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Providing No Clarity

March 27, 2017
Give Bruce Allen and the Redskins (make no mistake about it, they are one in the same) for one thing.

After weeks of silence including an opportunity to be semi- candid at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the Redskins grand puba met with the media in a series of one-on-one conversations Sunday at the league meetings.

He said he fired former general manager, Scot McCloughan, because the team needed ‘clarity.’

Certainly, that is true. The Redskins needed to end the charade of trying to protect McCloughan and allow him to re-organize his life, while remaining employed.

However, the Redskins needed clarity the day before that too or earlier that day, before the league’s new year began. Why didn’t they provide clarity until 7:15 on a Thursday night, a little more than three hours after free agency began?

I think I know the answer. They weren’t going to fire McCloughan until he kept shooting himself in the foot with leaks to the media, pictures of him in full Redskins gear while walking his dog and getting a turkey sandwich. They were enraged over Jessica McCloughan flashing Super Bowl rings and taunting the organization. 

They weren’t happy with his agent saying his situation was not alcohol related the morning of the firing and they snapped.

So, the Redskins fired him and perhaps provided clarity to an organization but refused to provide any clarity to the people that matter the most.


The fans that pay thousands and thousands of dollars to support the franchise and put millions and millions of dollars in the back pockets of Dan Snyder, his co-owners, Allen, Jay Gruden, the players and other executives.

YOU received no clarity at all. I know the reason why Scot McCloughan was fired. I’ve explained many of the reasons here. There’s more that I am not at liberty to say because some of it was told in an off-the-record setting.  

Many think the media is mad at Bruce Allen and the Redskins for many reasons. I can’t tell you that it is not extremely frustrating to get the run-around and get repeatedly lied to over the years.

I’ve just accepted that.

YOU deserve better. The Redskins are inconsistent enough on the field that they should have a burden of transparency to YOU, the long-suffering fan who has seen your team ridiculed by many in the national media for many football reasons and many non-football platforms.

That makes sense right.

Bruce Allen’s rationale of ‘sometimes things don’t work out’ is cute and somewhat correct, but that’s what you say when you hire somebody who wins four games a year.

Not when you hire somebody who helps you win 17 games in two years and a division title. The Redskins should have won even more than that.

As I’ve mentioned repeatedly, the reason why the Redskins face the scrutiny that they do, is because they stick their foot in dog-poop all the time and refuse to clean their shoes off, before walking all over your new carpet.

The way they handle everything is enough to drive you certifiably insane.

Some fans don’t want to know more or need to know more. That’s their choice. If you want to blindly support a product, you can do what you want to do.

The Redskins are a private organization in a public trust. For a long time, they’ve done absolutely nothing to earn that trust. Days like Sunday, months like March and off-seasons like this one are the reason why. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight seasons for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five years. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network ( & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN