Sports Dawgs Take Shop: Jay Gruden Gone
7 October 2019 Sports
October 7, 2019
Welcome to the inaugural edition of Sports Dawgs Take Shop. Each Monday morning Randy Woodward and Josh Henry will break down a moment or story line in sports that enthralled us from the weekend. Today’s SDTS topic: The Washington Redskins Firing of Head Coach Jay Gruden…
RW: Well I guess you can’t fire the owner, can you? Someone had to take the fall for the hot mess that is the Washington Redskins Organization. After an 0-5 start, it was not a matter of “if” but of “when” the shoe was going to drop in Ashburn, and the dismissal of Jay Gruden finally happened this morning at Redskins Park. He clearly didn’t have his team’s ear, and probably lost the team when he made Adrian Peterson, last year’s heart and soul of the ‘Skins, a healthy scratch before the opening game.
You know what’s going to happen now? Nothing. It’s already a lost season for the Burgundy & Gold, and interim coach Bill Callahan might as well start the Dwayne Haskins era. That’s the only way this organization will be able to keep Fed-Ex Field from totally being dominated by opposing fans.
The firing of Gruden is merely a band-aid on a gaping wound. The real problem is at the top, and has been for 20 years. More drama and embarrassment is coming, because… you can’t fire the owner.
JH: I definitely agree with you on one point, you can’t fire the owner. The Redskins seem perpetually doomed as long as Dan Snyder and his cronies (looking at you Bruce Allen) remain in power down in Ashburn. Honestly, I feel bad for Jay Gruden. This was a guy who was the next-big-thing after he turned Andy Dalton into an MVP candidate in Cincinnati and had offenses under him and Kirk Cousins put up gaudy numbers at times. Going into this season, barring a miracle, everyone knew that Gruden was a dead-man-walking, and today confirmed that sentiment.
At the end of the day it will be easy for ‘Skins fans to point to Gruden as a major issue with this franchise since he was hired in 2014 to be the head coach. His record with Washington: 35-49-1. That isn’t acceptable for a franchise that has the history of winning and competing that the Redskins do. But you know what else isn’t acceptable? Saddling a coach with an offensive scheme that works, with players who are simply albatross contracts. Refusing to pay a QB franchise money, only to let him walk for nothing in return. Continually undermining a head coach’s decision making through back channels, and draft picks that don’t work for what the team wants to do. At the end of the day, if the front office and head coach aren’t in lockstep with roster making, it won’t work folks.
I knew the last straw with Gruden had broken when videos revealed him in a, let’s call it untenable, position outside of a nightclub earlier last week. But honestly, this might be best for him and the franchise. We knew he was out the door anyway, plus now he gets a long vacation before becoming an offensive coordinator again next year. I won’t be shocked if he inspires players in his new destination, like he did for current ‘Skins RB Chris Thompson, and pumps out a quality offense at an organization that gives him more respect than Dan Snyder, Bruce Allen and the Redskins did.
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