The Redskins need synchronicity. The NFL can help.
Snyder’s problem is he’s not knowledgeable about replacements. He doesn’t follow other teams intimately to know which assistant general manager to hire. He clings to Allen out of familiarity.
However, the NFL can recommend a headhunter to vet candidates. A new general manager will hire the next coach, who decides the next quarterback. Get these three pieces aligned and there’s a blueprint to rebuilding.
It’s OK to pick another passer while continuing to develop Haskins. The NFL is all about having two good passers nowadays because of injuries. If Haskins isn’t ready, Washington can let its new coach pick his passer.
Of course, it doesn’t always work. Coach Norv Turner gained Heath Shuler after arriving in 1994 and eventually went for fellow rookie seventh-rounder Gus Frerotte. Shanahan gained Donovan McNabb, who was a bust. But, the best chance for success is common goals among the GM, coach, and quarterback. Otherwise, conflicting agendas lead to firings.
Snyder doesn’t like working out of an inner circle, though. That’s not uncommon among the rich and famous who don’t trust outsiders. Meanwhile, has Allen ever hired someone who wasn’t connected to his Oakland-Tampa Bay past?
Washington needs a new look with new people. The question is whether Snyder is willing to do so.