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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Scot McCloughan's arbitration hearing against Redskins set for this month McCloughan is looking to recoup the $2.8 million remaining on his contract when terminated ...the hearing process will include several of the individuals involved taking the stand for examination, with McCloughan contending that he should receive the entire remainder of the money owed him on his contract. Evidence about the availability and consumption of alcohol by other Redskin team personnel on club property is likely to come out at the hearing. The NFL has leaguewide policies against the consumption of alcohol at team headquarters. McCloughan's case includes evidence and testimony from the highest reaches of the club, including owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen. McCloughan contends that he did not drink on the job and very rarely drank at all, and that the team was well aware of his well-documented issues with alcohol at the time he was hired. It's possible Allen, coach Jay Gruden, and other team officials could be asked to testify during the hearing, which is being decided by arbitrator Peter Harvey.... https://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/scot-mccloughans-arbitration-hearing-against-redskins-set-for-this-month/
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    McCartney does come off as a perfect agent personality wise for Kirk or he's at least good at giving that vibe in interviews. They come off as the same type of guy. McCartney also has been a personnel guy so he can make his own deductions of the competence of a FO where Kirk might take his opinion on that seriously. I met Bruce for about 3 minutes so obviously not enough to gauge his personality. So I can just go on reports, and yeah a guy who some say brushes his teeth with Coors Lights and will cut people off the knees if he feels threatened, etc -- doesn't strike me as a good match with Kirk and McCartney. Keim in particular in the offseason has hinted that there isn't much love between McCartney and Bruce. Keim said today on Galdi's show that someone close to the action (not Kirk but it gave me the vibe its the agent) was annoyed by the Rapoport report. Keim has hit hard that Kirk's camp (again presume its McCartney) was very annoyed by the press release in the summer. That press release had a pretty direct dig at the agent. Albert Breer talked about it too months back about how from what he's gathered, it was very important for Bruce to look like the winner of the negotiation and that impeded compromise. Then you got Scot kicked out the door in a pretty ugly way. And McCartney and Scot were supposedly friendly. Whether Bruce is a good guy or not outside of football, I got no idea. In football terms, I think he's bad for the organization for the most part. But I agree with Monk's point above about the different personalities could be an issue. Evidence looks pretty overwhelming that it does. I think the franchise's future is on the line and it oddly just might be about our team president and Kirk's agent not liking each other. If so, what a wacky way for the organization to find their way back to the bottom.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Yeah respectfully you are misunderstanding. I was just addressing a defense that I see sometimes of Bruce that he's just a stooge for Dan and we don't know that he's really the problem because he could just be following orders. I get your point but I didn't say the converse that Bruce is a bad man. My argument was all football related in that post. You say it should all be about their competence. Agree. That was the theme of my post. I referred to the word "competence" 5 times in that post. I didn't take a single dig on them outside of football. So we are on the same page. I just hit up something I see from time to time (not that often) that Bruce might be fine but is corrupted by Dan. I didn't mean literally that Bruce is a good guy or bad guy as a person. I got no idea. We are talking purely football. Heck I've been critical of Dan, its not about who he is as a human being. It's about who he is as a football guy. That's all I care about in this type of conversation. Dan does a lot for charity. I've spent a lot of money and time on their Charity Foundation auctions. Good people involved in it. Jim Zorn comes off as one of the greatest human beings on earth. But I was critical of him as a coach. One had nothing to do with another. Back to this, I think both Bruce and Dan are problems for different reasons. And yeah IMO its all about competence.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I think that's the kicker to me with Bruce the lack of professionalism. I'd extend that to basic competence. The rest isn't directed at you. If people want to defend that he's misunderstood or a good man corrupted by Dan or the series of other defenses I see from time to time. I don't buy in part because I can't get over the fact that we've seen blatant incompetence and PR instincts that my 9 year old would understand are dumb. The winning off the field comment. The its his grandmother drill about Scot and then leaking the stuff about the drinking -- and then thinking he'd come out on top of that narrative? The press release about Kirk in July might have been the dumbest non-personnel move I've seen from any sports franchise. On the Kirk contract, we heard from Scot that Bruce disagreed with him about offering