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Redskins' changes are apparent, right from the top

After a great vacation in Los Angeles with my wife and kids, I'm back at work and eager to cover this weekend's voluntary three-day minicamp at Redskins Park.

Coach Mike Shanahan and General Manager Bruce Allen continued to reshape the roster and front office during my time away, and my guy, Rick Maese, was great as usual in staying on top of the news. After years of mismanagement, owner Daniel Snyder finally acknowledged he needed to make major changes, and the football operation already appears much stronger in the hands of Shanahan and Allen.

Snyder has reduced his presence at the complex this offseason, and players no longer are permitted to walk into his office to voice their concerns, according to several team employees. Many veterans have been turned away and told they now must speak with Allen, who doesn't believe in "suggestion" boxes.

Snyder also made another important move in an effort to improve the professionalism of his organization, hiring the widely respected Tony Wyllie as the Redskins' new senior vice president. Wyllie, formerly the Houston Texans' top public relations official, brings more credibility to the franchise.

In the past six seasons under Snyder, the Redskins have finished last in the NFC East four times and had many more player-personnel and off-field blunders than playoff appearances (two) or victories (one). But in bringing in Shanahan, Allen and Wyllie, Snyder clearly is trying to make the Redskins into something they have not been during his tenure as owner: a well-run, professional operation.

Shanahan, Allen and Wyllie are proven NFL people who have enjoyed great success elsewhere. They devise plans and follow through on their vision. Of course, there are no guarantees, and they could fall short in their attempt to restore the Redskins to prominence. But they have philosophies that have been proven successful, and that's an improvement for the Redskins.

By Jason Reid  |  May 6, 2010; 3:11 PM ET
 
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Big ups to Dan for trying to make it right.

Posted by: RedDMV | May 6, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Well you can add the items discussed in this post to the list that had been compiled before:

New Snyder > Old Snyder
Wyllie >> Swanson
Allen >>>>> Cerrato
Shanahan >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Zorn
Haslet > Blache
McNabb >>> Campbell
Portis/Johnson/Parker >> Portis/Betts/Ganther
Williams/Hicks >>>>> Heyer/Jones

12-4 > 4-12

Holler

Posted by: psps23 | May 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

@ mattsoundworld


That was a very good attempt to argue with facts. But sorry my son not good enough. Now let me school you on a little something that us blogging folk call "football"

Urlacher and Fletcher are what we refer to as "Middle Linebackers" and no middle linebacker in the history of the game has ever been known for pass rushing, That's why we compared "Outside Linebackers" those are the guys who get after the QB. Why do you think you see so many Defensive ends(pass rushers) convert to LB when they leave college and go to the NFL.
ex:Terrel Suggs, DeFagget Ware, Brian Osakpo etc......

So stay outta grown folks conversations and come to papa when you need another football lesson....

Because it looks like the only colossal failure is your knowledge of the game...

Posted by: casavaLeafs | May 6, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

So what is so superior about Ware's production to LaVar's???

Posted by: p1funk | May 6, 2010 2:12 PM

Did i mention in 1 less year Ware has tripled Levar's Sack total also Ware has not missed 1 game for the cockboys vs Lavar missin an average of 4 games a season(extremely superior production)?

You fail to mention that Lavar Arrington's "3" peak seasons are his "only" good seasons. So if all you expect from a 1st round 2nd pick is 3 solid seasons then maybe football is not your strong point because "round deez parts datz wut we call a bust....bruva" so go work on your English paper...any more brain busters???

Posted by: casavaLeafs | May 6, 2010 2:58 PM

Posted by: casavaLeafs | May 6, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Welcome back, J Reid.

Posted by: heyjoe728 | May 6, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like The Owner is trying to put an end to some of this past decade's baphoonery, maybe kick back and enjoy the game instead.

The best part is "talk the Bruce Allen's suggestion box." I suspect that old habits will die hard, but in the end, I think it will mean that The Owner will be able to enjoy watching the games more.

Posted by: dcsween | May 6, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

"Because it looks like the only colossal failure is your knowledge of the game..."

You better learn yourself. You're comparing a 3-4 WLB with a 4-3 SLB, two entirely different positions. It's almost as bad as comparing Richard Seymour to Dwight Freeney, then declaring Seymour a colossal failure because has not, could not, and never will approach Freeney's numbers in rushing the passer, almost entirely due to their differing responsibilities.

