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George Allen says his brother is 'a perfect fit'

Opinions are flying everywhere about the Redskins' front-office shakeup - good, bad and otherwise. One person who has no doubts today's news is great from every angle: George Allen, former U.S. Senator, Virginia governor, one-time presidential candidate. Oh yeah, and older brother to Bruce Allen, the Redskins' new general manager.

"I look at it this way," George Allen said, "Bruce's coming home."

The oldest son of the legendary football coach with the same name, George Allen said the move has been in the works for a while, but he was sworn to secrecy.

"In this city of Washington, where leaking is the way of conducting business, I was telling my wife, Susan, I could not believe that nothing has leaked on this," Allen said. "You all are writing about Clinton Portis's concussions, Albert Haynesworth and all these other things. But this somehow stayed under wraps."


George Allen, in fact, conducted a radio interview on Monday, talking politics, not sports. As he often is, he was inevitably asked about the Redskins' recent woes and coyly responded, "I think they need better leadership. But I'm sure they'll get things turned around soon."

The reviews from all over the Allen clan have been ecstatic. "Absolutely thrilled," is how George Allen described it.

"It's just a perfect fit," he said. "I haven't heard my mother this happy and thrilled in a long while. It's so great to hear that happiness in her voice."

We'll have more from George Allen later, but one of the more interesting things he said concerned Oakland Raiders' owner Al Davis. Bruce Allen worked under Davis from 1995-2003, which is probably more than enough on-the-job training to work with Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder.

"That was a perfect fit in many respects," Allen said of his brother's relationship with Davis. "Because generally, the Allens are anti-establishment, and Al Davis is clearly the embodiment of that."

By Rick Maese  |  December 17, 2009; 4:28 PM ET
 
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Comments

First!

Posted by: piyusharora | December 17, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

F George Allen Jr.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 17, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

zjfr2 - I didn't say he necessarily has to keep Zorn. I said I hope he gives them a fair assessment, meaning he hasn't already made his mind up.

Our team is playing very well recently. Is it because of Zorn or in spite of it? Will we get better or worse if we get rid of Zorn? You don't know the answer any more than I do.

Thats why I said, hopefully he gives them a fair shake. I trust his decision.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 17, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"We'll have more from George Allen later..."

Oh joy.

Posted by: 4-12 | December 17, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2009 4:30 PM

Dude...

Are you on your period. Mix in some cranberry juice, it's a natural diuretic and will eliminate some of that bloat.

Getting rid of Vinny and hiring Allen is a huge step in the right direction.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 4:39 PM | Report abuse

We'll have more from George Allen later
_____

Why? Interviewed the guy once when I was in high school, he was my cognressman- he said some pretty un-PC, off the wall stuff. This guy is a right wing d-bag. Because his Dad was a coach I should care what he thinks?

Go Bruce, Go Away George

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | December 17, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

my quick analysis agrees those who noted Bruce Allen's draft's have been so-so. On the upside, he prefers drafting along the lines. More to come on that. With high and mid-level picks, Allen uses picks along the lines nearly 4 times as often as Vinny did.

Those who think Allen needs a good personnel guy are spot on.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 17, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

As far as someone waking up...It was Snyder that has woken up. He's finally realized that after 10 plus years of making the same mistakes, being the only constant, and consistently losing that he he's ready to go the more traditional route.

Dude, take some Cipro, get rid of your UTI, and stop pissing on a Good Day.


Posted by: Diesel44 | December 17, 2009 4:26 PM


Wake up people!! Take the blue pill! (or was it red)

Vinnie is still on the Payroll as a consultant! This move was decided 10 DAYS AGO! Vinnie is in on it!

Danny told Vinnie...the fans want blood and he was the only one worthy to be sacrificed! He was...And you see what happened!

F That....Prove to me when next season starts....Y'all are just over the top with this supposed joyous occassion....

Cl - I stated No to Orakpo as a LB...And so far I have been right...He gave up most of the key TDs/1st downs in the 1st half of the season.....Lately he plays DE more and more...And Orakpo said it himself on LaVar's show that he's gonna finally do what he does best...Play DE...and he said he thinks he can be a one of the best DEs in the league..

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 17, 2009 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Even though I see a new thread, ain't no way in hell I'm not going to leave my mark on this thread.

F&@K George Allen!

Posted by: RedDMV | December 17, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

I read that Snyder was with Cerrato last week scouting Colt McCoy. If he continues to stick his nose into all the clubs business, there won't be any change. Allen has to HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON ALL FOOTBALL MATTERS! Also, we already have a Colt on this team who is more than capable of leading this team!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | December 17, 2009 4:45 PM | Report abuse

more beeps

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | December 17, 2009 4:46 PM | Report abuse


my quick analysis agrees those who noted Bruce Allen's draft's have been so-so. On the upside, he prefers drafting along the lines. More to come on that. With high and mid-level picks, Allen uses picks along the lines nearly 4 times as often as Vinny did.

