Redskins Notes: Gruden, Snyder, Allen

Entering their third NFC East game this season, the Redskins are 0-3 and may be close to a regime change. Jay Gruden entered this season atop Las Vegas “first coach fired” lists, raising the stakes of Washington’s game against the Giants. Case Keenum is in line to start again, but Mike Jones of USA Today notes Dan Snyder would “love” to see Dwayne Haskins make his debut. Gruden and his staff do not yet view the rookie quarterback as ready to play. This marks the latest disagreement between the staff and ownership on Haskins.

Snyder pushed for the Redskins to draft Haskins at No. 15 overall, while Gruden wanted the team to address one of its other key needs with the pick, Jones adds. A report circulated in April that Snyder and team president Bruce Allen preferred Haskins while others in the building backed a Daniel Jones pick — though, that turned out to be moot since the Giants stunned most draft observers by nabbing Jones at No. 6 — but it appears the sixth-year Redskins coach would have been fine not taking a quarterback at all.

Here is the latest from Washington:

  • This was not the first disagreement Gruden had with Redskins higher-ups regarding signal-callers. Gruden wanted Kirk Cousins to be retained, but Allen was not on board, Jones notes. Allen and Cousins had a notable falling out, from his “Kurt” references to the ongoing contract negotiations not meeting the former Washington passer’s expectations. These issues have prompted some around the league to question whether the Redskins will ever build a perennial contender while Snyder and Allen are running things, per Jones.
  • Gruden is the NFL’s lone active coach with at least five seasons’ experience to not post a 10-win season with his franchise. He’s also the only one to fail to guide his team to a playoff win. With the again-injury-stricken Redskins coming off a double-digit loss on national television, Les Carpenter of the Washington Post notes Gruden may be coaching for his job against the Giants. Washington has gone 35-47 under Gruden. Since Alex Smith‘s gruesome 2018 injury, which occurred while the team was in first place in the NFC East, the Redskins are 1-8. Washington has former 49ers HC Jim Tomsula on staff, as defensive line coach, in the event an in-season promotion becomes necessary.
  • Blossoming rookie wideout Terry McLaurin appeared on Washington’s injury report late this week. He will join Brandon Scherff in being a game-time decision Sunday.
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8 comments on “Redskins Notes: Gruden, Snyder, Allen

  1. MileHighFan

    The Redskins have almost no talent on their roster and the talent they do have is constantly injured.

    Gruden isn’t head coaching material, but no one could win with that mess.

    • julienk

      Wow, this is one of the most erroneous comments I’ve read about the Redskins this season.

      Are you saying Trent Williams, Adrian Peterson, Chris Thompson, Brandon Scherff, Terry McLaurin, Paul Richardson, Ryan Kerrigan, Jonathan Allen, Da’Ron Payne, Matt Ioannidis, Josh Norman and Landon Collins posses no talent? None of them are injured. The premier talent on the shelf right now is Alex Smith, Derrius Guice and Reuben Forster.

      There is plenty of talent on this roster. For YEARS this has been a coaching issue. And above all, it has and will always be an ownership issue. There has been zero question of it ever being a “talent issue.” Get your head on straight.

      • nsideindy

        I’ll have whatever you are smoking. They’ve had a bad roster for years.

        • yoyo137

          They’ve had terrible coaching for years, which would make any roster look bad.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The Washington Nationals and Capitals have become more relevant to DC fans in recent years so the Redskins seriously need to consider a full scale reboot.

  3. Appalachian_Outlaw

    It doesn’t matter who coaches this team.

    It doesn’t matter how much talent it has, or lacks.

    As long as Snyder and Allen are the key decision makers for the Redskins, failure will always be the end result.

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