Bruce Allen filled in for the vacationing Peter King and wrote today’s Monday Morning Quarterback column for SportsIllustrated.com. As is usually the case when he talks to members of the media he didn’t break any news but he did have an interesting story or two to tell.
He tells the story of riding in the back seat of a car in 1964. In the front seat were his father George Allen, then the Chicago defensive coordinator, and legendary Bears coach George Halas. Halas turned around and said that he was going to teach the younger Allen, who was not yet 10 years old, his first cuss word.
"You can only use this word on a really bad person, someone you really hate or who did something very very bad." He then made me acknowledge that I understood, to which I responded: "Yes, Coach!" After what seemed like the longest minute ever, he turned around and said one word with an intensity that I had never seen: "PACKER." And then he added: "Don't tell your mom I told you!"
One could see George Allen doing the same thing several years later with a kid in the back of his car with “COWBOY” substituted for Packer.
Allen does take a few stands on issues, saying that he would be in favor of taking the names off of the back of players’ jerseys and among the five things he looks forward to is the NFL returning to Los Angeles.
Rather than eliminating kickoffs as some owners and GM's are advocating, Allen would like to see them moved to the 40 yard line, where they were until a 1974 rule change.
A couple of lines later under rule changes he’d like to see, Allen writes, “Same as scoring plays, all turnovers should be automatically reviewed.” Uh, the NFL passed that change at the league meetings in March.
There are a few other interesting viewpoints in there, especially what Allen has to say about his boss. It’s certainly worth a read for anyone who follows the Redskins.
Correction: In an earlier version of this article we stated that we thought that Allen meant to say he wanted kickoffs moved back to the 30-yard line, where they were prior to 2011. That was not correct, he did mean to say the 40.