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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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Redskins rocked in home opener vs. Cowboys

Redskins rocked in home opener vs. Cowboys

FEDEX FIELD -- The Redskins looked bad in the second half, again, but didn't start the game too great either in a Week 2 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

One week after a brilliant first half in Philadelphia before a second-half collapse, in their home opener, Washington just got outplayed from beginning to end.

Learning something requires something being worthwhile, and not much is worthwhile for the Redskins during Sunday's loss. Still, we persevere.

  • The Redskins defense is a major problem. In consecutive weeks they’ve given up more than 30 points and been unable to get stops in the second half. Don’t believe any talk of the defense being tired either. In both losses this year the Washington defense gave up a touchdown drive coming right out of the locker room at halftime. 
     
  • There is no run game, and it doesn’t seem to matter who the running back is. Adrian Peterson got 10 carries this week, and while he scored a historic touchdown, he gained less than 30 yards. As a team, the Redskins rushed for fewer than 50 yards for the second straight game. The ground game just isn’t there for the Burgundy and Gold. 
     
  • How about some good news? Terry McLaurin is legit. Jay Gruden called a deep shot for his rookie wideout on the first play of the game, and while it didn’t work, it showed Dallas to respect the speed. He finished the game with five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. In a game with very little bright spots, McLaurin again was one. 
     
  • Where Case Keenum looked great Week 1, Week 2 it was a back to reality performance. He missed a wide-open deep shot to Paul Richardson and held on to the ball too long on one sack. The good news is Kennum again didn’t turn the ball over, but there were a few very close throws. 

  • There were a lot of Dallas fans there. More than half. And by the end of the game, it appeared the only folks that stayed for the final whistle were wearing blue.

 

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Make sure you're wearing burgundy and gold before asking Dwayne Haskins for an autograph

Make sure you're wearing burgundy and gold before asking Dwayne Haskins for an autograph

Redskins' rookie quarterback, Dwayne Haskins is a nice guy, but if you're wearing the wrong jersey don't expect that treatment. 

During the pregame warmups, Haskins decided to show the fans some love and sign autographs before heading back into the locker room. As Haskins got to his last autograph, he grabbed a pen, prepared to sign, but then he abruptly stopped after reading a poster that said "Redskins who?"

The board belonged to a young Cowboys fan, and his father.

No and no. 

Haskins politely walked away with a smile while the fan pleaded "C'mon, don't do me like that!"

Ironically, Cowboys defensive end, DeMarcus Lawrence has been in the headlines all week after refusing to sign the jersey of a young Giants fan. 

Although Haskins is yet to see any regular-season action thus far, he already has a major portion of the Redskins' off-field playbook down. 

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