Bruce Allen's exit from Redskins only matter of time

Rick Snider
May 17, 2018 - 12:16 pm
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Redskins owner Dan Snyder has a new best friend – and it’s not team president Bruce Allen anymore.

The hiring of NFL executive Brian Lafemina as the team’s President of Business Operations and Chief Operating Officer means Allen is no longer the overlord of Ashburn.

Now Allen will issue his usual denials, but there is smoke here. Coupled with recent whispers of Allen rejoining the Oakland Raiders as they ready to move to Las Vegas, and the team's miserable record, the son of former Redskins coach George Allen looks like a short timer.

Snyder is reforming Redskins management once more. It happens every few years at most. While Allen has been a mentor of sorts to the younger Snyder, he's not above the pink slip line. Snyder once fired general manager Vinny Cerrato, and those two were as tight as brothers. Indeed, all of Snyder's original front office disappeared one by one.

So Allen is now staring at his next act and maybe that's what he wants. He bought a beach house in California last year and surely doesn't plan to make it an Airbnb. Allen has time for one big move before retiring, and returning to the Raiders, where he was a senior executive from 1996-2003, to help relocate the team to a new stadium in Las Vegas in 2020 is perfect timing.

Meanwhile, Snyder has hired a natural successor to Allen in Lafemina, who has extensive experience and can finish new stadium talks.

From a business standpoint, Allen has done well with the Redskins. He ended Snyder’s free agent spending sprees that netted mostly busts. Reuniting former players with the team after many years of separation under Snyder was a smart move. The team’s reported $3.25 billion worth is four times Snyder's 1999 purchase price. Allen was right when saying the team was winning off the field.

But fans don’t care about that. Washington’s miserable 52-75-1 record with two NFC East crowns and two first-round playoff losses since Allen’s arrival would have most front office execs fired long ago.

So just wait for some Friday at 5 p.m., when bad news is always delivered. Indeed, it's when Snyder fired many employees after buying the team. There will be a short press release wishing Allen well.

And most Redskins fans will rejoice.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks