Alright, I'll take a few of these. If I leave some out, don't take it as a concession. I have crap I gotta do, lol.
Wait, I thought his consistent botching of "Kirk" was possibly the result of some sort of dialectical anomaly that could not be helped, something that linguists could potentially identify if they studied hard and long enough, lol! I guess when he suddenly got it right after the media firestorm, that nonsensical notion went down the crapper. And yes, mispronouncing your franchise QB's name time and time again - for YEARS - is indeed a sign of something that does not even remotely resemble competence when it comes to being a GM.
"Winning off the field."
Some fair points made on that one. But it was an easy bit of ammo that Bruce stupidly provided, and the quote should be considered in proper context. You have to remember the fan mentality at that presser. It was as low and down as it's ever been. I maintain that presser was one of the lowest points ever in franchise history. The comment was a gut punch during a presser in which zero change seemed to be on the way. Had he delivered that line the day SM was hired, maybe it would've been forgotten amidst the euphoria. My favorite line from the day was, "After that press conference, the Redskins are 4-13." It's like if someone jabs you in the gut with a trident accidentally and, while calling 9-1-1, says, "Hey, at least you've got good insurance." CONTEXT, baby. You don't say **** like that at a time like that. If you do, you're a moron.
Read more great comments from that day below. Bruce, as the supposed leader of the franchise, failed miserably to inspire anything resembling hope that day. And it's his inability to inspire period that, imo, makes him a constant liability when it comes to building a team. You're right - the "winning off the field" comment, taken in a totally different context, may not have inspired such derision. But you can't separate the context from that comment and speak accurately about its effect on the fans who heard it at the time.
Because Bruce was still the GM in the Shanny years. And btw, there's another example of someone who supposedly had "final say" in player personnel (Shanny), but often ... didn't. If you believe Shanny, he didn't want McNabb, but the trade was thrust upon him just the same.
In any case, Bruce was 28-52 when SM was hired. Let that sink in a minute.
It's not that black and white. I don't think Bruce immediately put shackles on SM right after the introductory press conference. I don't think he told Scot, "You're GM in name only, alikie. I'm running the shots here, you're DOING the shots." I think SM had much more free rein in that first year. And I don't think the sudden success is in any way a coincidence. For all Scot's flaws, he was able to foster something on that team that Bruce never could: more of a sense of family, of a team that was on the right path, of a team where your bosses had your backs. It's my belief those sorts of things translate into better chances of winning ... ON the field. I think Bruce started asserting himself more in 2016, and I grant that much of that was as much SM's fault as anyone else's. But I also don't think it's a coincidence that as soon as Bruce began reasserting himself, the nosedive began. And again, this points to ego. Instead of saying, "our setup is working, but Scot isn't. Let's find someone else to take over," his ego took control in an attempt to prove that his career record is somehow misleading, that he'll "get it right this time."
The data speaks for itself: Two seasons with SM as GM? Winning records. Allen returns? Back to losing.
But sure, if you really want to add the SM years to Allen's résumé, I will allow it. That brings his amazing record up to: 52-75-1, raising his winning percentage here from .364 to .406. Adding these two winning seasons, which I don't believe he earned, still doesn't help any arguments for Allen.
It all boils down to Allen's own words:
"Wins and losses is the most important statistic when it comes to equipment manager, a team president, a quarterback, a running back, a guard or a coach. Yeah." - Bruce Allen
How much more evidence does anyone need that this guy sucks at this job, lol. He's not "meh" at this job, he's TERRIBLE at it, both from a personality standpoint to a professional standpoint. You can throw out the fact that he couldn't get a deal done with the guy who should currently be our franchise QB, throw out the fact that he's been voted the least trusted executive in the league and named the second worst GM in the league by another poll, you can argue and nitpick and blather on all day about how he's been unfairly portrayed by the media, how he's been taken out of context, etc., etc., etc.
Only one response is needed: