Redskins need to hire a general manager, Theismann says

Ben Krimmel
November 26, 2019 - 1:04 pm

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann refused to speculate about team president Bruce Allen's future with the organization but told The Sports Junkies the team needs a general manager in an interview on Tuesday.

"I have no... I can not speak for the owner," Theismann said when asked by The Junkies if owner Daniel Snyder would consider moving on from Allen this season.

"Dan will make whatever decision he feels is necessary," Theismann continued. "And people get mad at me when I say Dan is the Redskins No. 1 fan. He invested a ton of money, OK, in this thing. He is nowhere near satisfied with what he has seen. Jay (Gruden) went after five games, I don't know what decision he's going to make as far as management goes."

However, Theismann, after making reference to the firing of Gruden as head coach the day after the Redskins fell to 0-5 on the season, did seem to hint there could be more changes coming. 

"You have to assume that when you're 2-9, that you're in a situation where you have to make some kind of changes not just on the football team, but everywhere," Theismann told 106.7 The Fan. "So I don't know what he's gonna do. And I don't ask him, I stay out of that part of it."

When asked if he had any input or conversations with Snyder about the next head coach, Theismann said he does not and does not get involved. But he did make one unprompted suggestion about the front office.

“I think we need a general manager. I think we need a general manager in a position. That’s one thing we don’t have," Theismann said on 106.7 The Fan.

“When Scot (McCloughan) left, I think Bruce assumed those responsibilities, but he has others as well. And so to me, football operations is a coach and a GM. Those are two things that are essential,” he told The Junkies.

The Redskins fired McCloughan in March 2017 and did not hire a general manager to replace him in the time since. 

The GM duties have reportedly been filled by Allen and Senior VP of Player Personnel Doug Williams, who was named to his current position in the months after McCloughan's firing. As team president, Allen is reportedly in control of both the business-side and football-side of the organization and he has often been the target of criticism for his work in both departments

As far as coaching candidates, Theismann mentioned a pair of veteran head coaches by name, Mike McCarthy and Jack Del Rio, and several young offensive coordinators who became head coaches, Kyle Shanahan, Sean McVay, and Matt Lafleur, as two potential paths the Skins could go down.

Theismann added while he and the Washington owner have been close friends for a long time he honestly has no idea what direction Snyder wants to go in or what his decisions will be.

After defending Snyder against criticism from The Junkies' JP Flaim about avoiding the media, Theismann said, "Dan understands that the fans are not happy. That I know."

"I call it a tired fanbase. People are tired," Theismann said on The Fan. "They're worn out and there needs to be a rejuvenation. There needs to be a reason (to fill the stadium), Dwayne (Haskins), I think, was one of the things that everybody sort of wanted to see. Let's see how the young kid does. So it's a start. What happens after that? Like I said, we'll probably know in the next two, three months." 

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