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  1. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Look at history of Redskins attendance: 2006. 87,600. Rank 1st 2007. 88,000. Rank 1st 2008. 88,000. Rank 1st 2009. 84,800. Rank 2nd 2010. 83,200. Rank 2nd 2011. 77,000. Rank 4th 2012. 79,650. Rank 3rd 2013. 77,200. Rank 4th 2014. 78,000. Rank 5th 2015. 76,000. Rank 6th 2016. 78,800. Rank 3rd 2017. 75,200. Rank 6th 2018. 61,000. Rank 27th Redskins were once the Crown Jewel of the NFL before years of incompetence eroded the fan interest. The rookie year of RG3 in 2012 gave a temporary boost before the drama over RG3 vs Shanahan together with the realization that RG3 was fools gold due to his one fluke great year based on Kyle Shanhan’s Pistol Offense, caused the fall down to 6th place. The emergence of Cousins as a bona fide franchise quarterback plus the hiring of Scot McCloughan increased the fan’s excitement that the team may FINALLY be running like a professional organization only to once again have the rug pulled out from under them with the handling of McCloughan and Cousin’s contract. The League sees this. The once Crown Jewel flagship team with the most devoted fans in the NFL reduced to the level of Cincinnati...from 1st to 27th in the league....and I bet they are not pleased. Another year like 2018 could be enough for them to step in. I believe they already attempted to help steer the team back to it’s former glory by possibly suggesting that Snyder hire LaFemina who was fired after only 10 months. I think Snyder has checked out after 20 years of dealing with losing and Bruce Allen saw his opportunity of a lifetime....to have complete unfettered power like an owner without ever having the means to ever buy a team. EVERYTHING goes thru Bruce Allen now. He controls EVERYTHING and is only answerable to Dan Snyder. There is not one other person in the NFL with this much control. He pride himself last year at organizing the team but what he really did was organize it in such a way that he solidified his power. So now you have an insecure man who is not very knowledgeable about the game...has no talent in finding players....has no clue at how to build a team or winning culture....who presides over the team like a little Emperor while the real owner is reduced to showing his displeasure then running off to his $100 million yacht. For real change to occur...Bruce Allen has to be fired. One good year will solidify his power even more. Making the playoff with a 9-7 record will appease Snyder and give the weakest minded fans this false hope before the wheels come off again and the team falls back to it’s real place. If you are someone content to have a playoff berth once every 3-5 years then this is your team. If you are like me and yearn to go back to the years when we were in the hunt for Championships every year like during the 1980’s under Jack Kent Cooke, Bobby Beathard and Joe Gibbs, then you need to want Bruce Allen fired also. I would rather build for sustain success like the Patriots than be like the Falcons or any other team that gets to the big game once in a blue moon. The only way I see real change coming is to drop those attendance figure even lower by boycotting the games to force either Snyder or the League to fix the problem by either strongly suggesting Snyder get rid of Bruce Allen or to vote to kick Snyder out of the Cartel by spinning their reason more towards something safer like the reluctance of the owner to change the racist team name.
