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Latest report on Jay Gruden's frustration is understandable but not shocking

Latest report on Jay Gruden's frustration is understandable but not shocking

The Redskins know major dysfunction.

Scot McCloughan's sloppy dismissal. The divorce of RG3 and Mike Shanahan. Albert Haynesworth vs. The Conditioning Test. The Bingo Caller. Swinging Gate 1. Swinging Gate 2. 

Those incidents highlight true, utter dysfunction within the organization. Monday's report of head coach Jay Gruden growing increasingly frustrated by his role in free agency doesn't touch those episodes, but it isn't good news either. 

Eric Bickel of 106.7 the Fan's Sports Junkies reported Monday morning that Gruden was not involved in Washington's decision to sign Landon Collins and has been kept out of the loop much of this offseason (video above). 

On some level, however, that's not a surprise. 

The Redskins have been fairly open about their collaborative football structure, where the scouting and player evaluation side of the building does not always engage with the coaching staff.

Doug Williams explained just that last Thursday after the press conference announcing Collins' arrival. 

"I don't do the scheme thing," Williams said. 

Williams, the Redskins Senior Vice President of Player Personnel, said that at the Scouting Combine and pre-draft workouts the scheme is irrelevant and that talented players should be able to fit into the existing scheme. 

"When we look at players we look at talent. It's up to the defensive coordinator and the defensive back coaches to scheme him up," Williams said of the Collins' signing. "We're not in the room with the scheme. I don't know exactly what the scheme is." 

That might sound weird, but it's not new.  

Last year, after the Redskins traded for Alex Smith, Williams and Gruden revealed they were kept out of the loop on that deal too. Williams explained then that Bruce Allen makes the trades, and ultimately, the team president makes final decisions in all football related matters. 

Maybe Gruden's frustration level is higher now, but at the end of the 2018 season, the coach touched on the same topic when asked about needed improvements at Redskins Park.

"I think just moving forward we all have to be on the same page as far as personnel, coaching and all that stuff," Gruden said at his end of season press conference. 

It doesn't sound like the personnel side and the coaching staff are on the same page right now, but maybe that's by design? 

For a team with consecutive 7-9 records and no playoff berths in their last three seasons,it's hard to argue the current design has led to much success. Injuries and bad luck have been a factor, but at a certain point, maybe the processes of both the coaching and evaluation side need to be reexamined. 

By the sounds of Bickel's report, that time has come for Jay Gruden. 

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Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

Report: Seahawks cut CB Kemah Siverand for attempting to sneak woman into team hotel

As NFL training camps open, teams are taking every protective measure to ensure player safety. Extensive testing protocols agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA and daily testing until at least September 5 prove safety is the league's number one priority.

But in order for the NFL's plans to work, players have to do their part

On Thursday, the Seattle Seahawks cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand after he was caught trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero. Siverand and the woman, who was wearing Seattle gear in an attempt to disguise herself as a Seahawks player, were both caught on camera.

The Seahawks' quick action shows how serious teams are handling COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Pete Carroll is sending a clear message that actions that put the entire team at risk will not be tolerated.  

Fans got a glimpse of what the NFL's safety protocols were like during Hard Knocks this week. The quick decision to cut Siverand shows that irresponsible action won't be tolerated as the NFL season approaches.

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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