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Allen should be the chief decision maker when it comes to forming Washington's roster.
Owner Daniel Snyder gave Shanahan a large say in personnel decisions and, as expected, the Skins were marred by bad acquisitions in his tenure in Washington.
Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells famously said back in 1996, in regards to coaches picking their players, "if they want you to cook the meal, they ought to let you buy the groceries."
But in today's NFL, the results indicate that the head coach can't put on the general manager hat as well.
Mike Holmgren, Parcells and Shanahan are just a few examples of this very point.
Even Bill Belichick, who's had a long line of success in making personnel moves, has had his struggles of late on this front. This is most evident in his recent failures in the NFL draft.
Ultimately, Gruden wasn't hired because of his eye for talent, that person would be Bruce Allen.
While Allen should be cognizant of the type of players that fit Gruden's system, he should have autonomy in building Washington's roster—that's right, just sign checks, don't make decisions Snyder!
With an experienced decision maker like Allen calling the shots, the Redskins could avoid the Albert Haynesworth-type signings that clogged their cap sheet in past seasons.