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Bruce Allen's Press Conference (And Post-Press Conference Press Conference)

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 6:05 pm


In case you haven’t seen it anywhere else, that’s today’s press conference introducing Bruce Allen as the new general manager of the Washington Redskins. It was a solid press conference, as such things go — Allen is a charismatic, confident speaker who made a point to address the media members by name as much as possible — and in the end, it boiled down (as such things usually do) to a few specific points.

Here they are, backed up with quotes just like we all learned back in freshman English.

1) Allen represents a tie to the history of the Redskins.

“It’s exciting because of the history, the tradition, the comfort about coming home,” Allen said. “Everybody who knows me, and hopefully you will get to know me better, knows that the principles of football in my mind are simple, it’s a team. It’s 53 men, the entire staff, everybody in the building going in the same direction for one common goal, and that’s to win.”

2) Owner Daniel Snyder realized a change was necessary, and saw the replacement of Vinny Cerrato as essential to that change.

“Obviously this has been a very difficult season,” Snyder said, “one where we have disappointed everyone-the fans, ourselves. We understand that. It’s been difficult. When it gets to the point where you’re looking at what we need to do for the future, you look at change. And that’s what I decided to do.”

3) The three remaining games are even more important to the current players and coaches than you might have thought.

“I’m here to learn what’s been going on,” Allen said. “It gives me an opportunity that you usually don’t get to see players play under the lights of Monday night and Sunday night against the [New York Giants] and the Dallas Cowboys. I’ll get to see how the coaches interact and see how we run as an operation so there are no surprises for the offseason. And it gives me a wonderful opportunity to evaluate everything I’m watching.”

4) No, really.

“The great opportunity here by coming in at this point of the season,” Allen said at another point, “is to build a plan and get a head start on 2010, identify what can help us win in 2010 and beyond with never losing sight of the upcoming games. I am going to work hard. I have made some draft mistakes, I have made some free agent mistakes, but as a team, our teams did pretty well.”

5) Enough with the Jon Gruden stuff. Seriously.

“Well, we don’t have an opening at that position,” said Allen. “And I have a close relationship with hundreds of coaches in this league, but Jim Zorn is our coach. I met him two hours before meeting you here, so give us some time to see how our relationship develops.”

6) Bruce Allen is not a huge fan of putting up Christmas lights.

“I’m very happy at the timing of this,” he said, “because I don’t have to put up the Christmas lights. I don’t have to go Christmas shopping. I have an excuse. I’m working.”

Following Allen’s press conference — during which he addressed the assembled press — he did a one-on-one interview with each TV station, then did a group session with the print reporters. This second session differed from the first one in two ways: 1) it wasn’t recorded on video, and 2) the writers were standing, not sitting. Brian Murphy of ExtremeSkins was diligent enough to transcribe the whole thing, and kind enough to allow me to repost it here.
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Michael Lombardi Discusses Bruce Allen

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 4:23 pm

New executive vice president and general manager Bruce Allen had his first press conference today, and it was a well-attended affair. Pretty much all the Redskins Park staffers were in attendance, of course, along with a substantial contingent of media folks — a large Washington Post crew, a large Washington Times crew, radio people, talking heads from the local TV affiliates, and, representing the NFL Network, Mike Lombardi.

This was an interesting little quirk of fate, because Lombardi’s claim to fame as a broadcaster is that he’s a former personnel man. One of the teams he worked with was the Oakland Raiders, and one of the guys he worked under was one Bruce Allen. So he actually could offer some insight on today’s moves that went beyond his role as a TV guy, and he was generous enough to give me a little bit of his time.

Brian Murphy of Homer McFanboy and ExtremeSkins had had the same idea — and first, I should add — so we elected to do the interview together following the Allen press conference.

Redskins Blog: “I want to start by asking you: you’ve worked with Bruce Allen.”

Mike Lombardi: “Yeah.”

RB: “What are some of his strengths? What does he bring to the Redskins?”

ML: “He brings an element of the ability to communicate to the fanbase. The ability to give confidence to the people in the building. And his leadership is such that he’s able to take a lot of the information in and disseminate it around. And certainly working with the coaches and the head coach, I think he can reach a good decision.”

RB: “What do you think are the most important traits for a good general manager?”
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London Fletcher On The Departure Of Vinny Cerrato

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 2:15 pm

Plenty of Redskins players were asked about the resignation of Vinny Cerrato today; the vast majority of them had nothing particularly substantial to offer. Mostly, they expressed this by saying things like Hey, I just worry about football, or That’s front office stuff, and out of my hands.

So I’ve selected London Fletcher as my sample of this type of interview, for three reasons:

First, because he’s a team captain and therefore an appropriate representative.

Second, because he’s a thoughtful guy who’s been around the league for awhile.

And third, because it offers me a chance to remind you to vote him into the Pro Bowl. (Seriously. Do it.)

Anyhow, here’s Fletcher’s group interview session from today, standing as a sort of synecdoche for the entire team’s group interview sessions today. Read more »

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Bruce Allen Named Executive Vice President/General Manager Of The Washington Redskins

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 10:29 am

The Redskins have officially named Bruce Allen Executive Vice President/General Manger of the team. More throughout the day, I’m sure. For now, here’s an assessment of Allen’s last stint as GM, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and here’s the Redskins press release:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, VA – The owner of the Washington Redskins today announced that proven long-time NFL executive Bruce Allen has been tapped to be the Executive Vice President/General Manager of the franchise. Daniel Snyder made the announcement just hours after accepting the resignation of Vinny Cerrato. Cerrato served in many capacities for the franchise over the last ten years, most recently as executive vice president of football operations.

“Bruce Allen is the personification of an NFL winner,” Snyder said. “Our fans know his heritage; we know his abilities. He is the right person to lead our club.”

Allen, 53, is one of only a few people in the NFL who has helped lead teams that have won five division championships since 2000. He is the son of the late George Allen, the legendary former Redskins coach. Most recently he was the General Manager at Tampa Bay. Prior to Tampa, he was a Senior Assistant at the Oakland Raiders. In 2002, he was named the National Football League’s George Young NFL Executive of the Year.

Allen said he would begin work for the Redskins immediately.

Continued after the jump.

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Trending Topics: Christmas, Vinny Cerrato

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 9:06 am

Here’s a picture for the next time you find yourself doubting the pervasive reach of the National Football League — and Redskins fans in particular. With Tiger Woods reportedly heading for divorce, eight shopping days remaining until Christmas, Bengals receiver Chris Henry fighting for his life, and James Cameron’s new movie opening tomorrow, here’s the Twitter trending topics list as of a few minutes ago. (Click to enlarge.)

There’s Vinny Cerrato, right between Xmas and the climate talks in Copenhagen.

After the jump, the FOX-5 news report announcing the move, courtesy of Redlasso.

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Press Release On Vinny Cerrato's Resignation

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 8:38 am

Here’s the official press release regarding Vinny Cerrato’s resignation from the Washington Redskins:

Vinny Cerrato today announced his resignation from the Washington Redskins. Cerrato has served as the club’s executive vice-president of football operations for the past two years, and previously served in five different roles, beginning in 1999.

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Thursday, December 17: Vinny Cerrato Resigns, Per ESPN 980

Posted by Matt Terl on December 17, 2009 – 7:54 am

Per ESPN980, Vinny Cerrato has resigned as Executive Vice President of Football Operations. More information as I hear it. Read more »

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