Redskins reportedly suffered ‘mass exodus’ of employees this year
The Washington Redskins have long been maligned by the unflattering reputation of being a dreadfully mismanaged organization, and the news that the NFL team recently suffered from a “mass exodus” of employees certainly fits well into that narrative.
Chris Russell of D.C.’s 106.7 The Fan reported this week that a stunning number of staffers have departed the organization this year.
“Almost 40 employees behind the scenes have left since January, since they fired (Brian) Lafemina and his crew,” the Redskins insider said during appearance Wednesday on The Sports Junkies.
“I’ve been told this by multiple, multiple people. Almost 40 people have left, behind the scenes. We’re not talking about football players or coaches or anything like that. … Nobody wants to work there. It’s a terrible culture.”
Since the close of the 2018 calendar year, the Redskins front office has undergone a massive overhaul, with the firing of President of Business Operations and COO Brian Lafemina, not to mention the departures of Chief Marketing Officer Steve Ziff, Senior VP of Consumer Sales Jake Bye and Chief Commercial Officer Todd Kline.
Such an overabundance of change unsurprisingly left a leadership void in its wake, which perhaps helped spurn the aforementioned mass exodus of employees who previously worked under those who have departed the organization. Meanwhile, Redskins team president Bruce Allen is said to have taken control of the business operations side of the organization.
“Nobody wants to work there,” Russell added. “Nobody believes in the direction and the leadership of that franchise.”
There is also believed to be a split between the Jay Gruden-led coaching staff and Allen, Russell contends, saying coaches think “it’s all a joke and they’re wondering, ‘What the hell are you guys doing?'”
The Redskins have been held up as perhaps the most dysfunctional NFL franchise under the stewardship of Dan Snyder, who assumed ownership of the team in 1999. While there have been instances of some semblance of success on the field during that time, there have been far too many lean years, with much of the blame centered on Snyder’s often-impulsive and arguably ineffective leadership style.