Bruce Allen: Redskins Looking for Leadership

Anthony BrownCorrespondent IJanuary 4, 2010

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 21:  (R-L) Bruce Allen, the new general manager of the Washington Redskins, talks with owner Daniel Snyder on the field before the game against the New York Giants at FedEx Field on December 21, 2009 in Landover, Maryland. Allen replaces Vinny Cerrato, who resigned last week. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen said at his news conference this afternoon that he was looking for a head coach "who could lead men."

I like it. Head coaching involves game planning and play calling and all that, but coaching is more about executive leadership. Setting direction, motivating the team to commit to it, and holding players accountable are the bigger parts of the role.

Allen said the Redskins were looking for a coach who would embrace Redskin history. Presumably, the next coach will knows the words to "Hail To The Redskins" and will not mention "maroon and black" in reference to Washington.   

Allen said the head coach would be in charge of the football team. He did not mention any names.

We've heard that before about, well, everyone Daniel Snyder hired to run the team. Believe it when you see it.

Allen's reputation as GM is based on his management leadership abilities. The Redskins' front office is sorely in need of it. This could work, but let's contain our enthusiasm until we see results this time.