JUNKIES: Who might join the Redskins front office in 2020?

Ben Krimmel
December 20, 2019 - 3:00 pm

With the 2019 season all over with the Washington Redskins stuck at 3-11, there is the only question that matters: Who will be in charge of the cleanup?

There is the possibility team president Bruce Allen retains his position, is reassigned by owner Daniel Snyder, or retires. If the latter two options happen there could be a shakeup. It is unlikely Doug Williams, who is currently the senior VP of player personnel, is elevated, which means a lot of people are in the mix. Senior VP of football operations Eric Schaffer the most likely internal candidate and Kyle Smith, director of college scouting, is also high-profile football face within the organization.

Other possible candidates who could join the team's decision-making apparatus: Quarterback Alex Smith, who spent Sunday's game in Snyder's box with Urban Meyer, and former Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall.

Hall, who was seen at Redskins practice this week with Allen, made his interest in joining the team's front office known recently and told NBC Sports Washington, "I've always wanted to be a part of this front office and help make the Redskins a dominant team again." 

NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay told The Sports Junkies former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley could also be a candidate.

So what does all this mean for the 2020 season?

Finaly said Friday it is hard not to read into the reports of the relationship between Allen and Snyder worsening in recent weeks because there has been a "stark difference" to how things were in the past.

"The two of them were almost always together," Finlay said on The Fan. "When Dan was (at practice) it almost always seemed like Bruce was right next to him and I would say, since October that hasn't been the case."

Finlay added the two went into the locker room together before Washington played in Green Bay and said "it's not like they're not speaking, but their relationship just seems very, very different than what it was even the beginning of the season, in training camp. I don't know what that means, but I don't think it means nothing."

And that is how things will be for the time being: Will Allen remain a member of the organization and be able to influence football decisions or not? Indications are there is smoke, but no fire. And fire may not even be that big of an issue for the wily, longtime team president to navigate.

"Is there some smoke? Certainly. But this dude's also a firefighter. You never know. Bruce Allen has dodged so many bullets with the organization, embarrassing situations, the record is what it is. The record is so bad that you almost don't need to point to anything else for a (reason as to) 'Why could this happen?' But it's never happened in 10 years. So don't believe it until it's all the way official," Finlay told The Junks.

And then there is the other great unknown surrounding the franchise: the head coaching situation, which has been the center of much debate this week. Nailing that hire is crucial, but finding a top tier coach could be difficult if the front office remains unchanged.

"The Skins could be a good job," Finlay said, "I know there's a lot of talk about (how) it's potentially the worst job in the NFL, I think if the structure changes that's not the case."

And Finlay said earlier this week held the Redskins held their first meetings in preparation of the 2020 NFL Draft with their area scouts in Ashburn and Allen was "leading those meetings like he always has."

As they say at Redskins Park, "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose." (The more things change, the more they stay the same.)


Listen to the full conversation between The Sports Junkies and JP Finlay here:

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