Redskins President Bruce Allen has a theory about his team’s difficult schedule this coming season.
NFC East champions in 2015, the Redskins twice get bitter division rival Dallas on short rest in 2016, opening the season against the Steelers on Monday Night Football, and then hosting the Cowboys six days later on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Redskins — on top of traveling to London before their Week 9 bye — have a particularly daunting stretch to end November. A rematch of their January playoff game, the Redskins host the Packers on Sunday Night Football on Nov. 20, a game which won’t end until nearly midnight, and then, an entire three and a half days later, the Redskins play the Cowboys in Dallas on Thanksgiving Day.
The timing of it all, Bruce Allen says, brings him back to the days when former Cowboys President and General Manager Tex Schramm (1960-89) held sway over the NFL’s scheduling coordinators.
“The Dallas games this year,” Allen told ‘Big Al’ Coleman on ESPN 950 in Richmond. “It was like Tex Schramm was back in the league office again.”
“Twice this year, we have a short week playing them,” he said. “We know Tex Schramm is up there tampering with the schedule makers again. It’s a one-day job for us right now.”
“Yeah, especially, we play Sunday night against the Packers, I think,” Coleman said. “And then have to go to Dallas on Wednesday for a Thanksgiving game. That ain’t right!
“Well, that’s… the Cowboys have a lot of pull in the league office,” Allen said. “Last time we went there on Thanksgiving, we did okay.”