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History suggests Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky's jobs are safe, but history isn't always right

History suggests Jay Gruden, Greg Manusky's jobs are safe, but history isn't always right

At 0-3 and with statistically one of the worst defenses in NFL history, it seems an entirely appropriate time to question if Redskins owner Dan Snyder will make significant changes to his football team. 

There’s volatility brewing, and it starts with head coach Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Greg Manusky. 

Keep in mind, however, Snyder hasn’t made an in-season coaching change since the 2000 season when Norv Turner was fired after Week 13 with a 7-6 record. That was nearly 20 years ago. And the team has never fired a coordinator midseason in Snyder’s tenure. Washington once added a play-caller/bingo-caller in Sherm Lewis in 2009, but nobody has been fired during the year.  

Think about some of the most embarrassing moments of the last two decades. Swinging Gate 1 and Swinging Gate 2. Cardiovascular fortitude. The nuclear end to the Mike Shanahan/Kyle Shanahan/Robert Griffin III marriage. 

Nobody, not even Jim Zorn, got fired during the season. 

So what does that mean for Jay Gruden?

That depends what happens next. 

Team sources in Ashburn have described an incredibly explosive situation where Gruden and Manusky‘s jobs are on the line next week in New York.

While sources have said Snyder was “livid” after his Redskins got blasted by the Cowboys in Week 2 and that Snyder and Allen stayed at FedEx Field until well past 2 a.m. Tuesday morning after the embarrassing 31-15 loss to the Bears, it seems the staff will remain intact for Week 4. 

There was some speculation that Manusky might get fired after Monday night’s game. His defense gave up 31 points to a Bears offense that barely scored in its first two games. Chicago QB Mitch Trubisky had zero touchdowns in his first two games; he threw three scoring passes in the first half against Manusky’s group. 

The defense was terrible and many of the mistakes have been hallmarks of Manusky's time at the helm. Coverage miscues on intermediate routes over the middle, and an almost surreal ability to give up third-down conversions. Through three games the Redskins are giving up first downs on 63 percent of third downs, which would be an all-time awful mark for defensive futility. 

So why does Manusky seem safe for now? To start with it's a short week. The Redskins play the Giants on Sunday after not leaving FedEx Field until late Monday night or Tuesday morning. 

There's also the question of who would replace Manuksy, and what changes that move would create with the staff. Manusky and Jim Tomsula are very close, and some think Tomsula might quit if Manusky gets fired. That certainly would seem to rule Tomsula out as a potential replacement at defensive coordinator. Defensive backs coach Ray Horton has the experience to do the job, but his group has struggled so far this season. Rob Ryan? His last stint as a defensive coordinator in New Orleans ended with the Saints defense ranked dead last in points allowed and second to last in yards allowed. 

Besides, firing Manusky is little more than window dressing at this point. He has not been good as the Redskins defensive coordinator, but does a lot change if he goes? Probably not.

The situation with the head coach seems different. 

Jay Gruden said earlier this year that without making the playoffs his tenure with the Redskins would end. After the Bears game, the head coach and multiple players were steadfast that the season isn't over and plenty more can happen this year, but on some level, it seems like wishful thinking. 

At 0-3, it doesn't seem like the Redskins are making the playoffs. It doesn't seem like they're going to be anywhere near the playoffs. 

The reality is Gruden will be fired this season. It's just a matter of when. And when that happens, expect an overhaul to the entire coaching staff. 


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Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

Redskins at Packers Week 14: Date, time, TV channel, live stream, how to watch

The Washington Redskins (3-9) take a two-game winning streak to Wisconsin to take on the Green Bay Packers (9-3).

The game will serve as a reunion for a couple of former Redskins. First-year Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Redskins' quarterbacks coach from 2010-2013, and linebacker Preston Smith spent the first four seasons of his career in Washington before joining Green Bay this year.

LaFleur has led the Packers to a 9-3 record, including a 31-13 rout of the New York Giants last week, and Smith leads one of the league's top defenses in sacks. The Redskins took down the underperforming Carolina Panthers 29-21 last week thanks to a dominant performance from Derrius Guice.

The Packers lead the all-time series 20-16-1, however, the Redskins have won the last two matchups, both of which were played at home. Washington's last win in Green Bay came in October 1988.

