As the Washington Redskins continue to falter on the field and off it, many fans (and media) have clamored for team president Bruce Allen to be fired. Well what if Allen wasn’t fire, but removed from his role?
It appears Allen may not be the Redskins president anymore, not fired, but not team president. According to Les Carpenter of the Washington Post, some NFL agents are under the impression Allen may no longer be involved in football operations.
“Also uncertain is who will be running the front office. Some NFL agents in regular contact with the team have suggested that Bruce Allen, the team president, might move from overseeing football operations to the business side after Snyder recently fired Brian Lafemina from his position as president of business operations and chief operating officer. They believe it’s possible that senior vice president of football operations Eric Schaffer would take a larger role.”
That’s a huge nugget. Allen has possibly gone to the business side after the firing of Brian Lafemina and Eric Schaffer may take on a larger role. If so, it appears fans and media have got exactly what they wanted, right?
The fact he is still in the building doesn’t give those pounding for his firing entirely what they want. Allen being in the building even in a “new role” will always draw speculation that he has his finger on owner Dan Snyder and the team’s football doings. If the report holds true, only time will tell if Allen is truly out of football decisions.
For Schaffer, he has been with the team for 16 years., being promoted to his current role of senior vice president of football operations in June of 2017. He worked on Kirk Cousins’ contract negotiations. Chris Russell of 106.7 the Fan reported that Schaffer was at the top of the list for at least one team to be their new team president.
It’s possible that Snyder being presented with the real possibility of losing Schaffer led to his promotion. It had been reported last year that Snyder was frustrated with Allen and team leadership over the constant embarrassments and lack of winning on the field. It was then it was noted this possible change of Allen overseeing the new stadium project and Schaffer taking over football operations.
Again, it’s not entirely what opponents of Allen wanted, but it’s a change in a way.