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Stephen A. Smith believes Jay Gruden will be fired after the Redskins Week 5 game vs. Patriots

Stephen A. Smith believes Jay Gruden will be fired after the Redskins Week 5 game vs. Patriots

No one around the Redskins organization thought the team would be winless through the first month of the season. But as the losses continue to pile up, and Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said himself before the season that he was coaching for his job, an 0-4 start to the season could expedite the process of finding a new person to take the helm.

On Tuesday's edition of ESPN's First Take, Stephen A. Smith shared that he's been told Gruden will likely be fired next week if the Redskins lose on Sunday to the New England Patriots. 

"Jay Gruden has to go," Smith said. "I'm going to tell you what I'm hearing. Jay Gruden is going to get fired next week. Is it definitive? One can not say so. [The Redskins] do not have a history of letting a coach go in-season. I think the last time [they] did it was in 2000 with Norv Turner."

Just last week, after an embarrassing Washington loss on Monday Night Football, the outspoken Smith called for Gruden to get fired. Now, he's reporting it may happen and believes the sixth-year head coach is giving up on his squad.

"Jay Gruden has quit on the Washington Redskins. Everybody in the building knows it," Smith continued. "They expect him to be fired. He expects to be fired. It's a foregone conclusion as to whether that's going to happen: he is gone. The question is going to be, when?"

If that's the case, then why has it not happened already? Well, Smith believes that since the Patriots, one of the NFL's best teams, are Washington's next opponent, the Redskins don't want to have an interim head coach taking over the team for their first game.

But with the winless Miami Dolphins next on the schedule after New England, Smith believes that would be the perfect opponent for Washington to change directions at head coach against. 

To conclude the segment, Smith doubled down on his statement that Gruden and the organization both know he's gone, it's just a matter of time.

"Jay Gruden knows he's gone, everybody knows he's gone," Smith concluded. "It's just a matter of time when [the Redskins] pull the trigger. But [Monday] night was the first time I heard this could very well happen next Monday after a predicted loss at the hands of the New England Patriots."

Only time will tell if Smith is right, but things don't look good for the future of Jay Gruden as the head coach of the Burgundy and Gold.


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Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

Fines issued to Ryan Anderson, DeAndrew White for hits that injured Olsen, Quinn

The NFL levied fines for unnecessary roughness to the Redskins linebacker Ryan Anderson and Panthers special teamer DeAndrew White after they delivered hits that forced opposing players to exit the game between the two teams in Week 13.

Anderson was ejected for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers tight end Greg Olsen in the third quarter. Olsen exited the game with a concussion and didn’t return. He’s been declared inactive ahead of Carolina’s Week 14 matchup with the Atlanta Falcons.

Redskins fans were disgruntled with the referees for ejecting Anderson but allowing White to stay in the game when the crown of his helmet caught the facemask of Redskins punt returner Trey Quinn. Quinn was also pulled from the game with a concussion and has been declared inactive for Week 14.

Washington went on to win the game, 29-21.

Both players were given the same fine of $28,075 for their respective hits.


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New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

New head coaching candidates uncomfortable with Redskins power structure, per report

The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report. 

Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure. 

“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program. 

The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday. 

While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season. 

It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout. 

What that means going forward remains to be seen. 

Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure. 

"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.

The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations. 

If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.