Anybody declaring Arrington a bust for any reason OTHER than his luck with injuries has little ground to stand on when it comes to football acumen. As a player, no, he wasn't as good as Demarcus Ware -- but he was damn close in his prime.

Posted by: psps23 | May 6, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Once again we're all pi$$ing Skittles in the offseason.

Posted by: Original_etrod | May 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Original_etrod | May 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Is that meant to say you think we're going to suck again?

Posted by: psps23 | May 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Is that meant to say you think we're going to suck again?

Posted by: psps23 | May 6, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

No, but I'm not reserving my playoff tickets just yet either.

Posted by: Original_etrod | May 6, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Damn Jreid... way to overstate the completely obvious.

Many up here know this right from the get go of Allens tenure, w/o benefit of unfettered access to The Park.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | May 6, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

REDSKIN VETERANS TURNED AWAY

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

Reports circulating around Redskin Park is that there has been a significant change in the way player grievances are handled. According to unnamed sources, Clinton Portis was thrice prevented from entering Daniel Snyder's office by a Mike Sellers popup blockade. The same source indicates after the first encounter with the Sellers' doll, Portis came back dressed up as a Lioness. After Sellers successfully blocked Portis' second attempt, Portis was heard muttering "Damn fool he be blocking me. Where he be last year?"

On the third attempt Clinton dressed up as Clintina and tried to sweet talk the Sellers' doll and the doll fell forward into Clintina's tightly wrapped jewels and he/she fled in shame never to re-appear.

In other news about Redskin veterans finding access to Snyder more difficult than a Nun's virginity, Fat Haynesworth found himself face to face with a Shanny Popup blockade. We're hearing that there is bad blood between Shanny and Fat Haynesworth and Haynesworth attempted to urinate on the Shanny Doll but he found out it was electrified. It is unlikely that Haynesworth will show Shanny anymore disrespect if he enjoys living through the season.

IN OTHER REDSKIN NEWS

Any team who comes to play at Fed Ex field will find its fans treated like a non-approved broadcast crew. All towels and other shows of team pride will be confiscated.

Albert Haynesworth has had a provision inserted into his contract where he can't fake flop on the field because his fat arse is tired. He'll have to personally come to Shanny on bended knee and beg for a break.

Word from Redskin park is that Jason Campbell still hasn't been freed from Redskin park. Apparently his immobility in the pocket was due to him forming roots in the ground and a tree surgeon will have to be called in to send him to Oakland.

And finally, apparently that Cowboy player, Ware, Mr Offsides, will find he's not getting a free pass if he tries that against the Redskins. Apparently if he isn't penalized and is offside, Ware will find his knees far game. Apparently the Redskins aren't even considering allowing repeat offenses.....

Posted by: laserwizard | May 6, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan no fool, he'll keep Haynesworth, in fact the plethora of D-lineman signings are not competition for Albert but to help keep him and others fresh, Albert should ask how Sapp made that transition from 4-3 Dt to 3-4 DE successful, he had 5 in 2005 and 10 in 2006

Posted by: Istudydrugs | May 6, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis was thrice prevented from entering Daniel Snyder's office by a Mike Sellers popup blockade"

lol

Posted by: RomoLongballs | May 6, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I have been reading a lot about some players being called a bust or unproductive. Most of you fail to look at or to understand that when a player is brought in on what he accomplished in the past and then not allowed to play as he had been playing with his former team, his results will be different. Let's look at Haynesworth for instance; in college and with the Titans, he was allowed to penetrate across the line of scrimmage and cause havoc with targets of oppotunity. In Blanche's system, he had to sit tight and "control" his gap. His presence on the field allowed others to get some sacks. Much has been said about Blanche's defense, but the truth is because it was so passive it was an under achieveing defense. With a little aggression, they could have gotten more turn overs and prevented some of the late game comebacks by their opponents.
You should look at the facts before you make some of the dumb post put here. For those of you who actually watched the Skins during the Gibbs "1" era, Gibbs had a not so good year his first year. Following the advice of Joe Bugel, he took a soso journeyman back and turned him into a Hall of Fame running back. Bugel's suggestion was this "forget the air attack", you have a dorminate offensive in those hogs and your have a big back with some speed so let's start ramming the running game down everybody's face. The results, a running back with nothing to his credit be came the "diesel"; but Riggins was not the only running back to succeed behind the HOGS. The offensive game plans were built around the strenght of the offense the offense line. The defense was also built around a very good defensive line (Manley, Grant, Butz, Mann and very good little defensive back name Green. A very good example of scheming your game plan the strenght of your players.

