Redskins GM Allen lauds Glazers in MMQB
Say this for Redskins general manager Bruce Allen: he doesn't miss an opportunity to butter up his bosses.
Appearing as a guest columnist for Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback on SI.com, Allen expressed his admiration for the three NFL owners who have employed him -- the Raiders Al Davis, the Glazer family which owns the Bucs and the Redskins' Daniel Snyder.
Allen spent the Fourth of July at a celebration of Davis' life with members of the Raiders family, which spawned this thought:
"During the Al Davis celebration it dawned on me how much I have learned from the NFL owners for whom I have worked,'' Allen said. "The Glazers of Tampa Bay are an extremely loyal and honest family, and are becoming the leading experts on sports franchise ownership around the world thanks to their time with Manchester United. Similar to the Davis family, they have a burning desire to win on the field (or pitch).''
Of Snyder, Allen wrote, "I'm constantly impressed by the active, non-stop, brilliantly quick and witty mind of Dan Snyder. There is no better example of America being the land of opportunity than Dan's story -- a boy growing up rooting for his favorite team each Sunday alongside his hard-working father, then becoming owner of that team and striving for a championship for the fans and community.''
Allen was the Bucs' general manager under Jon Gruden from 2004-08 when the team compiled a 38-42 record.
Presumably, Allen had the Bucs' final say in the NFL draft. During that time, Allen selected one Pro Bowl player among only five draft picks that remain with the team -- guard Davin Joseph, the Bucs' first-round choice in 2006. Running back Cadillac Williams was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2005, but a series of knee injuries derailed his career in Tampa Bay.
Allen took over as Washington's GM on Dec. 17, 2009. The Redskins were 6-10 in 2010 and 5-11 in 2011.
Allen was the NFL's Executive of the Year in 2002 as the team's senior executive. It was the same season the Bucs' defeated the Raiders 48-21. It's well known Davis made all the personnel decisions for the Raiders, but Allen was recognized for his shrewd management of the salary cap that season.
But since leaving the Raiders in 2004, whatever lessons Allen learned from his employers have resulted in only three winning seasons and no playoff victories.