  2. Rob Ryan. Excellent hire! Now I am getting excited! Rob Ryan usually lasts for about a year in a job. His last job was at Buffalo coaching under his brother which was a disaster of epic proportions. Then no coaching past two years. I love it because now you have two strong personalities in Rob Ryan and Ray Horton who were once DC themselves and consider HC material at one time on board. If you can’t see the potential train wreck coming then you are blind as a bat. Having two strong personality coaches that were not hired by the DC and asked to work as position coaches under a weak DC like Manusky is going to be a drama on steroids. Think Hue Jackson and Todd Haley at the Browns last year. The screaming and undermining that led to both being fired mid-season is being set up. The defense is going to have to carry the team because the offense will be not only be lacking a franchise quarterback but will be either dependent on Colt who gets injured a lot or someone else who needs to learn the offense. No continuity nor talent on that side of the ball. So the defense will be under incredible pressure to perform because they will need to salvage the season to save jobs such as Jay’s...Bruce’s...Tony Wylie’s....etc. I can picture massive ego clashes and drama coming when heated arguments ensue over the direction, schemes or whatever if the defense doesn’t perform at a top 10 level with each of the above mentioned coaches just recently hired angling to take Manusky’s job. Rob Ryan is an in-your-face kind of coach and not popular on coaching staffs. I have watch games with Ray Horton and he is similar but not quite as volatile. There is a reason why they bounce around and were not coaching the past year or two. Bruce can’t get a decent coach to come to the Redskins so he goes after once well known has beens to elicit some excitement among the fans by creating a All-Star coaching staff. But once again Bruce shows his ineptitude because what he is doin is akin to creating a Disco Era All-Star Band in 2019. Won’t work and for THAT I am excited and praise the move because the hope is growing by the day
  3. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Richardson was forced to sell the Panthers last year over sexual harassment claims. Same thing almost happened with McNair of the Houston Texans. So it can happen if the national heat becomes too intense and the revenues get threatened. It is all about money. Jerry Jones owns the most profitable franchise so he is safe regardless of any personal scandals. But when the League sees the 3rd most profitable Redskins fall off a cliff like what happened last year, there is that chance because now it’s about revenues. The TV negotiations will be coming up soon and the league is already dealing with declining fan interest issues which they blamed on the National Anthem protests but in reality the millennial generation is not as interested in sports like the previous generation due to a wide spectrum of entertainment choices. The League is scared and have been the past several years. Therefore they will act more severely than in the past like in the days of Al Davis. They have to protect the Shield and the status quo at all costs. When you add in the precipitous drop in attendance in Redskins games in 2018 from 3rd highest to 27th place....then see the fan revolt coupled with the Redskins not doing or being able to improve for 2019 which could very well see those attendance numbers drop even more....the League is going to see a problem and a threat to their revenues that they share. You can’t have a team that was consistently ranked third in attendance with a reputation of having extremely loyal fans that made Washington one of the premier markets come tumbling down due to dysfunctional management and cavalier arrogance. The League will tolerate personal scandals as long it isn’t damaging like sexual harassment which came to the forefront due to Harvey Weinstein which forced them to act or become a national target....but they can’t tolerate damage to their revenues. The League knows Dan and Bruce are inept and a laughing stock. Another year like this year of even greater decline in attendance at games plus a losing record with Elizabeth Warren bringing back the issue of the Redskins racist team name and Dan’s stubbornness to keep it at all costs could very well lead to the League stepping in and forcing change first then voting to have the team sold at auction. I believe LaFemina was sent to try to salvage the business side of the Redskins due to the declining revenues and now that he has been fired, I believe the League is at the tipping point of dealing with this ‘bad’ partner in their Cartel.
  4. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    FYI... NFL owners CAN force a fellow owner to sell their team if they deem that the owner of a team is harming the reputation or integrity of the game by their actions. If the Redskins continue down this slippery slope of fan revolt...empty stadium....plus the renewed interest in getting rid of the Redskin name they could be deemed harmful to the game then owners can vote and force the team to be put up for auction. You want Snyder out....then you need to do your part by boycotting the games. If you don’t do your part then you become part of the problem and subject all area fans to continued dysfunctional mediocrity. One thing that stands out if true is Snyder’s skipping the owners meetings which will make him already an outcast. If his personality and image are as bad as reported then I can see a glimmer of hope in all this. Do your part. Don’t get sucked in again with empty promises. Twenty years is enough.
