Redskins president Bruce Allen before a game between the Washington Redskins and the New Orleans Saints on October 8, 2018, in New Orleans. (Photo by John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
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It’s time for the Redskins to fire team president Bruce Allen. They should not wait until after the season or even until Sunday, when they host the New York Giants at an empty FedEx Field. Allen’s exit can’t come quickly enough as part of a teamwide teardown.

Just like Green Bay fired coach Mike McCarthy on Sunday to get a head start on finding his replacement, Washington needs to ready a new general manager to pick a next coach, who will then choose the next quarterback. Otherwise, nothing will change for this franchise of fools.

The Redskins (6-6) may not win again this season after quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy recently suffered broken legs. With an offense that can’t score and a defense that no longer stops anyone, a team that was atop the NFC East at 6-3 could end the season on a seven-game losing streak.


Coach Jay Gruden looks on as quarterback Mark Sanchez (6) comes off the field after playing when Coly McCoy went down wit h a leg injury at Lincoln Financial Field. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

While it may be slightly unfair to evaluate coach Jay Gruden given all the injuries, the past five years have proven that he’s not the one to lead Washington to the NFL’s elite. He’s led the Redskins to just one postseason, when they went 9-7 in 2015. There have been too many losses in which the team came out flat. Gruden elevated a bad team to good, but another coach is needed to lift a good team to great.

But picking that coach means finding a new team president/general manager — someone who doesn’t tap into an old-boy network for long shots and has-beens. Allen has been atrocious leading the Redskins. Since he arrived in December 2009, Washington is 58-84-1, a 40.6 winning percentage. Even beleaguered Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld has a better winning percentage here at 44.1 (546-692).

Allen traded for Donovan McNabb and Smith, poisoned the Kirk Cousins situation, couldn’t work with GM Scot McCloughan and recently claimed controversial linebacker Reuben Foster. And we’re not even talking about the Robert Griffin III saga.

[Benefit of the doubt? The Redskins haven’t earned it, especially after Reuben Foster.]

Meanwhile, attendance has plummeted. Are the Redskins still the biggest thing in Washington sports? Barely, but probably not for much longer.

Allen once talked of “winning off the field.” Indeed, the Redskins do lots of charitable events. On the field has been horrible under Allen, though. Why keep him any longer?

Owner Dan Snyder should either sell the team or finally operate it the right way — the Jack Kent Cooke way. Forget hiring a new buddy for the owner’s box. Pick someone who can be an independent GM and find the right coach. Get someone everyone respects and leave him alone. And if that guy fails, then fire him and get another GM, but things cannot go on the way they’ve been since Snyder bought the Redskins in 1999.

The chain reaction is coming: new GM to new coach to new quarterback. And if the Redskins are lucky, maybe a new path to respectability.

Read more from Rick Snider:

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