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The infamous Black Monday started immediately for Washington Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder, who made an early announcement on Monday morning that team president Bruce Allen was out the door. With the hashtag #firebruceallen trending throughout the season, fans were relieved to wake up to this news.
2019 was one of the most tumultuous seasons in franchise history, starting with the firing of Coach Jay Gruden and culminating with a 3-13 record. Ultimately the writing was on the wall but based on Snyder’s ten-year commitment to Allen, there was no guarantee a firing would happen until it did.
“As this season concludes, Bruce Allen has been relieved of his duties as President of the Washington Redskins and is no longer with the organization,” said Snyder. “Like our passionate fan base, I recognize we have not lived up to the high standards set by great Redskins teams, coaches and players who have come before us.”
Allen’s tenure with the organization started in late 2009 as executive vice president and general manager, then he was promoted to president in 2014. Under his tenure, the Redskins went 62-97-1 with only two playoff appearances and no playoff victories.
As the team struggled this season, Allen stated in a press conference that the Redskins culture is “damn good.” It was clear in that moment that Allen wasn’t willing to take any accountability for how the team’s season was unfolding. Now, it seems Snyder has finally seen the light.
That also included letting go of head trainer Larry Hess after 17 years with the organization. His decision was likely a direct result of the Trent Williams saga that was another black eye on the year.
Snyder’s public statement regarding Allen came on the heels of rumors that former Carolina coach Ron Rivera is slated to become the Redskins’ new head coach as soon as this week. More personnel changes are expected in the coming days.
By all appearances, Snyder is ready to clean house which is exactly what the team needs if they want to turn the franchise around. The situation has become so dire that fans were almost non-existent at FedEx Field this season.
Based on Snyder’s actions, it appears that desperate times call for desperate measures. And sometimes that means a complete overhaul is necessary. If the rumors are true about Rivera, he may be exactly the right person to take the Redskins organization to the next level. Especially with the young talent that exists on the roster.