"I think that's a big reason for it. I don't think that anybody in the NFL thinks that Bruce Allen has his job because of his football acumen," Svrluga said on 106.7 The Fan Thursday.
"They've said they're gonna leave the football evaluation to Doug Williams and his crew, so what is Allen's purpose? It's not really to get the new stadium done, I would argue that it is to shield, and deflect, and divert the vitriol from Snyder," Svrluga said.
"The point is on a day-to-day basis, who did people get upset about?" Svrluga said. "On Tuesday, they got upset at Allen: one) Because he had so rarely addressed questions, two) the way he addressed questions."
"The whole point is that, I just spent, you know, 90 seconds talking about Allen and not talking about Snyder. And I think if you're an owner who has been loathed for two decades here, there's some usefulness in that. There's some practicality to having somebody around who might be hated as much or more than you are," Svrluga said.
"When the owner doesn't speak, in any meaningful way, for – as you pointed out – a decade now, which is just stunning. Then it leaves others to fill in the blank and it provides the fan base with even more skepticism about the owner and the direction, than they had to begin with," Svrluga said. "I think that's a huge error on the Redskins part, if Dan Snyder was confident in his abilities to lead that organization, why doesn't he stand up there and explain all of that?"
Allen did not break much news, but was criticized for saying the Redskins were "close."
"No matter how you want to look at the season, we were two games out of it. And the year before, we were one game out of it. And the year before, we were one game out of it. So we have to find the right ingredients to get over that hump," Allen said.
And yet, Allen, who overseas both the football side and business side of the organization, believes the Redskins were close.
"This place has a team president that thinks back-to-back 7-9 seasons means they're close. 'Close to what?' is what we're probably asking," Svrluga said.
"I don't want to be just negative, negative, negative about this team. I would love for there to be real hope," Svrluga said. "This franchise just erodes the hope and positive thoughts you might have because they just give you over and over and over reasons to think negatively and be suspicious of them."