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Does Jay Gruden's willingness to joke around hurt him as a coach? One ex-Redskin weighs in

Does Jay Gruden's willingness to joke around hurt him as a coach? One ex-Redskin weighs in

If you're someone who has trouble sleeping, try putting on a random press conference featuring an NFL head coach. Most of those should help you out. Jay Gruden's won't, however.

As far as podium sessions go, Gruden's are almost always interesting because of his honesty and willingness to deliver a well-timed one-liner. Instead of criticizing the posture of reporters or repeating that he's looking ahead to the next opponent, he's usually personable and at times hilarious.

Between that and the way he connects with the guys who fill out his roster — these segments of Gruden wearing a mic at training camp in 2018 are stellar examples of that — he's picked up the label of being a "player's coach," a guy who's more relaxed than many of his peers. 

Now, because of his less than shining tenure with the Burgundy and Gold, many of Gruden's detractors wonder if his laid-back style hurts him as a leader. During a recent Redskins Talk podcast episode, JP Finlay asked former Redskins linebacker Will Compton for his opinion on just that. 

"It always depends on the situation," Compton, who spent time with Washington from 2013 to 2017, told Finlay. "There's a time and a place for everything. There's a time to work, there's a time to have fun. Jay goes a good job balancing that stuff."

While analysts and those outside of the Redskins organization can estimate all they want about how Gruden's personality positively or negatively affects his team, only those who've suited up for him can truly speak to it. So, hearing Compton explain that Gruden balances it well is encouraging.

Overall, the 52-year-old is 35-44-1 heading into his sixth season at the helm. He likely needs a playoff appearance to remain in charge of the Redskins beyond 2019, which is something he openly acknowledged himself

Judging by his record, it's clearly hard to label his stint a success. The fact that he sometimes still struggles with clock management is frustrating, too, as is the team's tendency to come out flat in the most crucial contests.

With that being said, aside from Gruden's first campaign, the Redskins haven't bottomed out. Is that the goal of a top operation? Of course not. But in dealing with quarterback drama, off-field distractions and, lately, insane injuries, he's somehow managed to keep Washington afloat and largely competitive.  

That, according to Compton, is an admirable part of Gruden and one very much worth noting.

"When your back's against the wall in D.C. and you have so much that surrounds the facility and the building," Compton said, "it's hard to keep everything tight and he does what he can keeping everything tight." 


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Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

Dwayne Haskins wants the Redskins to draft another Buckeye wide receiver

The Redskins recruiting coordinator and quarterback Dwayne Haskins wants to reunite with another one of his former Buckeye teammates in the NFL.

On Thursday, Haskins quote tweeted a video of WR K.J. Hill's highlights at the Senior Bowl with the caption "Need em."

After a back-and-forth, the Redskins' first-round draft pick sealed his approval on the draft prospect by tagging the Redskins' team account. 

K.J. Hill overlapped with Haskins for two years with the Ohio State Buckeyes. During Haskins' final year in Columbus, Hill was the No. 2 receiver with 70 receptions for 885 yards and six touchdowns. 

There was a small dip in production for Hill after Haskins left for the NFL, however, he became a bigger red zone target with 10 touchdowns. 

If the Redskins decided to adhere to their QB's requests, he would not be the only former pass-catching Buckeye to wear the Burgandy and Gold. Third-round draft pick Terry McLaurin was also on the 2018 Ohio State squad before making the move to the NFL.

Hill is just the latest player to be endorsed by Haskins since he became the Redskins starter.  Haskins has tweeted support for the Redskins to bring on Chad Johnson as a wide receiving coach, to draft Chase Young with the No. 2 overall pick, and to sign free agent WR Antonio Brown

Additionally, he understandably asked Trent Williams to come back to protect him on the offensive line after Bruce Allen was removed. 

Could the Redskins go and get another Buckeye in the draft?

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Redskins' Tress Way on his Pro Bowl experience: 'I did not realize it was this fun'

Redskins' Tress Way on his Pro Bowl experience: 'I did not realize it was this fun'

The Redskins may just have one Pro Bowler, but punter Tress Way is having an incredible time in Miami thus far.

The second-team All-Pro recipient has been in Orlando for less than 48 hours, but has quickly realized just how fun the week of the NFL's all-star game truly is.

"This sounds funny, but I did not realize it was this fun," Way told's Gabe Henderson on Wednesday on how his week has been thus far.

One of the punter's favorite parts of the week thus far was the basketball shoot-off Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll organized.

"Coach [Pete] Carroll had a shoot-off, had a basketball goal set up and a free throw line," Way said. "He kept calling offensive and defensive guys to come shoot for 30 seconds, and whoever made the most won. The place was going nuts. We had a quick meeting, came out here and did a glorified walkthrough, blasting music, dancing, throwing the ball around. It's seriously so fun, and it's just getting started."

Way, a first-time Pro Bowler, is not enjoying the experience by himself. Several family members made the trek down to Orlando to support the 29-year-old.

"I'm so thankful. This is so awesome," he said. "My whole family is here. I got more family coming. It is definitely surreal."

But perhaps the part Way is looking forward to the most is how he's planning on spending his Thursday evening. 

Way and his family are planning on spending the night at Harry Potter World. The punter never got into the series, much to his mother and little brother's dismay, but plans on going all-in when he arrives.

"I plan on learning all the spells, picking up a custom wand, and having a couple butter beers," Way said. "Really just embarrassing my wife, that's the main goal here. I will be the Master of Death; I will have all three deathly hollows by the time I leave, and pretty much just nerding out the entire night."