In no way did I intend to imply that I believe things are "slam dunk great".
Bruce Allen isn't perfect, nor is he without some mistakes on his resume. I do however believe him when he says that things have always been a group - or as he likes to call it, "Redskins" decision. Things have been a group decision since his arrival, were a group decision while Scot held the GM title, and remain a group decision after he was let go. I personally think that it was one of the primary reasons why Scot's relationship with Bruce became strained. I think Scot wanted final say when there was disagreements on a personnel/draft/free agency move and grew tired of having to approach those decisions democratically.
That is admittedly pure speculation on my part but more believable than other explanations ive heard floated out there, and more likely to me than it all being a result of his alcoholism (which may have played a partial role, I just dont think it was the main reason)
Now with that being said, I mainly made the post to defend the current FO structure simply because I feel that until it proves to be a "disaster", I feel Bruce has earned the benefit of the doubt. Again, I feel the organization has been better off since his arrival, and get aggravated by those who jump to the conclusion so quickly that we are "the same old Redskins" because I don't understand how people could honestly feel that way.
The hatred towards Dan Snyder and assumptions that we are still a dysfunctional, poorly run NFL franchise is largely disrespectful and short-sighted to the good things Bruce Allen has done. I hate that people get so caught up in negative press that it overshadows so many good things. We are one of the toughest pro-sport markets and because of that, bad news or speculation gets talked about way more and overshadows any of the positive moves/decisions that the Redskins and Bruce do make.
For instance, we finally get what we have been asking for as a fanbase for years with us building through the draft, not over-paying free agents, and instead developing our own talent...yet people slam the FO for not signing two WRs over the age of 30 y/o to big contracts and are more interested in criticizing their departure than talking about how nice it is that we had the foresight to draft a WR the year before to help mitigate them leaving, in addition to us being able to attract a young player like T.Pryor for an absolute bargain price. Him and Doctson have the potential to be just as good if not better than Desean and Pierre, and worst case the chances of them both not panning out are slim. We should at least come away with 1 great wideout from these moves, hopefully 2 that will give us much better return on investment due to age.
The old, dysfunctional Redskins that some think we still are would have had no plan in place for this situation or had a drafted player waiting in the wings. We would have drafted for need, taking a WR this year instead of BPA or grossly overpaid to keep them.
We now can watch Desean and Pierre get paid as their production and skills decline over the length of their respective contracts as we watch our players ascend and develop.
The old, dysfunctional Redskins also would have acted in reaction to the Giants success in free agency last offseason with how quickly it turned their defense around, and tried to do the same instead of sticking to the plan of building through the draft. Its great that we have shown integrity and stuck with a philosophy for once.
Another sign we are a much better organization is that players such as Zach Brown and even Pryor chose to join the Redskins without us having to over-pay. That has NEVER been the case for this team until now. Before we could only attract young players looking to cash out, with the majority of FA acquisitions being over-the-hill types that we would always find ourselves eating dead money for, often times long after they were released or retired.
Good players choosing to play for the Redskins over other teams and the stability of us extending our HC for the first time under Dan Snyder make it easy to see that we have turned the corner as a franchise, unfortunately the fanbase has a difficult time trusting what they are seeing and assume nothing has changed because of years of buying what the team is selling, only to be disappointed year after year.
So like I said, Bruce Allen hasnt been perfect but I see no reason to assume that this FO structure is doomed. I actually think its another positive that we promoted from within instead of bringing in an outsider. Thats how culture is strengthened in business, NFL franchises included. There is also the possibility that just like head coaches who have sole control typically fail, sharing GM duties amongst multiple smart football-minds could be an improvement over a single GM. It may improve accountability and reduce the chances of mistakes when multiple people have to sign off on a decision before action is taken.