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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