Reports surfaced last week that Jay Gruden was "not being consulted" on much of the Redskins' offseason decision-making. That was something that apparently was really frustrating the head coach, too.
On Tuesday, Gruden had a chance to respond to those reports. While speaking to the media in Arizona at the NFL's annual meetings, he explained how Washington executes signings and also that some discord is totally normal.
"Everybody has their opinions, but at the end of the day, we give our reports, we give our recommendations, we have our say," Gruden said. "Guys are signed, we're happy with the guys we signed. In a perfect world, sure, I'd like to have total control. But I don't, that's just not my position and I accept that."
"There's a move or two I might be surprised by," he later added. "But for the most part, I'm on board for all of them. It works out fine. Frustration sometimes may set in from time to time for a move or two, but at the end of the day, I know that I'm on board."
Eric Bickel of the Sports Junkies reported that Gruden found out about the critical Landon Collins signing via a media member, as opposed to knowing about it beforehand. Gruden downplayed that, however, calling Collins' acquisition the franchise's "ultimate goal" in free agency and one he was supportive of.
"I am not in on negotiations at all, so a lot of times I won't know that we signed a guy," he said. "That's just natural."
Overall, improved communication is something Gruden has wanted for some time throughout the organization. With that being said, perhaps this is just the way things have worked and will continue to work in Ashburn.
Regardless of how much his voice is being heard before certain moves are made, though, Gruden sounded much more focused on how the Redskins will win in 2019. He should be, too, considering how much pressure he's facing.
"I'll coach whoever's on the dang field," he concluded.
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