  5. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I hope fans can now see how Tony Wylie operates. He has Bruce’s back because it is Bruce who hired him in 2010 and promoted him to “Senior Vice President”. So he knows how to play the media. Plant innuendo, rumors, slanders to sports journalist desperate for something to report and watching those tidbits of news take off like wildfire. Look at this Kyle Smith episode. Like Scot before him, the fans are beginning to clamour for his promotion to GM and to get Bruce fired. And like Scot before him....stories start leaking from anonymous sources which is Tony Wylie to undermine Kyle Smith to sully his reputation so that the calls for his promotion will dissipate. The reason why it is Tony Wylie behind all this is because it is his job. Just go back and remember how he followed RG3 around to monitor his interviews after a game then cut it off when he thought that was enough . Or how about his “No...Means.. No” when he cut off Colt’s interview after a game. This guy is like a sinister shadow watching every piece of information getting out. Does anyone really think there are loose cannon employees feeding information with a guy like Wylie around? All anonymous information leaking has got to be Wylie and no one else. As Kyle gets more experience and better at his job he will not be content working under the current authority structure of Bruce and Doug being ahead of him and will likely leave at some point and go on to be successful somewhere else. Bruce wants to maintain the status quo at all costs and will step in to remove any obstacle to his power by utilizing his loyal henchman...Tony Wylie. That is why the whole FO needs to go in order to bring in real change. Bruce has too much power and will do everything to keep it. There is a window of opportunity for change but that will require fans to boycott the games and stay away. Because the attendance has dropped precipitously last year from the Redskins having 3rd best figures down to 27th in the league.....the fans must continue to boycott and bring it down even more and force Snyder to make major changes. If not that...then I can see the League forcing Snyder to change since they operate as a Cartel and the other owners have a say because it can jeopardize the next TV negotiations. Please....boycott the games this Fall. Let it be so bad that Snyder or the League steps in and force Bruce and his cronies out. Then there will be some hope.
  6. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Washington Redskin game attendance facts: 2018.....27th in league....61,000 average 2017....6th in league....75,000 average 2016...3rd in league....78,000 average. 2012....RG3 rookie year....3rd in league....79,650 average. Make any case you want but my logic sees the loss of Kirk Cousins as being the final straw to break the back of the fans. We all saw during that debacle how inept and petty the FO was and the losing of a franchise quarterback caused fans to give up. We won’t be able to match the Chargers 32,000 average because they play in a soccer stadium but lets see if we can get his below 50,000 to send a huge message to Snyder that we won’t take it anymore. Boycott the games next year. Please. as a side note....the 61,000 average last year doesn’t take into account that a vast majority of seats were occupied by fans of visiting teams.
  7. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    “Recent information...” Tony Wylie up to his dirty tricks again. You have to hold this guy accountable also. Bruce and Tony need to go. Anytime you see ‘anonymous sources’ think Tony Wylie. This is what he is hired for and given one of those bogus ‘Senior Vice President’ titles. Just a guy willing to sell his soul to do the dirty work SMH
  8. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    ‘Hey B, you think I play this s— to go to Pro Bowls? Get it together. Get your head up. We’re trying to win rings. That’s what it is here.’ quote from Tom Brady to Brandon Spikes who was upset about not being chosen for Pro Bowl in 2012 THAT is what is missing here. When your GM/President of Football operations justifies a poor season by saying things like just 2 games from playoffs or blames it on injuries or says that the team is close....that is all losers talk. Trying to embellish or justify a losing season shows a person who does not have the ‘passion’. Passion is wanting to win so badly that you are disgusted, angry and so down that you cant get over the pain of losing that you do anything to get better. You see this in Brady. Michael Jordan. Kobe Bryant. Vince Lombardi. This pain hangs on you forever and acts as the motivation to get better. Remember this the the next time Bruce talks about passion for winning while seen partying at an owners meeting or the Super Bowl. He just doesnt have the right stuff to be a winner regardless on how he spins the results and the only hope is for the results to be so bad that Dan comes to his senses and finds a person who has real, sincere passion to win and who also knows how to lay out a plan to get there. Boycott the games, training camp and refrain from buying any Redskins souvenirs for the next year. Please
  9. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    The one main question we all have to ask ourselves is this....do the Redskins have the right people in charge for long term success? I don’t think so. I can see the Redskins squeaking into the playoffs with a 9-7 or 10-6 record someday which will have Champaign bottles popping everywhere in Redskins Park. But then the following year they fall back to 5-11 again. They just don’t have the culture like the Patriots, Steelers, Seahawks, or New Orleans who seem to be in the hunt every year. Redskins are not built like those teams nor will they be until they find the right GM/President who actually knows what he is doing and Dan does what Jimmy Hallam was told to do....go away for 2 years and don’t even come to the games.
