Talk about being a hot mess.
A recent report from the Washington Post suggests that senior Washington Redskins officials, including general manager Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Snyder, could very well make the decision to part ways with first-year head coach Jay Gruden following the end of the 2014 regular season.
The report by the Post’s Jason Reid tells us a story of another battle between a head coach and the organization in D.C. In short, the idea here is that if management isn’t fully committed to moving on from enigmatic signal caller Robert Griffin III, it will decide to cut ties with Gruden instead.
Less than a year after a showdown over Robert Griffin III, another appears to be brewing. Jay Gruden’s desire to part ways with the ineffective quarterback may put him at odds with owner Daniel Snyder and President and General Manager Bruce Allen, potentially leaving the Washington Redskins searching for a coach yet again.
The reports goes on to quote a team officials as indicating Gruden could be “one and done.”
The only real surprise here is that Washington might not be fully prepared to give up on RGIII, who was among the most ineffective quarterbacks in the NFL before he was benched in lieu of Colt McCoy following the team’s Week 11 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, a game that saw Washington pick up 77 net passing yards.
By now it’s well documented that Gruden himself is pretty much done with RGIII as the team’s quarterback. And less than a year after being hired to turn the former No. 2 overall pick into a franchise signal caller, the experiment seems to already be an utter failure.
As it relates to Gruden’s performance, he seems to be in over his head. Washington is 3-9 on the season and the coaching is one of the primary reasons for this. A hiring that looked questionable when it was announced seems to look even more questionable 12 games into Gruden’s first season.
If the Redskins do choose RGIII over Gruden, it would represent the second time in as many seasons that the Redskins have fired a head coach that seemed to have both off-field and on-field issues with the quarterback. The comparisons between Gruden’s situation and that of Mike Shanahan’s from a year ago are real. There seems to be a ton of disagreement between Gruden and the brass in D.C as it relates to the quarterback position.
And in reality, there is no reason to believe that RGIII and Gruden can coexist. This means that a decision has to be made one way or another.