Allen makes promise about Skins
Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen made a promise Tuesday: No, not a Super Bowl-sized promise. But the Redskins, he said, will be the "hardest-working team in the NFL."
"Our ownership has given us free reign to get the flame relit," Allen said. "You're going to be proud of our team this year."
Allen spoke to a group of business leaders at the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce's annual chairman's luncheon at the Westfields Marriott Washington Dulles in Chantilly. He repeated many of the comments he has made this off-season, promoting the franchise's rich 70-plus-year history and commitment to honoring its past.
But Allen, who was appointed to the Redskins' GM position last December, also told the crowd of about 200 that they would be proud to see the "hardest-working team in the NFL" next year -- versus the Dallas Cowboys, he predicted fans would be "yelling their rear ends off" -- and that while "not promising a Super Bowl, you will be happy."
He also briefly touched on the ongoing saga of disgruntled defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth, who has largely stayed away from Redskins Park in Ashburn after being told he would be used in a new role as a nose tackle in the team's new defensive scheme.
"I'm going to answer a few questions and I will answer one before it's even asked, about Albert Haynesworth," Allen said, to laughter.
As for Haynesworth showing up for minicamp, which is set to begin on Wednesday? "He'll be here and we're expecting him to be in good shape."
But he also made note of the team's new poster boy -- linebacker London Fletcher -- saying the 35-year-old veteran "represents everything that's good with today's athletes."
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