Washington Redskins President, and former GM, Bruce Allen made an appearance on 106.7 the Fan's Grant and Danny Show today and answered a wide range of questions. He discussed free agency, Scot McCloughan's influence, Jay Gruden's first year, the potential for a Kirk Cousins trade, Dan Snyder's involvement and more.
Back to back losing seasons:
Allen, when asked if he could change anything in his tenure, says he doesn't have any regrets. #Redskins— Jake Russell (@_JakeRussell) March 10, 2015
Dan Snyder's involvement:
"At the end of last season - actually, before the end of last season - Dan [Snyder] and I were talking about different aspects of the organization and ways we can improve our team," Allen said. "Dan's goal has been, and is, to win football games. That is our goal. We have been noticing that with the cap increase, free agency's not going to be what everybody wants it to be. The key is really to have a good draft. ... We did turn down some trades last year that would've lost a few of our picks, so we knew going into this year we wanted to do a good job, not only for 2015, but the future years and making sure we acquired players who are going to be Redskins for a long time."
Paulsen asked Allen if past speculation and reports that Snyder is involved in personnel decisions is exaggerated.
"I haven't seen those reports," Allen said. "Dan doesn't get involved, I know that. I've been in just about every personnel meeting we've had this year, as [well as] all of our scouts and coaches to a certain degree. With free agency, they've had their own [meetings], and then we've met as a group. We're trying to find out everything we can on a player. I've always said that the tape is the DNA. That tells you exactly who the player is on the field, but we've been doing a good job of trying to investigate the character of all these players as well."
Jay Gruden's first season as head coach:
"You only rate yourselves in this business by your record," Bruce on Jay’s first season, still neglecting to name Redskins’ off-field record— Chris Lingebach (@BlueShortsLIFE) March 10, 2015
Robert Griffin III:
Bruce Allen on #GrantAndDanny on why Gruden moved on from QB's quickly: "I think he was testing players..was trying to reach [the] players."— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) March 10, 2015
"We've seen what Robert can do on the field. We know we have someone that will work hard every day to get better," he said. "It's going to take some time. Young quarterbacks take a long time to develop."
"Robert's got to stay healthy. That's easier said than done, this is a very physical sport," Allen said of Griffin."He's got to be smart with the ball, and learn to protect himself."
Kirk Cousins trade:
Allen: "Well the trade deadline also starts at 4 o'clock so we haven't received any [trade] calls [on Kirk Cousins]…"— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) March 10, 2015
Allen also said he has "had conversations" with the agents for Ryan Kerrigan and Trent Williams about long-term contract extensions.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) March 10, 2015
*Shortly after Allen's radio appearance, Redskins.com published a story about the team working on contract extensions for Williams and Kerrigan.
"The reason we brought Scot in is for Scott to give us his vision for the type of players he's looking for," Allen said. "At the end of the day, Scot will make the detemrination if somebody fits or doesn't fit."
Overpaying in Free Agency:
"We are not going to pay a C player A money. We do have an idea of how our projections for our team will be for the next four years."
Cap Penalties/Cap Spending Requirements:
Bruce Allen on required cap spending and the cap penalties in 2012, "The NFLPA's accounting is interesting."— Hunter Jennings (@HunterLoganX) March 10, 2015
Agents Using the Redskins for Negotiations with other Teams:
#Redskins Bruce Allen, "I ask agents if they're going to be truthful at the start of negotiations"— Hunter Jennings (@HunterLoganX) March 10, 2015