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5 hours after loss to Patriots, Jay Gruden remains head coach of the Redskins

5 hours after loss to Patriots, Jay Gruden remains head coach of the Redskins

Amid rampant speculation that Washington could fire its coach Sunday night following a 33-7 loss to the Patriots, word is Jay Gruden remains installed as Redskins head coach. 

Washington's season has completely unraveled as the team is off to an 0-5 start. The Redskins have already played three different quarterbacks and lost four of their five games by double digits. Sunday, against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots, the team played a strong first half only to give up 21 unanswered points in the second half. 

As the losses have piled up, plenty of reports suggested that Gruden could lose his job.

But according to multiple sources, the team had made no changes Sunday night.

Things could change, obviously, and they could change quickly. Redskins players are not at the facility and aren't due back until Monday morning. It is possible that the front office wants to let players know of the change in the morning before the word gets out. 

As for Gruden, he is not getting caught up in his job status. 

"If the key works on Monday, I’ll keep working," the coach said Sunday after the game. "Go attack the Miami Dolphins and plan on getting on first win next week.”

Even if Gruden isn't fired there are some other options that the front office could force. The first is firing defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, or for Gruden to turn over play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell.

It doesn't sound like that any of that's happening either. 

"This time of the year, you’re not going to install a whole new defense or a whole new offense with all the new people we have around here and some of the injuries we have pilling up," Gruden said. "Consistency is going to be good. We’re going to have to perform better and do a better job.”

One other option for big change remains. The Redskins can name rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins the starter. Gruden has been hesitant to go to Haskins, but at 0-5, the coach's reluctance might not matter if the front office decides differently. 

This story was written at 9:19 p.m. Sunday night. By 9:19 a.m. Monday morning, everything could be different. 

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After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

After two seasons on IR and little production, is Paul Richardson's time over with Redskins?

The Redskins signed Paul Richardson in 2018 to be the deep threat the team lost when DeSean Jackson left via free agency after the 2016 season. It didn't work. 

In two years with the Redskins, Richardson has 48 catches for 507 catches and four touchdowns, and both seasons finished with trips to the injured reserve. Washington, however, paid Richardson handsomely for his work.

He signed a five-year, $40 million contract with the Redskins that guaranteed $12.5 million at signing. To date, he's made nearly $20 million despite never being the team's leading receiver. 

Next year, Richardson will carry an $8.5 million salary cap number, but the team could get $2.5 million in cap relief if he's cut while taking a $6 million cap hit. The final two seasons of his contract have no guarantees and no cap number unless he plays.

If the Redskins wait until after June 1st, 2020, to cut Richardson then the numbers flip. The team would save $6.5 million against the cap and Richardson's contract would only count $2 million against the cap. In fact, the team doesn't need to wait until summer to make the move, but rather can use the Post-June 1 designation that the NFL allows organizations to use to better their cap. This should be the obvious move. 

Considering Washington has made a youth movement at receiver, with rookies Terry McLaurin, Kelvin Harmon and Steven Sims looking like the future, Richardson looks quite expendable. Especially considering the emergence of McLaurin as a potential elite wideout, both with deep speed and route running ability. 

Redskins team president Bruce Allen signed Richardson, but it's hard to know who will be making calls for the organization in 2020. There is much speculation that Allen could be on the way out, and the team already fired head coach Jay Gruden in October. Interim head coach Bill Callahan is not expected to remain in that position next season. 

If Richardson is cut, it's hard to look at the signing as anything but a disappointment. Big money for little production. That's not winning football. 

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Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

Report: Chase Young plans on returning to Ohio State in lieu of entering NFL Draft

The Redskins are unlikely to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, but there is certainly a scenario where the teams that finish ahead of them would be in need of quarterbacks. If that’s the case, then Washington could be in line to select Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, who’s widely considered to be the highest-graded player in the draft.

But in an interview with TMZ, Young said his “plan” is to return to Ohio State for his senior year. Young set a school record with 16.5 sacks and counting this season despite missing two games due to suspension.

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff, slated to face No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28 for the right to play in the national championship. Ohio State hasn’t won the title since 2014, when Young was still in high school.

It’s unknown whether he’d enter the draft if OSU wins it all. For now, Young’s draft status will be something for the Redskins—who will enter the offseason with a plethora of roster needs—to keep an eye on over the next few weeks.

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