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Dysfunctional Redskins finally fire Jay Gruden

Dysfunctional Redskins finally fire Jay Gruden

Remember when Washington took a 17-0 lead in the first half over the Eagles in the opener? 

Well, it’s been all downhill from there. 

And on Monday morning, after an 0-5 start, the Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden. While the Eagles have, in recent years, been known for their stability, Washington is in complete disarray. 

(Check out the NBC Washington story from J.P. Finlay here.)

I know there are just 32 of these jobs in the world, but who in their right mind would want to coach in Washington? 

Gruden’s best year came in 2015, when he got the Skins to the playoffs for a quick exit after a 9-7 campaign. Gruden might not be a good coach, but he actually didn’t seem like the biggest problem in Washington, at least not watching from afar. It seems their dysfunction comes from the top. 

Anyway, Gruden’s final record with the Skins (2014-19) was 35-49-1. Doug Pederson has coached two fewer seasons and has just two fewer regular season wins.

To start his NFL head coaching career, Gruden was 5-1 against the Eagles from 2014-16. But in the three years since, Washington is 0-5 against the Eagles, including the loss in the season opener this year. 

The Eagles picked up a 31-6 win over the Jets on Sunday while the rest of the NFC East did a face plant: 

• The Cowboys lost to the Packers 34-24 and are now 3-2 after starting off at 3-0. Those are the same Packers the Eagles beat last week. 

• The Giants lost 28-10 to the Vikings as Kirk Cousins carved them up. 

• And the Redskins lost 33-7 to move to 0-5 and fired their head coach the next day despite the overall failure of the franchise. 

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DeSean Jackson fined for Week 1 unnecessary roughness

DeSean Jackson fined for Week 1 unnecessary roughness

DeSean Jackson tried to make sure his emotions didn’t get the best of him last week in the Eagles’ opener. Didn’t work.

And now Jackson’s pockets are a little lighter because of it.

Jackson was fined $10,527 by the league for that unnecessary roughness call, NBC Sports Philadelphia confirmed. Jackson got in a fight with Redskins DB Quinton Dunbar.

It started when Jackson caught his first pass against Dunbar and started jawing. On the very next play, Dunbar hit Jackson, who then retaliated and was flagged and now fined. The penalty was a killer at the time. It turned a 3rd-and-2 into a 3rd-and-15.

But after that penalty, Jackson had a huge game. He caught two bombs for touchdowns and finished his day with eight catches for 154 yards and two scores.

Jackson said getting that penalty calmed his emotions down during the game:

“There is just so much that goes on between those white lines. I caught a play on Dunbar, which is like a young brother to me. I have seen him come up in the system over the years and he came in playing wide receiver and I was playing [defensive back].

“I just knew that matchup was big for him and I just talked some mess after I caught the first pass and he came back and kind of hit me and I just lost it a little bit. It happens and it is part of the game.”

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Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season

Derrick Gunn's 5 games to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season

Here are Derrick Gunn's five matchups to watch for Week 2 of the NFL season.

Vikings at Packers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Key early-season showdown between these NFC North rivals. The Vikes used a ground-and-pound attack to roll over the Falcons with 38 rushes for 172 yards. Kirk Cousins only threw an unheard of 10 passing attempts. Meanwhile, looks like the money the Packers spent this past offseason in free agency and the draft to fix their porous defense paid off. They held the Bears to three points and 254 yards of total offense. The Packers' offense struggled in head coach Matt LaFleur’s debut. You never know what could happen when these two are on the same field. They actually tied in their first meeting in 2018. There will be no tie this time around. The Packers' offense shows enough improvement to slip by the Vikings.

Seahawks at Steelers (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

The bad part of trying to figure teams out early in a new season is you don’t know if a team is as good or bad as their initial outing showed. The Steelers were the last team to beat New England in 2018 — Week 15 to be exact — but they were no match for the defending Super Bowl champs last Sunday and got embarrassed. The Seahawks, hoping their defense can recapture some of that past dominance, got to Cincy QB Andy Dalton five times. The Steelers' run game (just 32 yards vs Cincinnati) is a vital part of their offense. Mike Tomlin's crew will be focused this week. Two physical teams. Only one can be victorious. I like the 'Burgh at home.

Cowboys at Redskins (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Jerry Jones handed out big money to his big-time players this offseason. While Dak Prescott is waiting to get paid, he’s just going about his business. He really gave the Giants' defense the business last Sunday, throwing for 405 yards and 4 TDs. The Redskins' offense, with a new QB in Case Keenum and new WRs, is still trying to find its identity. It started fast and finished slow against the Eagles.  Now their young RB Derrius Guice, who missed all of last year with an ACL injury, is out 6-8 weeks after having surgery this week to repair a torn meniscus. Dallas has won five of their last six meetings with the 'Skins. They’ll improve that to six out of the last seven this Sunday.

Cardinals at Ravens (Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX)

Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson square off for the first time in their young careers. Murray in his NFL debut wasn’t bad throwing for 308 yards and 2 TDs helping the Cards come back to tie Detroit. The negative is he threw 54 passes, which you don’t want him doing against this Ravens defense. Baltimore’s offense put on a show against a young Dolphins defense racking up 643 yards, which included 265 yards rushing and five Jackson TD strikes. Murray will need his track shoes in this one, but the Cards won’t be able to outrun a beatdown in Baltimore.

Saints at Rams (Sunday, 4:25 p.m., FOX)

Just six days after surviving a thriller against Houston, the Saints now have to travel west. Drew Brees and Jared Goff are the headliners, but Alvin Kamara and Todd Gurley are headline grabbers in their own right. Both teams, while known for passing, also take pride in their run games. The Saints rushed for 148 yards and the Rams 166 yards in season-opening wins. Last year in New Orleans these two met and put up a combined 80 points in a Saints 10-point decision. The Rams want some payback and should get it in another close, high-scoring affair.

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