than the Redskins wanted to pay but at a fair market-value rate for the quarterback position, even with a short period of proven performance. Instead the Redskins insulted Cousins, gambled and lost badly. They didn’t win enough on the field, they lost badly off the field and now they are in a lose-lose-lose situation. For a team that stresses “Winning off the Field’ – they have done plenty of losing in that regard too. Win or lose on the field the rest of the way, Bruce Allen doesn’t deserve the opportunity to keep driving the car off the road. Once is enough, six times is plenty. I’m done and the Redskins should be as well.
  4. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    Cooley going on this morning, watching the film, the TEs either block poorly or more likely don't bother blocking period because they don't like contact. I'm surprised about Niles Paul I thought he was supposed to be a tough guy who was a good blocker at least he was as a WR. He jokes about how the Redskins are allergic to drafting running backs with speed or any wiggle. They prefer guys that run upright who can't breakaway. He goes Vernon can't block at all and doesn't want to. This seems to be a good draft to take care of that fix. My quandary is the first round seems a prime opportunity to also get a fix for the defense stopping the run which is also a big problems guys like: Vea, R. Jones, D. Payne. Also guys like Q. Nelson, D. James might drop to our pick. So I'm not sure running back is the obvious way to go in round 1. Then round 2 who knows which players drops to BPA. I am a big BPA guy but I wonder at some point whether you force need a little. AKA the 2016 draft where we didn't hit the d line until the 5th round because the draft board didn't flow that way -- and it showed during the season.
  5. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    So we got two random radio guys from SD judging the Redskins based on what they saw on Sunday. From what they've observed on Sunday, the Redskins are a horrible team so they can't win so why bother with Kirk? No context about injuries or much about other games. To them the Redskins O line stinks. What they saw yesterday proves it. So if they are one of the worst teams in the NFL why bother paying Kirk? And apparently McVay was the brains of the Redskins and now that he's gone, Jay is a lost puppy. Ok the problem with their point is obvious. Yeah if my view of the Redskins was the SD game and that's just who the Redskins are -- a team that had the worst yards differential in a game for the franchise -- as to yards allowed and yards gained since 1978. Then, yeah the Redskins are a terrible team. But the premise of their point is a wildly off. But yeah if I ran with that premise. What we saw from the Redskins is their version of a typical game with them being at 100% strength. In that case, yeah start over. But we all know their premise is a mile off. As for Matt Stafford, yeah I am sure their fans are in a deep depression about him. I bet they long for the days where they can go shop for the next Joey Harrington and Scot Mitchell and Charlie Batch and Rodney Pete and Chuck Long and Drew Stanton and Don Orlosvky in the draft. I bet they were all fond memories and they are excited to try again. And sign themselves their Jon Kitna's and be back to being the laughing stock of the NFL.
  6. Redskins vs Cardinals Prediction Thread: MAYDAY MAYDAY MAYDAY!

    Redskins play angry on Sunday. I thought they'd lose to SD but I didn't think they'd get routed. Redskins 30. Cards 17.
  7. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    http://redskinswire.usatoday.com/2017/12/11/goodwill-may-have-finally-run-its-course-with-redskins-fans/ This offseason may be the first time fans actually make their displeasure known, however, and the organization will not be able to sell hope as they frequently do. The Redskins have to make sure this is not an offseason of gaffes. The proof is in the pudding and right now the taste is a starting to become bitter to the fanbase.
  8. 2018 Comprehensive NFL Draft Thread

    I haven't watched Fumagalli aside from one game. From what I've observed he seems to be a third round guy in some mocks I caught. I posed Matt Miller's thing about him below, from before the season. But yeah Cooley seems to have a good eye for prospects and I figure TEs in particular. He's been hammering for most of two years like a drum that the TE blocking on the team is atrocious. He thinks the idea that the O line is the issue with the running game is overstated. He thinks its mostly a combination of terrible TE blocking coupled with running backs who are Jags. I've watched Mark Andrews plenty but he seems more like another pass catcher than well rounded player -- likely going high in the draft at least judging by some of the early mocks, late first early 2nd. So maybe a guy like Fumagalli is the better bet. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2707035-2018-nfl-draft-big-board-matt-millers-way-too-early-initial-rankings Tight Ends TE Adam BrenemanSean Rayford/Associated Press Most NFL-Ready: Troy Fumagalli, Wisconsin Best Slot Tight End: DeAndre Goolsby, Florida Best Hands: Adam Breneman, UMass Best Route-Runner: Breneman Best Blocker: Fumagalli Biggest Question Mark: Dalton Schultz, Stanford Biggest Sleeper: Ben Johnson, Kansas
  9. Will Cousins Play For The Skins In 2018

    I agree. The quality of the defense is a major factor IMO. The Redskins are ranked dead last in points given up in the NFL. Last. Who isn't lighting up the Redskins defense? Instead of Kirk facing a litany of a who's who top defenses in the league just about every week let alone with a battered O line and no weapons and little running game (SD for example is the 2nd best in the league in points allowed) -- imagine Kirk playing against the Redskins defense every week with weapons or heck even without them? Night and day IMO.
  10. Did you finish the Chargers game???

