August 19, 2019

Washington Redskins: President Bruce Allen Speaks to Media Culminating Training Camp

The Washington Redskins will hold one quick walkthrough in Richmond, VA (not open to the public) before heading back north to Redskins Park in Ashburn for a full practice tomorrow.

Before leaving the state capital, President Bruce Allen spoke to reporters on a number of subjects.

Allen opened by thanking the mayor, governor, and fans for the time they spent in the third year at the Bon Secours facilities. He later noted that the team is still expecting to fulfill their 8 year contract in Richmond even though attendance has been down. Allen explained the drop off in fan support due to the poor season and effects of new location wearing off.

Last year, Allen was crucified by many for his repeated statements that the Redskins were winning off the field after a pitiful 4-12 season. Today Allen again brought up the topic of doing good off the field briefly by announcing the building of a second Play 60 playground. Thankfully he stopped there and discussed improvements on the field. Specifically, Allen stated that “on the field I have liked what we have seen, there is a hunger”.

On to talks about the development of a new football stadium even though FedEx Field is now just 18 years old, Allen discussed that everything is in a preliminary phase. The team is simply trying to get ahead of the “15 year process” that the 49ers just completed going through with the move to Levi’s Stadium.

Allen did not give away if the team was leaning toward DC, Maryland, or Virginia but said they are listening to feedback from the fans; the audience they are building the stadium for in the first place. Allen had a blunt “no” response to a question on reconsidering a name change in order to avoid political barriers that would prevent the team from returning to the District.

Allen gave complimentary remarks about the man that succeeded him as general manager, Scot McCloughan by saying he “is doing exactly what we have hoped for, very consistent in his approach”.

Allen would also divulge more into the process of signing troubled OLB Junior Galette by explaining that McCloughan, head coach Jay Gruden, himself, and “several of our [Redskin] players” met with Galette individually and guidelines were set for his expected behavior as a Redskin. A major prerequisite for the team was making sure the players already on the roster would accept him into the locker room. Galette is still not out of the woods with the league regarding a suspension although the civil suit against him was dropped. Allen said the league has promised to notify teams prior to the final roster cuts scheduled for September 4th.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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