Kirk which was probably something like 12 million a year or so during the 2015 season (the figure is speculation but its lower clearly then market value after the end of 2015), then blew off Kirk's agent's 19.5 million offer in 2016. We talk about do we forgive Bruce if he locks in Kirk. I might because it would be such a surprise that out of sheer giddiness I'd be forgiving. But still -- Bruce's "instincts" either cost the team their franchise QB or cost them 2-3 players they could have retained because of all the money that have to pay now which they wouldn't have to otherwise. I think is was apt when Scot was asked on twitter to describe Bruce with one word and he said "politician". To me Bruce comes off like an incompetent politician and insulated from the public and surrounds himself with guys like Doug who kiss up to him. It doesn't convince me that Bruce is the guy just because he can follow Scot's notes in 2014 and 2017. Heck I can run the team's draft board if you give me Scot's notes. Ok our pick is up -- who is Scot's highest rated player left on the board? Montae Nicholson. Ok, call the pick in! I tweeted Scot months back that I saw the report that Swearinger was his top FA pick. And he liked the tweet. The 2018 off season will be the first Scot free one since 2013. Will see how it goes. But Bruce's incompetence comes through on some of the simplest things -- hard for me to imagine that its will work out better on the heavy lifting. If someone can't make Ramen noodles without screwing it up royally and comically -- tough for me to believe that the souffle wasn't mostly baked by the guy with a reputation for competence who left the recipe and ingredients. That guy is gone now. Bruce/Doug (Dan?) and whomever is coming up with the recipe and ingredients now.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I am a Premier league fan, LFC. Can you imagine that here? If it did happen, I think he's gone. Unless they are so deep in the stadium deal that Bruce's security is in place until that goes down. Yeah I do think if people flood Redskins Park with Bruce has to go, it ultimately happens. Chris Russell was talking about Bruce yesterday. In the past, he seemed to believe that Bruce was entrenched. Yesterday, he switched gears. He thinks he might be gone post 2018 season. His theory is Bruce is the dude leading the misfit negotiations with Kirk and is cool with letting him go -- when Kirk leaves and it blows up in the team's face, Bruce will be the legitimate fall guy for it and he would get canned then.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    At some point if fans get energized and organized -- like the letter campaign done here years ago aimed at Vinny. I took part in it then. It might have an impact. I know that would be aiming at Igor and not the bigger problem. But its a start. Consider the source himself: http://washington.cbslocal.com/2017/03/10/vinny-cerrato-dan-snyder-doesnt-answer-to-bruce-allen/ WASHINGTON — If the Redskins’ history, after their latest meltdown in Ashburn which resulted in General Manager Scot McCloughan’s firing, is any indicator of what’s to come, then team president Bruce Allen could be next to go, said former executive Vinny Cerrato. Cerrato should know, having previously served two terms as Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s right-hand man. “If getting rid of Bruce Allen takes away the negative publicity, it would not shock me,” Cerrato, the former vice president of football operations, said Friday during his show on Baltimore’s 105.7 The Fan, according to The Washington Post. “A lot of the reason why I got fired, there was a lot of negative stuff going on,” Cerrato added, also according to The Post, of his 2009 and final departure from the organization. Cerrato shared similar thoughts with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan on Friday. “I think, if it starts hitting you in the pocketbook, and fans start not wanting to go [renew] their season tickets and all that, because of Bruce Allen, and if it becomes easier to get rid of Bruce Allen; if the headache goes away if Bruce Allen goes away, I could see the owners eventually — if it becomes that big of an issue — I could see them separating themselves from Bruce Allen,” Cerrato told Dukes. “If his name wasn’t ‘Allen,’ it may have already occurred,” he said. Despite the current image, Allen and Snyder won’t forever be a package deal, Cerrato suggested, if the relationship between the organization and its fans sours to the point that Snyder again becomes the target of public scrutiny. “One thing is, Bruce Allen’s not an owner,” Cerrato observed. “Dan doesn’t answer to Bruce Allen. Bruce Allen answers to Dan, Dwight [Schar], Bob [Rothman], and Dan’s mom and sister. That’s who he answers to. You know, I was very close with the family and everything else. And if the media’s gonna go after Dan and everything, and getting Bruce out of there eliminates all that, I can see Bruce being gone eventually.” Asked how often public blowback is taken into account while weighing the future direction of the franchise, Cerrato wagered, “I think quite a bit. I mean, that’s your fan base. Those are the people that are buying the tickets and everything.” “And when people aren’t showing up, and people are cancelling tickets, they’re telling you something,” he said. “They’re giving you their opinion. If it’s that much, and [president of business operations] Dennis Greene can’t sell suites and all those things, then it becomes a big issue.”
