With Shanahan out, GM says he’s in control

Updated: December 31, 2013, 8:20 AM ET


By
John Keim | ESPN.com


ASHBURN, Va. — When the Washington Redskins hired Mike Shanahan, they gave him the power in the organization. Now that he’s been fired, that power will transfer to general manager Bruce Allen.

“The control will be mine,” Allen said Monday.

Allen said that also means control over personnel decisions. But he said he will also work with director of player personnel Scott Campbell and director of pro personnel Morocco Brown, who interviewed for the general manager’s position in Arizona last offseason, in any sort of personnel decisions. The Redskins also have former San Diego general manager A.J. Smith listed as a senior executive.

“We are going to redefine some of the characteristics that we’re looking for in players,” Allen said. “Obviously when we have a new head coach there will be some schematic adjustments that we will make, but that power will be with me.”

Allen said they are going to keep everyone in their current role — and they will be involved in the interview process.

“We feel comfortable with them. It doesn’t mean we might not add somebody to the personnel department,” Allen said, “but we feel we have a good personnel department that has been interviewed for other positions and we’re comfortable with it now.”

However, if there’s a coach that they really like who demands the same sort of power Shanahan had, then it’s always possible the setup could change again. Or Allen could maintain the power, taking other opinions — coaches and the personnel department — into account but make the final decision. When the Redskins hired him, he was considered as much a politician, able to deal with all sorts of people.

For now, Allen will remain in charge.

“My job is to put the Washington Redskins organization on the right track,” Allen said, “and to continue to build the foundation for this team to win and it is my job to find the next head coach for the Washington Redskins.”

  • Covered the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and other media outlets since 1994
  • Authored or co-authored three books on the Redskins and one on the Cleveland Browns

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