Posted by: rabanathey | May 6, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

That was too much suck up, Jason.

I think it's great that DMS isn't planning on actively undermining his coaching staff by meeting with players separately anymore. Hopefully he'll stay away from Redskins Park a lot too as you say he is now. But is he different? Redemption stories are great but there isn't one here, not yet, not by a long shot. The smart money still says DMS is still a jerk and a dumas$ who has been temporarily humbled. It will take many years of positive change to erase that impression.

Take it easy there.

Posted by: Pepper5 | May 7, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Just for the record, Bruce Allen has not "enjoyed great success elsewhere" and Mike Shanahan has not enjoyed great success when being in charge of personnel decisions.

Kudos to Danny for at least hiring people that have business in the NFL (Hi Zorn & Cerrato), but I hardly think we're looking at the next Banner/Reid or Pioli/Belicheck

Posted by: smutsboy | May 7, 2010 9:18 AM | Report abuse

So sick of people criticizing Shanny/Allen. Let them do their work people !!! They have a plan, allow them to execute it before you shoot them down. And Ceratto's mess will not be fixed overnight. I have patience. Things are obviously being run differently. Seeing Snyder back off is a good sign. I'd be happy with a competitive 8-8 or 9-7, with teams not wanting to face us near the end of the year.

Posted by: scoot21 | May 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

So sick of people criticizing Shanny/Allen. Let them do their work people !!! They have a plan, allow them to execute it before you shoot them down. And Ceratto's mess will not be fixed overnight. I have patience. Things are obviously being run differently. Seeing Snyder back off is a good sign. I'd be happy with a competitive 8-8 or 9-7, with teams not wanting to face us near the end of the year.

Posted by: scoot21 | May 8, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm concerned because our RBs and WRs suck. Gonna be another long year with this group of offensive weaponry.

Posted by: Rex91 | May 8, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Points of misinformation-Posted by: rabanathey | May 6, 2010 7:50 PM

Misinformation Point 1, "he took a soso journeyman back and turned him into a Hall of Fame running back."

Riggins was NO journeyman. He WAS a pioneering precursor to Free Agency, but that's another story for another day.

Riggins player for TWO teams. The New York Jets 1971-1975 (5 seasons), and the Washington Redskins 1976-1985 (9 seasons).

He left the Jets over pay issues because he was one of the top 10 RBs in the AFC.

Riggins secured 3,880 (35.14%) of his 11,352 career yards while with the Jets. Was voted to Pro Bowl in 1974 w/ the Jets, and was All Pro in 1983 w/ Washington.

Something to remember; he played for the Jets BEFORE the 16 game season, too. and STILL had seasons of 944 & 1005 yards.

Riggins was a stud RB from the get go.

Misinformation point 2, "Bugel's suggestion was this "forget the air attack"...".

Actually, the offensive coordinator, Gibbs, AND Bugel all met and decided that since the team had no dominant WR deep threat, and their current crop of O-linemen were ill suited to prolonged/sustained pass blocking...perhaps it would be best to use the run game to set up the short passing game, which would then allow for one or two good opportunities a game to take a shot at the "big" play (often a gadget play of some kind...usually a flea flicker, end around, reverse, etc. or a mismatch that might develop against one of the opponent's DBs) depending on how they were able to move the ball against the opponent that week.

Misinformation point 3, "The offensive game plans were built around the strenght of the offense the offense line."

ACTUALLY the offensive game plans were built around the TEs, fullback, and the line (while it had the same core components for years) was always a work in progress [Grimm's position shifts, Bostic in, out, and back in at center, etc...].

Sooooooo, to borrow a now QUITE ironic line from your own post, "You should look at the facts before you make some of the dumb post put here."

Don't make crap up, do your research, lazybones.

Peace!

TM

Posted by: ThinkingMan | May 8, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

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