The Redskins made one important name change over the Memorial Day holiday weekend -- Bruce Allen went from vice president to president. When Allen came to the Redskins he held the title of Executive VP and general manager, but former coach Mike Shanahan held all the football related power. Now, with Shanahan ousted, Allen takes full control of football operations.
Allen installed Jay Gruden as new head coach and oversaw the team's draft and free agency plans. Much of Allen's first season will be judged by the productivity of wide receiver DeSean Jackson. When the Philadelphia Eagles unexpectedly cut Jackson, Allen and the 'Skins swooped in to sign the Pro Bowl talent. But questions about off-field activities nag Jackson, and if any trouble arises, Allen will have to answer questions. So far, Jackson has done all the right things in Washington, and if he can produce a 1,200 yard receiving season, most would applaud Allen for the move.
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The Redskins draft will not be as easy to judge. The team invested early in the offensive line, using two of their first three picks on linemen, but in later rounds Washington likely went the "best player available" route, adding a tight end, receiver, running back and even a kicker. Those were not positions of need, and if the Redskins thin secondary again struggles this season, Allen could face some criticism.
Regardless of his title, Allen is clearly in charge now. So why make the name change? Just a nominal thing? Or was there a bigger meaning? Redskins owner Dan Snyder emphatically supports Allen, and perhaps this was Snyder's way to make that clear around the league?
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