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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