A Brief (Ish) Rant: Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Gives Fans Front Office They Want; Fans and Media Complain Anyway

| December 31, 2013 | 36 Comments

1.) What happened today in the wake of Mike Shanahan’s firing was essentially what we here at HTTR24-7.com have been saying would happen for a while. The only thing that didn’t change was the titles. But for all intents and purposes, the front office structure that fans had been lobbying for was largely put in place. It did not, however, stop them from complaining about it.

 

2.) “Why not change the front office structure of a 3-13 football team”? Largely, in part, because Director of Pro Personnel Morocco Brown and Director of Player Personnel Scott Campbell are praised in league circles for doing great work. The issue had been that former general manager Vinny Cerrato simply ignored them when he was there. While Shanahan kept the front office mostly in tact when he came aboard, he and he alone had control. And so while Shanahan did listen, he ultimately used his own judgment.

 

3.) That was the underlying thread of General Manager Bruce Allen’s praise of Brown and Campbell; that they do great work, and that it just wasn’t heard. Chris Cooley dropped a nugget on “The Drive” on ESPN 980, saying that Shanahan often sought help outside the organization to help build the team. That was the danger in entrusting all the power in the organization to one player. Both Allen and Cooley paint a picture of a Shanahan who was unwilling to trust his own personnel department, despite praising them for doing good work.

 

4.) I hate to keep harping on Shanahan, but if he had a problem with the front office structure, he could’ve made up and down the board changes. But Mike himself said that he came on board, saw what the team was doing, and loved their work. And so he kept them. He also kept the scouting staff one of the smallest in the league. And then didn’t listen to the guys he kept. Okay I’m going to stop talking about Shanny now.

 

5.) So, in essence, we got the exact front office we wanted. But rather than one guy shouldering all the power in the organization, it’s split among three people. Bruce Allen is still the community guy and the cap and contracts guy. Morocco Brown will be in control of scouting and evaluating free agents, and Scott Campbell will be in charge of running the NFL draft. All three men will work together and craft the roster, with Bruce Allen technically having final say. What that likely means is a collaborative effort, and if there is a disagreement, Allen (ever the politician) will try and “negotiate” between the two other parties, before essentially being a tie breaking vote.

 

6.) That’s what got everyone upset; Bruce Allen saying he’ll have complete control of personnel. But what was he supposed to say? “Well we all know I suck at the personnel side of things, so I’ll just strip myself of my title and hand it all to these other guys, bye!” Campbell and Brown will do their jobs, Bruce will do his. Never the twain shall meat.

 

7.) If you’re the Washington Redskins, and you’re trying to project an image of stability and patience, then firing guys who have league wide respect for doing a great job but being silenced does exactly paint the most rosey picture. Brown and Campbell will finally be unencumbered by a head coach with total control to do their jobs. Can we at least wait for them to fail before we describe the front office as dead on arrival?

 

8.) The Redskins will finally have the front office everyone says they should have; men with strong personnel backgrounds handling the personnel department, in tandem with a head coach who can focus on coaching, and an owner who stays the hell out of the way. This is what we’ve been asking for.

 

9.) It’s times like these that make me think that fans would’ve complained no matter who was named the general manager. Duke Tobin? “What has he ever done, he’s been under a meddlesome owner’s thumb already!”. Mark Dominik? “He blows tons of money in free agency and just got fired, plus Bruce loves him! What a joke!”. Just about anyone could’ve been complained about or questioned with this fanbase and this media.

 

10.) Everyone always demands that the Redskins keep their talent in house. I got into an argument with someone who said that the Redskins should’ve kept current Seahawks general manager on the roster over a decade ago, when he was just a guy that was under Marty Schottenheimer when he was the GM. Now, we’ve kept two respected individuals, allow them to do their job, and the apocalypse is about to happen in Ashburn, apparently.

 

Redskins fans will never be satisfied. Even winning may not satisfy them. (Unless you’re Mike Shanahan, then they’ll build a statue in your honor.)  But I for one would like to see how this pans out, first with the head coaching hire, then with free agency and the draft, before I declare it the worst thing ever. After four years of hell, it can’t be much worse.

 

 

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jrh0341
jrh0341

Wait, wait wait, Shanahan didn't listen to his scouting dept?  Gee.  Maybe he was afraid that they would have told him that maintaining the smallest Oline in the league, continually taking flyers on recovering from injury guys, and drafting developmental RBs like Thompson Jamison when we barely have roster room for  Royster already and other such ideas were silly.  

ahr19
ahr19

The move is growing on me. I for one would just like them to change both Brown and Campbell's title to Assistant GM or something.But this is good that we kept guy who were respected OUTSIDE of Redskins Park in their positions and now perhaps we can evaluate their skills correctly with MS who is going OUTSIDE the organization for advice. Crazy... 

Avbanig
Avbanig

This is exactly what I thought as well when I was listening to the junkies on 106.7 the Fan this morning.

They were complaining and complaining about the Skins not bringing in a GM from outside the organization or whatever.

Bruce Allen has been executive of the year and been a great front office guy for nearly two decades and been around NFL football since he was with his dad on the sidelines in the 70s.

Campbell has worked on our drafts for a long time and has worked with our scouts to determine who to select, even those selections Mike Shanahan selected.

Morocco Brown has interviewed for GM jobs and other jobs around the league. He's been a known rising star in our front office for years and I heard he was instrumental in determining Pierre Garçon was the WR we should sign and give a big contract to in 2012. Last time I checked, most questioned it, I know I did and all Garçon did was break the season receptions record for the franchise in a year when our passing game was average.

I'm glad at what's taken place. We have a true front office. We have three guys who I believe will work well together. We also have an experienced front office person who's helped build championship team who will have the final say, instead of a head coach who's had a poor track record with personnel decisions ever since he started controlling that for the broncos in 99.

JuJu_804
JuJu_804

@HTTR24_7 @KenClyburn my sentiments exactly. Eliminating MS from the process increases influence of Brown and Campbell, not Allen.

Avbanig
Avbanig

He hasn't been tied to any of the Redskins personnel moves. I'd say that's quite different than when Vinny was here.

Anyone that doesn't think Mike Shanahan was running the entire football operations show doesn't understand how egotistical Shanahan was and they're just blind haters who want to hate Dan Snyder for no reason.

He's done exactly what we've wanted him to do for 14 years.

Have a GM who has control and final say, then have experienced and respected personnel guys below him.

Avbanig
Avbanig

"Apparently" great assumption

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