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Will Bruce Allen being in charge of personnel work for the Redskins?

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Will Bruce Allen being in charge of personnel work for the Redskins?

“The control will be mine.”

With those five words, Bruce Allen notified us of a seismic shift in the power structure of the Washington Redskins. Mike Shanahan’s departure left a power vacuum in the personnel decisions department and Allen stepped right into it.

Was it a good idea for Daniel Snyder to give this power to Allen, who has not demonstrated great personnel acumen in the past?

Washington Post columnists Jason Reid and Mike Wise certainly don’t think so. Reid said that Allen “doesn’t possess the player evaluation chops to overhaul a roster in disrepair”. Wise summed up Allen’s recent experience as a GM saying that “his last nine years in football have helped get two Super Bowl champion coaches canned, resulted in a 62-82 record, not one playoff win and no Hall of Famers to date in training.”

It’s difficult to argue with Reid, Wise, or anyone who is skeptical that elevating Allen into Shanahan’s duties rather than brining some fresh blood into the organization to rebuild the roster is the right move for the Redskins to make. After all, Allen didn’t just drop onto the scene from Mars; he has been the team’s GM during their span of three seasons of double-digit losses in four years. As he said, “We’re all 3-13”.

This doesn’t mean that this power structure is doomed to failure. They keys are Scott Campbell and Morocco Brown. Campbell has been in charge of college scouting and Brown scouts pro personnel.

“I see some people who have to be given an opportunity to succeed,” said Allen. “I think Scott Campbell running a college draft will be as capable as any personnel director in the NFL. I know what Morocco Brown can do in free agency. I’ve seen the grades of the players he’s given in free agency. To blame them, I think, would be unfair to not giving them an opportunity to succeed.”

You don’t have to be very adept at reading between the lines to believe that Allen thinks that Campbell and Brown gave Shanahan sound advice that the coach, in many cases, chose to disregard. Word is that Shanahan relied heavily on people he knew from outside the organization to make his

If Allen’s role is to oversee what Campbell and Brown do, ask questions and challenge their assumptions but to ultimately abide by the recommendations there is some hope of building a strong roster.

However, if Allen decides to make it his show and do what Shanahan did by going his own way and perhaps letting Snyder have a degree of influence what we could end up with is a more of the same.

Given the recent history of the team, it’s easy to see why many believe that the odds are that latter scenario will play out are. Time will tell.

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Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

Redskins promote CB Phillips from practice squad, waive Bruton Jr. and Clausell

The Redskins made a couple of roster moves just before departing for Arizona to play the Cardinals.

They signed cornerback Dashaun Phillips from the practice squad and cut offensive tackle Blaine Clausell. The Redskins also waived safety David Bruton Jr. off of injured reserve.

Phillips was the Redskins’ nickel corner for the first three games of the season, and he made four tackles and recovered a fumble. But they moved rookie Kendall Fuller up into the slot corner role in Week 4 and Phillips spent several weeks on the inactive list before being waived on November 12 and added to the practice squad three days later.

The moves became known after Redskins coach Jay Gruden had spoken to the media for the day so we can only speculate as to the reasoning behind them. Actually, the release of Clausell isn’t hard to figure out. He was signed after Trent Williams started his four-game suspension and with Williams set to return on Monday and the other options at backup tackle healthy there was no point in keeping him around.

Phillips is likely going to Arizona as an insurance policy. The Cardinals like to spread the field with a lot of wide receivers. They will want to have five cornerbacks active. They do have Josh Norman, Bashaud Breeland, Fuller, Quinton Dunbar, and Greg Toler. But Breeland is listed as questionable with an ankle injury and they Redskins don’t want to take any chance of being caught short-handed at cornerback if he suffers a setback. That’s especially true when they don’t need to bring an extra tackle along.

Depending on how things shake out injury-wise against the Cardinals there is a good chance that we could see Phillips on the waiver wire once again as a roster spot will be needed for Williams.

Bruton started the first four games of the season at safety before going on injured reserve with a concussion. This past offseason he signed a three-year, $9 million free agent contract with $3.4 million full guaranteed. There will be a deal cap hit of approximately $1.7 million in 2017 to account for the prorated bonus. 

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Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

Redskins-Cardinals injury report: Reed out, seven questionable

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TE Jordan Reed (shoulder)—The word heroic is thrown around too often when talking about what athletes do, in light if what, say, first responders do every day. But Reed playing in the second half out of the Dallas game with a third-degree AC joint sprain certainly was remarkable. But Gruden said that Reed won’t have sufficient range of motion in the shoulder or range of motion to be able to go against the Cardinals.

DE Anthony Lanier (leg)—The reserve lineman missed the second half of the Dallas game with a leg contusion. Gruden said he was kicked in the lower leg against the Cowboys and the swelling is still an issue.

Questionable

LS Nick Sundberg (back)—He tweaked his back in the weight room before the Packers game and missed that game and the one against the Cowboys. He was a full go in practice all week and will return against the Cardinals.

G Brandon Scherff (ankle)—He has been limited in practice during the week but it seems certain that he will go against the Cardinals.

T Ty Nsekhe (ankle)—Ditto comment on Scherff above.

CB Bashaud Breeland (ankle)—He suffered the injury in practice this week and he was limited in practice on Thursday.

RB Chris Thompson (illness)—He was limited in practice during the week but he said in the locker room he will have his usual role on Sunday.

Also questionable for the Redskins: ILB Terence Garvin (shoulder) and DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee)

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Check back for the Cardinals injury update after they release their report later this afternoon.