NFC East: Jason Reid
January, 10, 2014
By John Keim | ESPN.com
Thought it would be interesting to take a look at the coverage of Jay Gruden's hire as coach of the Washington Redskins. We get to write something like this, oh, every several years. So here goes:
- This was an interesting take by NFL.com's Michael Silver, looking at the impact of Jay Gruden's hiring on both Robert Griffin III and Andy Dalton. Silver writes that Gruden did not coach Dalton hard and would let things slide, at least in public view. While Griffin might respond better to his style, I know that Griffin still needs to be coached hard on certain aspects of his game.
- Here's my Bengals counterpart for ESPN.com, Coley Harvey, with two stories on Gruden's departure, the first of which says it was time for a change with the Bengals' offense because of the playoff failures. And here are a few quick hit items on the topic. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton and A.J. Green talk about Gruden.
- My old Washington Examiner colleague Rick Snider writes that this time maybe the Redskins got it right by going a different route and signing the hotshot coordinator. And another former Examiner colleague, Thom Loverro, points to Gruden's last name as a reason he's in this position.
- The Washington Post did a nice job with a full slate of Gruden coverage. I'll start with Mike Wise's column, which takes history into account and lets Gruden know if he fails, it's not necessarily a reflection on him. Wise wrote, "You will simply be caught up in a vortex of an owner and a management structure that really, sincerely wants to win but still hasn't shown it knows how." And that's a statement I agree with. I touched upon Gruden's unique path to the Redskins head coaching position in a blog posting Thursday night. But Dave Sheinin is, well, Dave Sheinin, and he writes anything better than pretty much anyone else. So here's his take on Gruden's path. The Redskins got it write, says Jason Reid. And Reid is right when he says Gruden's first task is to fix Robert Griffin III.
- Paul Woody of the Richmond Times Dispatch covered the Redskins in their glory days. He's seen pretty much the opposite ever since, not to mention a number of coaching changes. Woody wonders how well we should get to know Gruden. It is the Redskins after all. But the first day of a new coach also is the time for optimism. Here's where Gruden has a shot as Woody writes: "He's confident. He doesn't pretend to know everything. He has a sense of humor. He's quick witted. He certainly came across as a man who plans to be in charge of his fate, his destiny, his team, his offense and maybe even his quarterback, Robert Griffin III."
October, 6, 2010
By Matt Mosley | ESPN.com
Let's take a quick spin around the division while we await first pitch of Rangers-Rays:
- Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com thinks the win over the Texans could have a springboard effect on the season.
- Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton called the Tennessee Titans "cheap."
- Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News says Tony Romo is in the same class as Philip Rivers and Aaron Rodgers.
- Todd Archer of the DMN says that Doug Free keeps getting better.
- John "The Professor" Clayton is handing out his first quarter of the season grades in the Beast. And yes, we realize the Cowboys have only played three games.
- Les Bowen of the Daily News says the Eagles aren't looking to sign a quarterback or running back at this time.
- Jonathan Tamari says teams shouldn't blitz the Eagles.
- Ashley Fox of the Inquirer gets a second opinion on Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy's rib injuries.
- Vinny DiTrani of The Record says Ahmad Bradshaw's best asset is contributing to his ball-security issues.
- Former Colts punter Hunter Smith worked out with the Giants, according to Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger.
- Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPNNewYork.com fame talks about Eli Manning's recent defense of Tiki Barber.
- Donovan McNabb took all the blame for the dreadful passing numbers in the second half against the Eagles, according to The Washington Post's Rick Maese.
- Jason Reid of the Post says Ryan Torain now sits atop the Skins' depth chart at running back.
- Ryan O'Halloran of CSNWashington.com has some very revealing numbers in this story. It's hard to believe Devin Thomas has played one snap this season.
- Matt Terl, the author of Redskins Blog, has an excellent report on the third annual All-Star Survivors Luncheon. Chris Cooley and Derrick Dockery are to be commended for their leadership roles in an event tailored to help women battling breast cancer. I failed to mention it Sunday, but I thought seeing all the pink shoes and gloves across the league was an awesome way to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.