- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 15, 2011

General manger Bruce Allen is pleased to talk about Washington Redskins alumni and next Saturday’s Ring of Fame induction ceremony. Just don’t ask him about the product currently on the field.

Allen agreed to chat with reporters on Thursday but dodged questions when the subject turned to the frustrations of a second losing season to start his tenure.

“Well, we’re going to play the Giants and looking forward to it,” Allen said.

A reporter pressed on, asking Allen if he believes the Redskins have made strides.

Instead, Allen steered the topic to former coach Richie Petitbon’s induction.

“I can talk about that stuff at a later date,” he said. “But Richie Petitbon had a special day today and the team is getting ready for the Giants.”

Asked about the possibility of a third consecutive last-place finish, he evaded again.

“We play the Giants, so maybe after the season ask me about that,” Allen said.

And with that the interview ended and Allen hurried inside team headquarters.

Allen often defers questions about the team to coach Mike Shanahan, who has control over personnel decisions.

Last week Allen declined a request for an interview regarding Trent Williams’ and Fred Davis’ drug suspensions.

Petitbon enters Ring of Fame

The team introduced Petitbon as the newest member of its Ring of Fame.

Petitibon was a four-time Pro Bowl safety who formed part of George Allen’s “Over the Hill Gang” from 1971 to 1972.

He later gained notoriety for his role as defensive coordinator during the glory years under Joe Gibbs from 1981 to 1992, a stretch that featured three Super Bowl victories.

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