Here's everything you need to know about their Week 14 matchup:


Who: Washington Redskins (3-9) vs. Green Bay Packers (9-3)

What: Week 14 of the 2019 NFL regular season

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019, 1 p.m. ET

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisc.

TV Channel: FOX

Live Stream: Stream on FuboTV, Pregame and postgame coverage streaming on

Radio: Redskins Radio Network

Spread: Packers, -12.5

Over/Under: 42

Weather: 40 degrees, mostly cloudy


8:30 a.m.: Pro Football Weekly

9:00 a.m.: Redskins Talk: Week 14

10:00 a.m.: Inside the Redskins

11:00 a.m.: Redskins Coaches Show

11:30 a.m.: Redskins Nation

12:00 p.m.: Redskins Kickoff Live

4:00 p.m.: Redskins Postgame Live 


Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 8, Redskins at Eagles (L, 32-27)

Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 15, Cowboys at Redskins, (L, 31-21)

Week 3: Monday, Sept. 23, Bears at Redskins, (L, 31-15)

Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 29, Redskins at Giants, (L, 24-3)

Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 6, Patriots at Redskins, (L, 33-7)

Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 13, Redskins at Dolphins, (W, 17-16)

Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 20, 49ers at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 9-0)

Week 8: Thursday, Oct. 24, Redskins at Vikings, 8:20 p.m. (L, 19-9)

Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 3, Redskins at Bills, 1 p.m. (L, 24-9)

Week 10: BYE

Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 17, Jets at Redskins, 1 p.m. (L, 34-17)

Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 24, Lions at Redskins, 1 p.m. (W, 19-16)

Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 1, Redskins at Panthers, 1 p.m. (W, 29-21)

Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 8, Redskins at Packers, 1 p.m.

Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 15, Eagles at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 22, Giants at Redskins, 1 p.m.

Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 29, Redskins at Cowboys, 1 p.m.


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Dwayne Haskins invites Antonio Brown to play with the Redskins

Dwayne Haskins invites Antonio Brown to play with the Redskins

Can you imagine Antonio Brown catching footballs from Dwayne Haskins in a Redskins uniform? Apparently Haskins can.

Antonio Brown has not suited up for an NFL game since Week 2 of the season. Yet, Washington Redskins QB Dwayne Haskins is all on-board on giving the WR a chance in D.C.

On Friday, Brown posted on Instagram an apology for his actions for anyone that he offended. He admitted to not handling the situations throughout 2019 in the best way possible and called his own actions inexcusable. He also said he is looking to get back to the NFL and mending relationships with the organizations involved. 

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First and foremost, I’d like to apologize to my family, friends and anyone who I offended. I never once meant to make anyone feel like I wasn’t thankful and appreciative of the opportunity that I was afforded to play the game I love. I’ve worked hard over the years to earn a chance to compete in the greatest game on earth. Over the years I was met with challenges and I can honestly say I didn’t handle those challenges in the manner that I should have. Over the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to think about everything that’s transpired and I am deeply sorry to all who I’ve offended. While my behavior was inexcusable, sometimes when people are coming at you with false information and allegations, we handle ourselves in ways that we sometimes regret. I do take full responsibility for my actions and I’m working everyday to repair what I broke. I do know that if I’m ever given the opportunity to play the game that I love, I’m going to work extremely hard to show the world how much I appreciate another chance. To the organizations that I offended, I offer my sincere apology to you and my hope is that you forgive me and help me move on from this minor setback. I look forward to competing and helping a team reach their goals.

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Haskins replied to the post "Letssss gooo bro. AB to DC" with the looking eyes emoji. During the offseason, the pair of them teamed up for a workout before Haskins even made it to training camp. 

The last year of AB's career has been marred in controversy. He basically stiff-armed his way into a trade out of Pittsburgh, had helmet and feet issues in Oakland, and his stint with the Patriots was cut short due to reports of sexual assault.

Brown is still one of the top talents in the NFL despite not playing for the majority of the season. Wide receiver is still clearly a need for Washington. Don't necessarily expect the Redskins to come calling though after Haskins' endorsement. 

The team has had over 10 weeks to pursue the four-time All-Pro. There have been no reports out of Ashburn in that time.