The Redskins season is officially over. From the holdout and cancer scare of Trent Williams, the firing of Jay Gruden, Dwayne Haskins’ early struggles and the #FireBruceAllen movement, this season ended the way it started: embarrassing. The team finished the season with a 3-13 record, landing them the 2nd overall pick in this year’s draft.
The offseason has started with a bang, as current President Bruce Allen will be removed from his role as Director of Football Operations as early as Monday. Since his hiring in 2010, the Redskins have been the laughing stock of the NFL, only making the playoffs a total of two times, without winning a single playoff game. The team has put together a record of 62-98-1 in Allen’s tenure as General Manager, Executive Vice President, and President.
Does this mean he will be fired or he will resign from his total involvement in the organization? No, but this does mean he is totally out of anything field-related. He could possibly just be asked to stick around to finish up the negotiations for a new stadium deal, but that has yet to be proven true. Either way, he will not be around the Redskins for much longer.
The team is also in need of a new head coach, and more than likely in need of a new defensive coordinator, with the expected departure of Greg Manusky. According to Fox Sports, Jay Glazer is reporting that former Panthers head coach Ron Rivera could be named head coach as early as Monday morning. He is scheduled to meet with the team Monday morning, and things are “progressing quickly”, per Adam Schefter.
There is also reports that the team has been linked to former Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, but for a possible front-office position. He has a good relationship with owner Dan Snyder from his earlier stint as defensive coordinator in 2002.
CBS’ Jason La Canfora has rumored that Washington has an interest in former Houston Texans GM Rick Smith, and current ESPN analyst Louis Riddick, who was a scout and director of pro personnel for the Redskins from 2001-2007.
Urban Meyer has also been linked as a possible front office candidate. With his ties to Dwayne Haskins, Terry McLaurin, and possibly Chase Young, if he chooses to declare for the draft. He was seen recently at the Eagles-Redskins game in the owner’s box with both Dan Snyder and Alex Smith. He was rumored to be Terry McLaurin’s “guest”, but many believe he was there for more than just that reason.
A dark horse to make his way in the front office is (current Redskins) QB Alex Smith. He has made it known that he would like to attempt a comeback from his gruesome leg injury suffered in November 2018. He is under contract until 2022, but many people believe that his playing days are behind him. He has been around owner Dan Snyder a lot more and has been linked to making a possible transition into management.
This off-season might just be the biggest in the last decade for the organization. Fan morale is at an all-time low, as stated by attendance at home games and the #FireBruceAllen movement.
Owner Dan Snyder holds all the cards. He has spoken to multiple people outside of the organization about what the next steps that is needed to taken. He has shown the willingness to care, but he has to get this right, or he could lose the fans forever.