  10. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    For an owner who spares no expense on his $100 million yacht....or jet...or house....he sure is cheap when it comes to the training facility called Redskins Park which was built years before he bought the whole package. The current Redskins Park was one of the premier facilities when originally built by Jack Kent Cooke and it was his second to build in less than 20 years. Dan got it as a package when he bought the team and stadium for $800 million and has done little to improve it. They had to be the last team to build an indoor practice field and even then they went cheap with the inflatable bubble that actually collapsed under the heavy snow in 2016. Even their outdoor fields are built on a floodplain and once were under water when the creek next to it flooded. SMH. I drive by this dump almost every day and see an ugly tool shed with equipment spread out next to the street.....a parking lot that is in desperate need of re-paving....window shades that look broken and pulled half way up at an angle.....weeds and tall grass everywhere....etc. This place is an embarrassment and actually lowers the value of the neighborhood IMO. First time I went to training camp at Redskins Park I was shocked that a major league team facility could look so run down and that had to be well over ten years ago. All this talk about passion and wanting to win is just empty words because actions speak louder. Owners main responbility it to spend money to give the team the best managers, coaches, players and facility in order to win. Dan doesn’t do that and then speaks about passion and wanting to win. There is nothing I can see that shows that he cares enough to do what is required. Dan is the polar opposite of Jack Kent Cooke and I cringe every time I think about John Kent Cooke being unable to buy the team from his fathers estate leaving us with this wannabe imposter. With John Kent Cooke in charge I feel strongly that we could have been infinitely more successful instead of in this hopeless position we are now.
  11. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    I am not fooled by this management anymore when it comes to FA or the draft. There is no player out there that is good enough to turn this around that the Redskins have a chance at getting. The Chiefs aren’t letting Mahomes go. No decent free agent would dare come here except to get paid and Redskins are cap strapped and can’t even be a major player. Drafting in mid 1st round won’t bring in an impact player plus I can’t even trust that they can identify an impact player even if it ran them over in a tank. Then the issue with injuries. Jordan Reed might have talent but he is hurt every year and basically just a part time player. You can’t build around him nor depend on him because he misses too much time. Seems the same with many other players like Thompson, Williams, Jamison...etc... They should have noticed this and traded some of these guys when their value was sky high yet they didn’t even have the vision to get something out of Kirk Cousins before he fled the asylum. Gregg Williams used to say one of the criteria in keeping players is availability. Don’t get fooled again. Nothing that happens this offseason is going to change the results a year from now. The Redskins can’t even win the offseason anymore. This ship is dead in the water. But it can be salvaged. Dan would have to man up and do something that appears impossible. First....he needs to build a world-class facility like the Viking just moved into last Spring which cost Wilf $1 billion. Build it and they may come because they will see the commitment plus it will give off the vibes of a first class operation. Dan should have done this years ago. Their facility is a joke and any talk about passion for winning is nonsense every time I drive past Redskin Park. It’s a joke when something that important gets neglected and then Dan goes off and buys himself expensive toys. He is showing is real priorities. Me first, team second. Second...Dan has too wake up and see Bruce for what he really is which is incompetent and a laughing stock among the league. I can’t believe the amount of faith he puts into Bruce who hasn’t produce anything ever. Someone needs to do an exorcism on Dan if that is what it takes. Third....Fill the football side with experienced football people. Do what Jacksonville did with Tom Coughlin. Find someone who may not want to coach but has extensive knowledge of the NFL who is well-respected among the coaching fraternity who can bring the people. I thought Bruce Arians would have been perfect for that. Then also find that guy that has a talent for finding talented players.....they next Bobby Beathard....to be GM. Doug is not the guy. He is here because he once won a Super Bowl with the Redskins and therefore another icon from the past to hopefully appease the fan base. Fourth....they need to humble themselves and realize that without the fans they are nothing. While they can ignore the fans now because of the TV revenues they will soon be hit with reality when the negotiations begin with less interest in the NFL than the past. With less TV revenues some day....plus concussion lawsuits....plus entering a new culture that is shifting away from traditional sports....revenues are going down which makes fans in seats more important than ever. The $ 3 billion franchise value has peaked and will someday begin declining and Dan’s House of Cards could very well come tumbling down.