    I don't just love the Redskins but love the NFL but I am still more of a Redskins fan so even following how intense and close the Eagles-Rams game was on twitter during the home stretch of the Redskins game, I still couldn't switch it off. I've never switched off a Redskins game regardless of the score. But I get those who did switch the channel -- yesterday, was a hard watch.
  11. A lot of this has been debated already so I won't go into it much here again. But I'll summarize it this way and the points aren't all directed to your argument but the overall point. 1. Matt Stafford and Derek Carr aren't the best QBs in the league. (No one puts them in Aaron Rodgers' category) Plenty say Kirk is at least in their league. FA is not some linear process for ANY position. You either play the game or you don't. For QBs every team as far as I can tell has played the game. Redskins are the exception. 2. To play off of point #1, I don't think Bruce-Doug are ahead of the curve in the NFL. I don't see them as outside the box geniuses who see things that others don't and soon we will all understand that. 3. Outside of Jay giving Kirk a big hug on live camera its been pretty clear what Jay thinks of Kirk. So not buying into Kirk looks like a FO thing -- which much of it is pointed to Bruce. 4. This isn't Seattle or the Vikings where we are breaking up a party. You got to build this team up and I don't think you are doing it in FA. That formula rarely works. It's about the draft.
  12. They do but it happens this way: 1. They don't have a franchise QB 2. They got a franchise guy but they are aging and soon have to move on or they are building depth. Not: 1. We got a franchise guy who is entering the prime of their career. but what the heck lets start over and play the draft lottery. I am not saying you are directly saying this but I see every now and then people on this thread (especially after a loss) say the people here who are crying foul about letting Kirk go are nervous about the draft for no reason. Hey just because the team has been a train wreck at playing the draft at QB -- doesn't mean it will happen again. And or heck this is what teams do shop for young guys in the draft. None of those things to me are even remotely on point. It's like getting advice back in my single days from a friend about yeah it isn't easy picking up a model at the bars but it happens, so should it stop you from trying? Well, yeah why not if you are single and got nothing to lose but you don't dump your girlfriend to do it -- unless you really don't dig your girlfriend. Otherwise it would be really odd. This scenario isn't normal. It's VERY odd. Unprecedented. Bizarro world. I like Seinfeld but its not my favorite show. Weird how the Kirk contract in its main forms in my book can be explained by so many themes of that show.
  13. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    OK I got it, thanks. For me thinking deeper on this, I don't know if the fan card is exactly how to play it. Am I giving up my fandom? Not at all. I am a fan to the bitter end. However, do I think this nonsense effects future generations who weren't solidified from the winning culture of the 80s/early90s -- from at least what I observed, I think so. The idea of buying less Redskins items - I think that happens via osmosis with most of us when the team is losing. Having said that, the fan card is a good gimmick that's noticeable. I think just in general Dan being flooded with correspondence is a good thing. From my small dose of being on the receiving end of correspondence -- the volume of it is remembered much more than any content.
  14. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I know some here are mixed on Jay and to each their own on the front. But IMO even if I wanted Jay out -- I wouldn't throw him into the mix. I think it dilutes the message and feels more like flailing at that point. IMO the message needs to be direct. If anyone wants a coach out, Dan has never been shy to oblige. So like I said even if I wanted Jay gone (and I don't want him gone), I wouldn't sweat about that since it will happen eventually. It's been Dan's ammo. What doesn't happen under Dan is a normal FO. Guys like Vinny and Bruce are the ones who seem to have a never-ending leash. That's the culture issue along with Dan's part of it.
  15. The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I'd 100% be all in. I've been in the political field for almost 30 years yet I hate politics. I am only bringing that up for this reason: politics seems to be operative drill in the FO and with Dan. It's what's dogged this organization IMO along with the culture. And you would have a hard time finding someone more cynical about politics than me. For example, I've never posted a word on any of the political threads on the board. I'd much rather talk sports. However, there are a few things left I believe in that I've seen firsthand work that might have an apples to apples application to this: #1. From my experience, people like Dan-Bruce are insulated to some degree from criticism and they like it that way. But if that criticism lands in their lap in an unusual way -- it can be a game changer. It's unsettling and noteworthy to them. So yeah in my opinion, if they got 500 letters whining about the FO structure and the direction of the team. I actually would put the odds as being good that it might actually work. It might just be temporarily but its a start. I know not everyone is all in on Kirk. But I planned to go after that issue in the same way in the off season. Generally, I typically think its odd for me or any fan to advocate for a personnel move. But IMO the Kirk contract runs deeper than a typical player move. The contract seems so clouded with dysfunction that to me its part of the overall soup here. That is, its a case in motion of the FO's ego-incompetence running rampant. And yeah IMO it might have some impact telling Dan that we are essentially on to the game before the organization does the typical melt down -- let me sell you new hope drill: let me bring you Baker Mayfield and our new head coach Bill Cowher. All is right now, isn't it? Vinny Cerrato's interview months back pretty much spells all of this out -- Dan can be impacted by fan unrest once he notices it. Other beat reporters or former beat guys (especially Russell) has spelled out the same. Edit: I just read that card a bit more closely. I am not into cleaning the house completely like that. More specifically, I am not on board with dumping the coaching. I also think even if you sweep the coaching into it, it sort of gives Bruce an out. Hey the frustration is just a general throw all the bums out. IMO it needs to be squarely on the FO. Dan's never been shy about dumping coaches. Dan's issue IMO is his yes men stay forever and he along with them foster a culture that isn't conducive to winning.