Despite coming off a disappointing 3-13 campaign in 2013, the Washington Redskins have promoted general manager Bruce Allen to team president.
The Washington Times' Zac Boyer reported the news Monday on Twitter:
The #Redskins announced Bruce Allen has been promoted to the role of team president while also holding the title of general manager.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) May 26, 2014
In a press release, team owner Dan Snyder praised Allen's work since joining the franchise in December of 2009:
"I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate," #Redskins owner Dan Snyder said in a press release.— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) May 26, 2014
Allen was named the Redskins' executive vice president and general manager on Dec. 17, 2009, following stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.
How will Washington fare in Allen's first year as team president?
Although Washington has gone a combined 24-40 in the four seasons since Allen took over as general manager, the team won the NFC East division for the first time in 13 years in 2012, also reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2007 that year.
Allen also played a key role in the acquisition of quarterback Robert Griffin III, who generated plenty of buzz around the nation's capital during a riveting rookie campaign two seasons ago.
In a brand new dual role, Allen will be faced with even more pressure to field a winning product. That pressure is intensified by the fact Washington is coming off its worst season since 1994, didn't have a first-round draft pick in 2014 and is set to begin a new era under first-year head coach Jay Gruden.
NBC Sports Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio explains what Allen's promotion could mean for his future:
It’s unclear how, if at all, Allen’s job will change. But it’s clear that, in the wake of the failed Shanahan experiment, Allen has emerged with more power than ever.
With more power comes more accountability. Allen could be the next up for a pink slip, if the Redskins continue to stumble and sputter and otherwise be mediocre.
Washington will enter the 2014 NFL season in the midst of an eight-game regular-season losing streak and is still staring down multiple question marks on defense. The Redskins ranked 20th against the pass and 17th against the run in 2013 and surrendered 478 total points in 16 games, just two points better than the NFL-worst Minnesota Vikings.
While Allen's promotion is unlikely to have a significant impact on the franchise's direction seeing as he was already in a powerful decision-making role, it certainly speaks to the confidence Snyder has in him to restore the Redskins to glory.
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