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    It's funny how some in the media give him the props of hey at least the Redskins under Bruce don't overpay anymore for FAs. If you told me when Vinny was canned he would be replaced by a guy who would have an even worse losing record -- but at least the FA failings aren't as spectacular -- I wouldn't naturally say sign me up.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Now that Dan doesn't have to argue with Shanny or Scot, etc -- wonder if he will be more open with I presume his active role? I recall they weren't exactly hiding it when Dan was going to scout Malcolm Kelly, etc. Wondering when the Mayfield rumors start heating up -- poster child player for Dan. It sounded like Doug Williams had Bruce at hello when he said he didn't want the ultimate power/title. That means Bruce/Dan have final say with no interference. I get that we learned later that Scot didn't really have final say either. He made recommendations. But Scot had a strong personality which is probably what led him out the door. Doug (not that I trust his expertise anyway) seems like a go along to get along guy. Scott Campbell has a nebulous position with specific power that I can tell and he understands how to play the building politics. And Kyle Smith I gather is just happy to have his promotion for now let alone ruffle feathers to get his way. So its the perfect storm for Dan to play with his favorite toy without having to deal with annoying strong personality types telling him he's wrong. https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/redskins/daniel-snyder-washington-redskins-owner-still-struggles-to-find-formula-for-success/2014/01/04/5d86bfa4-74a4-11e3-bc6b-712d770c3715_story.html?utm_term=.0167dd4cbcd2 Prior to Shanahan, Snyder played a much more active role in the draft process, even traveling at times with his personnel officials to scout college players. In 2007, he had his heart set on drafting quarterback Brady Quinn out of Notre Dame. “It took a week or so to convince him that we shouldn’t do that,” one former staffer said. “Then he wanted Teddy Ginn,” an Ohio State wide receiver. Quinn has played for five teams in seven seasons, while Ginn has started just five games in the past four years. The next season, still in need of a wide receiver, the team targeted Oklahoma’s Malcolm Kelly in the second round, though the medical staff had major health concerns. When they took Michigan State wideout Devin Thomas 34th overall before nabbing Kelly 17 picks later, they passed on Jordy Nelson, whom several others in the football operation preferred, according to someone who was with the team at the time. Hobbled by knee problems for two seasons, Kelly was released in 2011 after posting just 28 receptions. In six seasons with the Green Bay Packers since going 36th overall in the draft, Nelson has 302 catches for 4,590 yards and 36 touchdowns. This season, Nelson had career highs with 85 receptions for 1,314 yards. “It’s hard to say that anyone can restrain him when he wants to do something,” said one former Snyder employee, who’d worked at Snyder Communications, of the Redskins owner. “You cannot stop impulsive people from doing what they want to do.” ...While Shanahan thanked the owner in his farewell news conference last week, those close to the situation said the coaching staff felt there were times Snyder’s interest in bringing in high-profile players, and the marketing value they bring, impacted the product Shanahan was able to put on the field. The biggest example was the acquisition of quarterback Donovan McNabb in 2010.
