Washington Redskins GM Bruce Allen joined Chris Russell and Rich Campbell on ESPN 980 to discuss the upcoming Redskins meeting and how his team could build on last season’s success and become a 12-win perennial NFL power.
Allen gave a path forward, but cautioned listeners that expecting the Redskins win 12 games every season isn’t what they’re focused on. Their main focus, according to Allen, should be winning the NFC East. And if that means going 8-8 or 7-9, so be it. Why? Because in his mind, the NFC East is “the SEC of the NFL.”
“There’s so many changes in the playoff teams each year — I think half of them change each year anyway,” the GM noted. “And in our division, you know, we’re in the SEC of the NFL. This is the big leagues. I think when the Giants last won the Super Bowl, they won it with a 9-7 record. So we have to keep competing in our division, and that’s what our focus is.
“And if we can hold our ground in the division, we’re going to be ok, because they are elite teams in our division,” Allen continue. “That’s where our focus has to remain. We were successful [last year] — 5-1 in the division — and that leads to good things. I think once again the young talent that we have on the team, they tasted success. As long as they’re not spoiled by that little bit of success, then it bodes well for our future.”
I’ll let you debate the merits of those claims because all I want to identify each NFC East team and their corresponding SEC team.
New York Giants: The closest thing to Alabama in the conference, so I’ guess they have to be Alabama.
Washington Redskins: I’ll go with the South Carolina Gamecocks. They finally look the part, but you can’t totally trust they’ll get the job done.
Philadelphia Eagles: The Eagles are tricky, but I’ll go with Texas A&M. Everyone is afraid of what this team is capable of. But will they reach their full capability?
Dallas Cowboys: The Georgia Bulldogs without question. They’re loaded going into the season every year only to disappoint early and often.