The Washington Redskins’ culture has been THE topic of discussion, most notably, since former Team President Bruce Allen described it as “damn good” back in October. Al Galdi, on the Doc and Galdi Show, asked Joe Banner, former executive with the Eagles, Browns and Falcons, about Head Coach Ron Rivera being a setter of culture.
“That is going to be his greatest strength,” Banner adamantly stated. “And it’ll happen quickly. He’s got that force of personality in a quiet way. And people will jump on that bandwagon and follow him quickly. He’s got that no nonsenseness about him. He’s got a clear vision about where he’s trying to take people to.”
Banner serves as another advocate for Ron Rivera and the confidence he has in him to turn things around.
When Bruce Allen deemed the culture as “damn good”, nobody in their right mind believed the words coming out of his mouth. At the time, the Redskins were 0-5–a sign of potentially another losing season. They had just fired Jay Gruden, the seventh Head Coach to be fired since the turn of the century. The Redskins’ star left tackle Trent Williams was continuing his holdout from the team for how the medical staff mishandled the rare cancerous tissue growth on his head, and the front office calling his bluff. And the Redskins fans, they saw enough and eventually just stopped coming to the games.
“Damn good” though.
Quite frankly, Dan Snyder didn’t believe Allen either. Dan Snyder, with the intent of correcting this “damn good” culture, fired Bruce Allen the day after the Redskins’ 47-16 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. A couple of days later, he hired Ron Rivera, which raised a lot of eyebrows. Redskins CB Josh Norman went as far as to say Rivera’s addition to the locker room would have a “night and day” effect on the culture. And even at Rivera’s introductory press conference, Snyder emphasized “what the Redskins have needed is a culture change. Someone that can bring a winning culture to our organization. That starts and ends with our head coach.”
Now that Dan Snyder got his guy and many are in full support of Rivera, hopefully we’ll be able to describe the Redskins culture as “damn good” during his tenure.