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    Paloffs is Now: 2007(merged)

    Next two games are the obvious tough ones. Dallas reeling from three loses in a row. I was checking around the Net and it looks based on what I've read, Sean Lee is unlikely to play. Puke fans have build this insane narrative that their whole defense rises and falls with Lee. Jerry Jones doing a motivational talk after Thursday's loss -- at the very least they will play desperate, all on the line. Chargers are hot of late and if Trent can't play and Moses isn't close to 100% -- SD pass rushers are monsters. Rivers is playing well. They get through these 2 games on the road, I like our chances a lot. Going through the schedules -- Atlanta and Seattle have a tough run of opponents. The one to maybe worry about is the Lions: they got three road games: Baltimore, Tampa, Cincy. And home games against the Bears and GB.
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    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I get plenty of beefs with the current front office structure and the players involved than just the Kirk contract. But if today's report from Rapoport is true (and considering the source that's a big If) that the FO is still unsure about Kirk and letting him leave in FA is a viable option to them -- it takes the cake for me. They still aren't sure? Wow. Hopefully, he's wrong. But considering my lack of faith in the FO decision makers I sadly consider a story like this as viable because it would be consistent to how they've played it thus far. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000881738/article/kirk-cousins-future-with-redskins-lies-in-play-down-stretch?campaign=Twitter_atn That story got my attention a little more than normal in part because I heard on the radio yesterday that Doug apparently is heavily scouting college QBs. Love Doug the player. But Doug the personnel guy doesn't even remotely ooze competence to me. I still can't get over Chris Russell in his attempt to defend the Williams choice in one segment months back was going on and on about yeah his sources have told him that Doug was a bit lazy and not the best evaluator but apparently this Spring his work ethic has been revitalized and he's now really into it. Well, that's great to hear from one of Doug's "advocates" that he is now really into it but wasn't before. I haven't really found anything relating to Doug as to judging QBs aside from reading an article about him touting himself that he prodded the Tampa Bay FO to draft Josh Freeman and he liked him over Sanchez. We got Doug basically saying Kirk isn't a top 10 QB (with his top 15 comment in the off season) and touting how good Sudfeld looked in practice. I suspect if there is a group still within the FO as to we can let Kirk go and we'd find another one -- Doug is part of that group and Bruce is the ring leader. If so, hopefully Dan listens to another great former QB instead, Joe Theismann who said recently Kirk is bordering top 5 let alone top 10. My hope on this front is that Kyle Smith is the defacto GM at least in terms of the draft. And Doug is just a figurehead. I think Doug was ponied out there in part because of all the bad press the team got about the Scot departure -- and they might have figured Doug would kill two birds with one stone -- win over the press and the fans. It didn't seem to win over the fans. But Doug is teflon with the press so that part sort of worked out. Even with those who tried to sell Doug last off season by talking about his part with the team. All i can recall hearing was that Doug was a cheerleader type who boosted morale. The Scot thing was a downer to some and Doug lifted spirits and get people to bounce back. I don't recall anything about how it was Doug that was behind this pick or that pick or this signing or that.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    I am well aware of it. I even listen to his Philly radio show from time to time. But usually local reporters aren't rabid-homer fans like that dude.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    That was Howard Eskin, same dude who said the Eagles were by a mile the best team in the NFC in 2016 after their hot start last season and said he can't see any team on the Eagles schedule who could beat them. Same guy who said its laughable that the Redskins would overtake the Eagles in 2015 and said the Redskins had no shot to beat the Eagles in that Saturday night game in 2015 in Philly. He has an ongoing love fest with the Eagles if they even sniff success and acts like the Redskins are the Cleveland Browns. It's been his act for years.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    Cooley isn't writing anything -- its just him spewing things on his radio show. My take on Cooley is he's around Redskins Park so he's exposed to gossip all day long. I don't think he ever makes anything up. But like most gossip -- some of it is dead on the money true, some is sort of true but embellished and some is wrong. But I don't think he's purposely trying to mislead anyone. For example, Cooley has given multiple examples of dysfunction with players in the secondary. Most of it was focused on Breeland, not Duke. John Keim kicked in saying he's heard for awhile about problems behind the scenes with Perry Fewell's unit. Maybe whatever gossip Cooley is being fed about it isn't 100% accurate -- but the idea that there are some behind the scenes issues doesn't seem far off.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    Cool interview I think from McConaughey talked about Kirk and this years Redskins http://www.richeisenshow.com/2016/12/16/academy-award-winning-actor-matthew-mcconaughey-talks-redskins-football-more-in-studio-121616/
