Report: Snyder using outside group to assist with football decisions

Ben Krimmel
December 27, 2019 - 3:14 pm

The Washington Redskins, the team who acted first in dismissing their head coach after five games of the 2019 NFL Season, are reportedly going to move fast when the season ends.

According to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer, changes could be coming to the football side of the organization as soon as Monday. And while the fate of team president Bruce Allen remains at the forefront of everyone's mind, there is very little known about what exactly owner Daniel Snyder will decide to do with Allen. Options range from firing Allen, reassigning him within the organization, or asking (or allowing) him to retire.

Breer reported Friday the Redskins owner has led the process over the past few months and has acted outside of the organizational structure for parts of this process. Breer noted Snyder has "by design" been keeping the majority of people in the organization in the dark on where it stands as he decides on what changes to make. 

His report indicated Snyder is "pretty far along" at the moment and former Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera could be the name to watch. ESPN's John Keim added on Twitter that it sounds like Snyder is "doing the coach search."

After the initial report, Breer took to Twitter to add, Snyder "assembled a small circle of football people earlier in the season to help him with Washington’s search process. None of those people work for the team."

That was followed up by a report from NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay which echoed the report in SI.

This latest news could indicate that Allen, the longtime main confidant of Snyder, is on the outside looking in.

Earlier on Friday, USA Today columnist Mike Jones reported Snyder is still considering scenarios in which his top confidant retains his position, pass on his footballing duties to other people, or be dismissed outright. Jones also said that, according to one "person familiar with Washington’s inner workings," Allen has "a good chance to keep his job."

Earlier in December, The Washington Post's Les Carpenter noted Allen and Snyder were not as close as they once were: “Bruce not being (in the postgame suite) is a big thing,” a person who knows Snyder’s and Allen’s habits told Carpenter. That person added it is a sign “Bruce is in exile.”

As ever with the Redskins under Snyder's stewardship, it seems anything and everything remains a possibility.

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