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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 06/15/2010

Allen makes promise about Skins

By Washington Post editors

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."

By Washington Post editors  | June 15, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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I am pleased to hear the GM is saying the team will be busting their butts in the upcoming season... which would certainly be a welcome change from the last two-plus campaigns under the widely discredited Vinny Bugeyes, El Zoron the Moron, Jason the Clueless, et al. But until I actually see holdovers and other disappointments like CP26, AH92 and CR22 actually out there on the field and putting in all on the line, I’ll reserve judgment on what the new season may bring.

Personally, I would just like to see the Redskins still playing some meaningful football in December. Last season's prime time embarrassments against the Cowgurlz and Gnats -- featuring such unforgivable and unforgettable moments as the swinging gate play (called twice!) and Sherman the Bingo Caller working his unseen influence from the skyboxes -- all before apathetic stadiums long emptied of arrogantly abused and embarrassed fans -- must certainly be rated among the worst moments in Redskins team history -- but still all too typical of our experience to date with Dan the Little Man.

Anything at all this season that ain’t that bad must and will be an improvement. But only time will tell if it’s worth caring about.

Posted by: Vic1 | June 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

hey vicc i am no portis fan but when he is on the field he definitely busts his butt you cant forget that he is one of the best blockers from the running back position in the nfl so you cant put him in that category

Posted by: mudman220 | June 15, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Agreed with mudman, CP26 is one of the best Redskins RBs of all time, he has the top 2 Skins single season rushing performances (4 of the top 10). If you include Portis's Denver time and Riggins's Jets time Riggo has only ~1500 more yards on 6 more seasons.

He definitely goes out there and tries his hardest to win, whether he was getting paid big bucks or not at any time. Notwithstanding 2 injury seasons he's been very consistent, over 1260 yards in 6 seasons.

Oh and he did all of this after converting from an outside runner to a between the tackles RB.

And he passes touchdowns to Cooley better than ARE did.

Posted by: Keiser | June 15, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

The key is "when he on the field." Over the past few years, CP26 couldn't be bothered to participate in any meaningful way for anything but game day... declining to practice with teammates on a regular basis... regular feigning injury, discomfort or general malaise... but then threw everyone else under the bus when execution was poor, timing was off, the holes failed to open, etc.

Last year the organization paid CP26 approximately $8 million for something like 400 yards of offensive production -- and the selfish SOB didn't refund a dime. Hopefully Shanahan gets him in shape and into the game this season, but again, only time will tell.

Posted by: Vic1 | June 15, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

CP26 appeared to have dropped about 20 pounds in the May OTAs and was looking better than he ever has since he arrived from Denver. I'm guessing having the other backs in for the OTAs and a Westbrook deal still possible has a lot to do with that. Nothing like having Larry Johnson finish all of his runs in camp 20 yards down the field at full speed to make one either look bad or step it up. Appeared CP26 was stepping it up to keep up. Hopefully, it will carry over into the season. Like everyone, I am waiting to see just what kind of "shape" Albert is in when he shows up tomorrow. I'm guessing it's not going to sit well with either the coaching staff or his teammates if he can't keep up physically. It's bad enough that he's 3 months behind learning the new defense. He should take a page out of London Fletcher's playbook and be a professional football player and not a professional whiner.

Posted by: drmammal | June 15, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I feel good

Posted by: ElYeah | June 15, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

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