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    do you have a source to Peppers guaranteeing a Packers win? Edit: found it: http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/NFL/2016/11/17/Green-Bay-Packers-Julius-Peppers-guarantees-Week-11-win-vs-Redskins/7021479403589/
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    The kicker is Dallas is at home this Sunday before the Thanksgiving game. So they are at home and rested. I recall last year the quirk was they played so many teams coming off of the bye.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    Agree. Del Rio is pretty obnoxious and chesty with the I can't wait to the see who the Redskins send me next. He's more or less saying in your face, Redskins. I look forward to the match up next year, I look forward to seeing that "stud" Perry Riley cover Jordan Reed.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    Del Rio trolling the Redskins here https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/dc-sports-bog/wp/2016/11/07/one-teams-trash-is-another-teams-treasure-raiders-benefiting-from-redskins-scraps/?postshare=1801478539560661&tid=ss_tw During the Raiders’ win over the Broncos on “Sunday Night Football” to improve to 7-2 for the first time since 2001, NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth talked about how happy Oakland Coach Jack Del Rio was to sign inside linebacker Perry Riley Jr. after the Redskins released him toward the end of training camp. Riley is one of two discarded Redskins making plays for the Silver and Black’s defense this season. [The Redskins once drafted Scot McCloughan’s father] “It was their one really glaring need, they needed veteran leadership, a guy that had been through the battles and Jack Del Rio was just so excited they got a chance to pick [Riley] up,” Collinsworth said. “[Cornerback] David Amerson came over, was cut by the Redskins as well. [Del Rio] said, ‘I can’t wait to see who they’re going to give me next year.’ ”
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    I didn't cue in on Preston Smith much but Andy Benoit who does film study for MMQ said he had a good game.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    I am hoping that's not a lasting overall conclusion that the Giants defense is stout, if so they likely run away with the division because last year they had one of the top offenses in the league but the team was brought down to earth by an awful defense. If this defense is now good with an offense that has more weapons than last year, I think they can easily win the division. Hoping the Giants weak LBs and arguably safeties keep their defense below average. But yeah if Elliot runs all over our defense next Sunday after the Giants shut the dude down, it might not be a good omen for our chances to win the division. Reporters who cover the team like to talk about the back half of the schedule but I think the first 3 games are more interesting from the stand point of this team's recent history and momentum. You got the Steelers who have owned this series for decades on Monday night where this team has struggled. Some naysayers say Kirk and this team can't beat up on bad teams but not good ones -- well here is a test of that. Then we got Dallas with all the hype of Dak-Elliot at home -- we've done better of late against Dallas on the road then at home. Then we got the Giants on the road and to say they've owned us in their stadium would be an understatement. The season IMO can quickly get off to a great start or conversely we go to the here we go again comedown after a previous good season. The pessimist in me would say. Lets take the NY Giants -- they can beat the Saints at home, then lets say they beat us. Lets say we start 1-2. Then we are already 2 games down. And going by recent history losing all three of the first games are in play. Can you imagine the reporters who cover this team's dire take of the season then -- it would be over for them considering they already think the last 9 games are a nightmare. Not saying it matters what reporters think but the coverage of the team becomes depressing to listen to fast. The optimist in me would say if they run 3-0 or 2-1 with this slate of games. Optimism would be abound. They would have either beaten both division rivals and or one of the best teams in the NFL.
