Friday, January 10, 2014
What they said about Jay Gruden
By John Keim
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.
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."