Meet the new General Manager of the Washington Redskins, same as the old General Manager of the Washington Redskins.
Fired coach Mike Shanahan had final say over personnel decisions and during a press conference today Allen said that now is his responsibility.
“The control will be mine, and it will be working with our personnel department,” he said. “The personnel department of [Director of Player Personnel] Scott Campbell and [Director of Pro Personnel] Morocco Brown actually do a very good job at what they do.”
Campbell handles scouting the college draft and Brown deals more with NFL free agents.
Allen said that in order to fix the team after it went 3-13 this year, the organization would need to “understand some of the mistakes that were made”. He said that he was already getting to work in identifying those mistakes.
“We met this morning in the personnel department to make sure that we documented every pick that that we’ve made and we’ve documented every free agent that we’ve discussed or gave a bad grade to that is performing well right now in the NFL. So we’re studying personnel at this point.”
Pressed on why he wasn’t going to make changes in the personnel department after the team has had four seasons with double-digit losses in the last five years, allen vouched for Campbell and Brown.
“I see some people who have to be given an opportunity to succeed,” he said. “I think Scott Campbell running a college draft will be as capable as any personnel director in the NFL. I know what Morocco brown can do in free agency. I’ve seen the grades of the player he’s given in free agency. To blame them, I think, would be unfair to not give them an opportunity to succeed.”
It appears that Allen thinks that Brown and Campbell have been giving Mike Shanahan good advice but the coach was not necessarily listening to them. Perhaps Allen will give them more of a voice in the formation of the roster.