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    Random "Thot" Thread (Stadium Edition)

    To me the two things that seem potentially worrisome about the Giants is their D line seems stout against the run -- 1. Hankins and Snacks up the middle are a tough tandem to run on. If Elliot is as good as he's hyped to be then the Giants run stuffing ability is worrisome because they shut him down. 2. Shepard, Cruz and Beckham seem to be a nice trio of weapons.
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    Scot McCloughan and the 2016 Offseason: Are we Right to be Concerned?

    I'd summarize the naysayers on this point as: A. How come the running game and D line hasn't been fixed? My general response to this is: 1. Some are assuming failure at these positions but lets see it play out before crying wolf. 2. I never expected for all weaknesses to be fixed overnight -- what is there maybe 3-5 teams in the league without a glaring weakness, if that? We will get there, give him another off season or two. It took about 3 in Seattle. B. Scot is supposed to be this genius but see point A above and look at this FA signing who failed and this draft pick. The dude isn't flawless or above reproach. My response: Scot has done well so far in the draft. Yeah he isn't the first GM in history to strike gold with EVERY pick. There have been studies on this posted in the draft thread -- if I recall on average it was 90% of 5th rounders aren't successes in this league, and we are giving him a hard time for Ioannidis starting on the practice squad? The IR guys aren't busts -- they are open ended questions. Look at Spaight. To some it looked like a missed pick last year, now you have some saying he was one of the top 5 players in camp. And we all know hardly any 7th rounders make it in this league. But to play along, if Scot fails with a 7th rounder but then succeeds with a Dunbar, or Lanier, or R. Kelly -- what's the difference? As for FA, Scot himself has said free agency isn't the way to build a team and it has many pitfalls. We can hit him on this guy and that guy -- but he's had some solid hits: M. Foster, D. Hopkins, Blackmon, Nsekhe, J. Francois -- and some guys looking good so far in training camp: Toler, V. Davis J. Norman, Z. Hood. But yeah Belichick had plenty of bombs among his successes, ditto R. Wolf, J. Schneider, B. Beathard -- name that GM. So I don't quite understand the harping on what Scot got wrong? He got some wrong, he will get things wrong I bet every off season. But so what? He's bringing a philosophy that some are debating which is: A. do we go BPA in the draft? B. Is FA a good fix for improving a position both in the short and long term? If the answers to question A. is No and for B. Yes. I think Scot will have some critics here because he's been very upfront on both of these questions and has been walking his talk.
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    The House that Bruce Built

    There doesn't seem to be the same enthusiasm-anger as there was that year when we organized the letter drive to oust Vinny. Personally, am more fired up now then I was back then. I am going to take my shot at a letter to Dan about Bruce and the lack of interest in Dan's tenure to put a serious (big reputation for [personnel) football mind in charge of personnel. Posted Today, 12:01 PM JsteelzHttr24-7 ‏@JsteelznSkins 3m3 minutes ago What happen today needs to continue. That noise is what Dan will listen to a force him to drop hammer on Bruce Washington Redskins Redskins Park 21300 Redskins Park Drive Ashburn, Virginia 20147 (703) 726-7000
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    The House that Bruce Built

    Don't worry I am sure this morning he will explain, all is good with the team. They feel bad for the fans but rest assured they are building a young nucleus here. It takes time to rebuild. But they have a plan. Scott Campbell is one of the best in the NFL at what he does. Jay Gruden is a young and hungry coach and we have faith in him. Jay knows who are the true Redskins and who aren't. That's how they will approach free agency and that's how they will approach the draft. We bring in more players who are hungry and committed to winning, true Redskins -- this team will find its way back to glory. And Bruce is absolutely confident it will happen. He's excited about the future, he feels bad for the fans but he wants the fan to know today that the team is on the right track and the best is yet to come.
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    The House that Bruce Built

    Both Cooley and Russell said today they think they will hire a VP of player personnel (like AJ Smith), guess will find out soon.