Thursday, December 17, 2009
Redskins hire Allen to replace Cerrato
By Dan Graziano
So obviously the Redskins had a plan in place before Vinny Cerrato's resignation. Former Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen will replace Cerrato, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Allen is the son of former Redskins head coach George Allen, and he's been an executive with both the Raiders and Buccaneers organizations over the years.
Allen obviously grew up as a Redskins fan and his family is revered by the organization. He worked with Jon Gruden at both of his previous stops, so you can imagine where all the speculation is headed. Gruden recently signed a multiyear extension with ESPN in his role as an analyst on "Monday Night Football."
I thought the Redskins would take a run at former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, but now it seems like Gruden would be the most likely candidate. Allen's star obviously faded toward the end of his time in Tampa, but he's respected by scouts across the league and I think most people would view this is a pretty obvious upgrade over Cerrato. Here's what Allen said in a statement released by the Redskins:
"This is an extraordinary opportunity with one of the world’s most successful sports franchises. I love everything about this assignment; I know what it means to be dedicated to the Redskins. I can’t wait to get to work."
The real question is whether Redskins owner Dan Snyder will give Allen the breathing room he needs to run this organization's football side. If Snyder's willing to do that, I think this thing has a chance to work.