Those who think Allen needs a good personnel guy are spot on.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 17, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

And we have one in Morroco Brown

Posted by: Devo2 | December 17, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yeah, this is the idiot who called a black guy "MAKAKA"during his run for office. We don't need a racist talking about our team!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | December 17, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I just listened to him on the John Thompson show, he talked about the opportunity to have 3 games to evaluate things, that he's not going to rush into anything, that he is looking forward to getting to know Zorn and the rest of the front office staff, and he's excited about returning the Skins to glory and that "I have the responsibility for running the organization". That all sounds great to me.

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 17, 2009 3:39 PM

Me too. There is a lot to like about this ... but something just feels like The Owner has done this before ... pulled a plash move when the fan base is despising him most for his meddling in the football part of the "football business." He reaches into the team's past and pulls out a nugget to distract everyone ... just like he did with Gibbs v.2. For this reason alone, I think they will hold off a year or two before bringing in Doug Williams ... just wait till its necessary to bring in another distraction.

Also, I am on crack and do think Zorn should come back to fill out his contract ... so the team can keep the same offensive philosophy for longer than it takes to go through a gallon of milk. Frankly, keep everything just like it is right now ... Zorn, Lewis, Smith, and Bugel ... only get ready to replace Bugel because he is the most important position coach ... because offensive line is the most important position to win the running game on a regular basis ... which you have to do to win games (run the ball to win the game, throw the ball to score points). Bugel is getting on in year, so keep him for as long as he wants to coach, but get an assistant underneath him ready to step up when called. Depth and offensive line are not used regularly in DC, at player or at coach. [Also, keep Hunter Smith, Danny Smith, Graham Gano ... and go back to the well on return men.]

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 4:48 PM

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

F George Allen and his anti-establishment BS. He's a cardigan with khaki shorts and argyle socks away from his fraternity boy days. His sister's book about how he abused his younger siblings says he should shut the F up and let us enjoy his brother's signing.

Posted by: dcsween | December 17, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Rypien 11. Look Mark, this team is bad. Unless we put pads and a helmut on Bruce Allen, we're going to need more changes. Zorn's not the guy and I still don't think JC is either. He's a decent .500 QB but that's about it. There's also a lot of overpaid dead wood floating around. Team played their best game last week without Haynesworth, Hall, Portis, and Sellars. It's time for fresh blood from the front office on down. Results may not be immediate but let's start building a foundation for a consistent playoff calibre team.

Posted by: bones21 | December 17, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Oh Yeah, this is the idiot who called a black guy "MAKAKA"during his run for office. We don't need a racist talking about our team!

Posted by: KurtShanaman | December 17, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Well, the "black guy" was Indian and the word is "Macaca," but what's really the difference?

Allen apologized, it cost him the election and arguably his political career. At what point do we move on?

Posted by: Tank2 | December 17, 2009 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Allen will draft young,hungry ball players. Parcells & others will have to find another team to trade their over the hill veterans to.Amazing what we have done with rejects that want a job next year.

Posted by: kenobill | December 17, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Wait, so George says his bro was a "perfect fit" in Oakland, and is now a "perfect fit" in DC?? What, is Bruce like Type O (-) blood, he fits everywhere?????

Posted by: rooster75 | December 17, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with u F'n d-bag haters? I am so ashamed to be in the same fan base as some of u, what a joke

Posted by: SkinEm1 | December 17, 2009 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Who gives a twit about WHAT GEORGE ALLEN SAYS OR THINKS!!!! it's about Bruce Allen AND what has he done AND what has he done in his last GM job--answer NADA NADA. If this has been in the works for 10 days I find it interesting Snyder pulled the plug the very day Mike Holmgren walks away from Cleveland--Hmmm- Hmmm!!!. There are many qualified people out there that are BETTER than Bruce Allen. The only reason he hired Allen is the same one he used to hire Gibbss #2. He did it to placate the fans. The fans now AND the fans back in the George Alllen era are so much different AND the older George Allen WAS NOT THE MOST HONEST COACHING RANKS BACK IN THE DAY. He was devious and a manipulater. The difference is Jack Kent Cook saw through him--the George Allen--the elder is NOT the issue nor is the RACIST younger George Allen AND HE SHOULD SHUT HIS MOUTH. Snyder does as Snyder is make a splach--feed the fans past history--don"t look for OTHER QUALIFIED for the GM position--after all he has been fired as recent as last year and no other team has bothered to hire him. He is not the 2nd coming he isn't the 1st coming. Snyder again goes to the well i.e. bring in someone from Snyders younger school days and get blinded by a name not an expert.The issue now is campaign to get Snyder to sell the team. To close don't tell me someone like Holmgren or Tony Dungy couldn't be MUCH MUCH BETTER than Bruce Alllen--what have you done recently---NADA.

Posted by: vergens2 | December 17, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

vergens2, you are right about the fans being different from the george allen era, alot of the fans today are pathetic lil know it alls,like i said, f'n d-bag haters

Posted by: SkinEm1 | December 17, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Richie Pettibone for D coordinator

Posted by: coparker5 | December 17, 2009 11:46 PM | Report abuse

All this happy talk is silly. Cerrato was a manifestation of the problem, NOT the problem. SNYDER is the problem and the team won't turn around until Snyder is gone.

Posted by: poguesmahone | December 18, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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