  12. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    If Bruce really had passion for the Redskins then he would be working around the clock....sleeping in his office....trying to build a winning culture by example....hiring people better than him and trusting them to do their jobs.....doing everything he possibly can to achieve the one goal of all teams...to win Championships. In other words he would be a team player and understand and acknowledge his weaknesses and compensate by giving charge of those areas to the best people he can find all in the best interest of the team because he has ‘passion’ and wants to do everything in his power to win. Instead...we see a man who is insecure mainly due to incompetence so he hoards power and influence out of fear of losing his lofty status. He hires weak subordinates who are no threat to his job and who themselves are weak and will do whatever is necessary to keep their jobs. So Bruce rewards these weak underlings with Senior Vice President titles and job security as long as it benefits himself. Bruce using the word ‘passion’ is just an empty phrase to spew out occasionally to the media as a way to hide behind failure. I really believe Bruce is in this position because he loves and craves the position of power and the lifestyle that comes with it. The League Meetings...the Combine...the Senior Bowl....etc...which gives him the opportunity to drink and party like an aged frat boy who never grew up. No one wanted Bruce for years after Tampa Bay and no one will hire him again after his Redskins gig. He knows this so like all politicians his ‘passion’ is really for himself and staying in power for as long as he can. For that I blame that imbecile, Dan Snyder, who like the Emperor with no clothes is so gullible that he can’t even see nor understand that he is parading around buck naked while Bruce runs his team to the ground. This is beyond sad. This is beyond frustration. This has become so bad that we are entering the stage of open arm revolt. All you ‘diehard’ fans who cannot see what is happening and continue to support, rationalize, or condone such dysfunctional management....I don’t feel sorry for you...I am actually angry with you since you prevent real change from ever happening by continuing to support this management by going to games and buying merchandise. Our hope is that next year the stadium will be empty...that fans will stop buying jerseys....that DC, Maryland and Virginia will be smart enough to not build Dan a stadium until Dan proves that he is competent enough to run a major league team........that people will stop caring enough to send shock waves to Redskins Park that will cause the upheaval necessary to turn this around for good otherwise the NFL will be dead in the Nations Capital. My 2 cents.
  13. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    “We are working tirelessly at Redskins Park to win” Hahahahaha.... Weren’t nobody there last night after 5:00pm except maybe the janitors. There were two or three office lights on but no cars. 9-5....punch out and head home.
  14. It appears that Bruce is not content with being just President of Football Operations and President of Business Operations....but also wants to be de-facto GM AND de facto head coach. The guy hires the coaches and tells Jay who to play so is acting like a Head Coach. Yet what he really probably does all day is sit around drinking and schmoozing. Kinda of reminds me of those dictators that like to wear fancy uniforms covered with medals. What is next? Maybe a power grab to become a part owner?
  15. XtremeFan55

    The Bruce Allen/GM Thread

    Maybe a break-in to steal Bruce’s secret plan to restore the Redskins back to glory? Or better yet....to post on the web so everyone can see how bad it really is after seeing the one page plan drawn with crayons....