Bruce Allen on the future of his coaches and QB
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen appeared on ESPN 980's pregame show for about four minutes Sunday afternoon, and was asked about the future of his coaching staff and his quarterback. He didn't exactly break news--there's nothing much to say about the zombie coaching staff, and there's no way to judge the quarterback before you have a coach--but this is a day for transcribing every cough and hiccup.
"We'll meet with the coaches tomorrow, have some discussions," Allen said, when asked about the future. "I always have the coaches fill out reports on how the players performed this season, their benefits and assets that they see with the young [players] and all the players, and we'll start those evaluations early when we get back."
Then Larry Michael asked Allen about Jason Campbell.
"What you get with a quarterback is, the more experience he has, the better you can be," Allen said. "He's gonna see different coverages today than he's seen all year. This is a different type of 34 defense. So we'll have plenty of time to look at what he's accomplished this far in his career, and hopefully help him in his future."
On Brian Orakpo's Pro Bowl campaign: "That's just the first sign of where he's taken his career. It's a very hard thing to do as a rookie. As you know, part of the ballot is name recognition. For a young man to get his name associated with some of the other great players in the league, it really says he performed well on the field. I love what I see in his work ethic on the practice field. It bodes well for our future."
On how long London Fletcher can play: "Well, we're gonna live with it one game at a time, and it is fun to watch him. He loves football. You can see his passion, even from afar, when you watch him on tape, that this person takes pride in his game. And if you take care of yourself, which he has, there's no reason that his age [should] stop him."
On what positions they'll target in the offseason: "Well, we're gonna try to upgrade everywhere. We need to get the players that we already have on the roster to play better, we need to make sure that they have a good offseason program to get stronger and more familiar with what we're trying to do. You know, there's no great answers in free agency this year. It's a different type of [year]. If you take out everybody who's a four- and five-year player, it waters it down a great deal. And when you look at the list today, you have to remember a third of that list is gonna re-sign with their own team, so our answers aren't gonna necessarily be in free agency. It's gonna be with this group of Redskins we have."
On the differences between drafting fourth or sixth: "Well, yeah, there'll be some difference at that point, but the good thing that we have today is we have an opportunity to finish off the season on a high note. And then while we're flying six hours back tonight we'll have plenty of time to figure out where we're selecting."
(I should also say that Sonny Jurgensen was on 980's pre-game show, and told Kevin Sheehan that he believes the Allen hiring marks a definite break from the past 11 years of Dan Snyder's ownership.)
"I think that is true," Jurgensen said. "In talking with people that have been involved with Bruce Alen since he's been with the Redskins, in the three weeks he's been there, they said we are an organization now and we have more clarification on the way we're going about things, the communication between the different faces of the organization, and they're excited about it. I'm talking about people, not the football people, but people that are involved in contracts and scouting and all that. They're saying for the first time we're [an organization] and we're an organization moving in the right direction. And that was good to hear.")
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