WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Redskins president and general manager Bruce Allen addressed media Wednesday, three days after his team concluded a 4-12 regular season, and roughly thirty minutes after the organization had announced a “mutual” split with longtime defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.
Many questions were asked of Allen, fielding questions for the first time since the 2014 preseason, but one inquiry in particular yielded a particularly intriguing response.
“Bruce, why is this organization in better shape now than when you inherited five years ago?” one reporter asked the general manager.
“Well, I think we’ve done a lot of things as an organization that have improved, but we’re going to be based on our win-loss record on the football field,” Allen answered. “It’s hard to stand here and tell you that 4-12 was a good season. I couldn’t even try to do that. It was frustrating as it can be, and week to week, it eats away at your core when you lose.
“But we’re going to make sure everyone understands that that’s not acceptable, and that everybody is working together in order to get success on the football field, and off the football field. I do think our charitable foundation does a fantastic job.
“We’re winning off the field, but we’ve got to start winning on the field.”
True, it is hard to say the Redskins’ 4-12 outcome was a good season. In fact; their combined 7-25 record over the past two seasons is the franchise’s worst two-year mark since 1993-1994 (20 years ago, coming off a playoff victory in 1992, and the franchise’s third Super Bowl title the year before).
It would also be a fact to say the Redskins are 28-55, on the field, since Allen was brought on board as the Redskins’ general manager in Dec. 2009.
It’s unclear which unit of measurement by one would tally off-field success (wins? charitable donations? ticket sales? number of headlines?), or how one would even go about fact-checking such a statement, but after the franchise has now successfully bottomed out in the NFC East division for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, and the eighth time in the past 11, fans can rest assured, at least the Redskins are winning off the field, according to team president and general manager Bruce Allen.
Meanwhile, for on-field winners, the NFL Playoffs begin Saturday.