UPDATE (11:17a ET): Bob Glauber of NEWSDAY has same thought I process I do on the Redskins’ abrupt announcement - via Snyder-owned ESPN 980 - of Bruce Allen’s hire:
(In zeal to control message, did scooped Snyder break hiring rule?)
“The announcement that the Redskins had replaced vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato with former Buccaneers general manager Bruce Allen may have been a violation of the league’s expanded Rooney Rule requirements for diversity hiring practices.”
At 9:30am ET this morning Jay Glazer was first to report the possibility of Bruce Allen being hired by the Redskins as the team’s new Executive VP of Football operations - posted at FoxSports.com:
Redskins coaches were told the team is now in talks with former Bucs and Raiders head honcho Bruce Allen to replace Cerrato, FOXSports.com has learned.
It is unclear what job title Allen will be given if they lock him up, but his brother George Jr. is a big player already in Washington, D.C. Their father was legendary coach George Allen.
It’s unclear who the team interviewed to satisfy the Rooney Rule or if such an interview has taken place yet. They cannot hire Allen until a minority candidate is interviewed for the position.
What followed was a predictable response from Dan Snyder’s radio station in DC.
So Tampa Bay did have a successor in mind for the recently deposed Jon Gruden. Multiple sources — FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer and ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas primary among them — are reporting that the Buccaneers are set to hire newly-promoted defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as the team’s head coach, with a press conference coming as early as today.
(Meet the new Chucky.)
The head coaching move comes with the connected move of appointing Mark Dominik as General Manager and hiring Gary Gibbs, a former Saints defensive coordinator, as assistant head coach. Whether he’ll also fill the role of defensive coordinator has yet to be determined.
The moves clear up some major questions about why the Buccaneers fired Gruden and GM Bruce Allen when they did. Clearly, Tampa was afraid they were going to lose Morris to one of the existing coaching openings, and they felt he was the man to take the team forward. That being said, Morris isn’t exactly an experienced head coach. Until weeks ago Morris was only a positional coach, and his adjustment to running an entire team will be striking.
Jon Gruden will be grimacing on the Tampa Bay sideline no more, as the Buccaneers have fired their head coach of the past 7 seasons.
TAMPA BAY ONLINE also reports that GM Bruce Allen has also been made to walk the plank. Here’s the official word from the team’s official website, as presented in the usual official form letter format:
“We will be forever grateful to Jon for bringing us the Super Bowl title, and we thank Bruce for his contributions to our franchise,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer in the announcement. “However after careful consideration, we feel that this decision is in the best interest of our organization moving forward.”
They forgot to wish Jon & Bruce well in their future endeavors.