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Can Redskins' Gruden give thanks for his job being safe?


Can Redskins' Gruden give thanks for his job being safe?

It’s Thanksgiving and a coach in the NFC East is on the hot seat.

That’s not a surprise. What is surprising is which coach is feeling the heat.

Chip Kelly got full personnel control in Philadelphia to try to build on the 10-win seasons he put together in each of his first two years in the league. But the Eagles are 4-6 and they are coming off of an ugly beat down at the hands of the Bucs. Many Philly fans hare having second thoughts about handing the keys to the franchise to Kelly after being in the league for just two years.

Adam Schefter speculated that Kelly could be gone when the season ends and now some anonymous sources are saying that the coach has lost the locker room. It would be an expensive split with Kelly due $7 million per year for the next two seasons but if things deteriorate further it certainly is a possibility.

Meanwhile, the coach in the division that was one of the Las Vegas betting favorites to be one of the first coaches fired this year, Jay Gruden, is also in charge of a 4-6 team. But he seems to be far from the hot seat. In fact, his job may be quite secure.

Earlier this week, Mike Silver of NFL Media tweeted out, “I have been told that no matter what happens, Jay is coming back in 2016.” That jibes with the feeling that those of us who cover the team regularly have had most of the season.

Here is a fact to consider—Dan Snyder, who has the ultimate authority when it comes to firing his team’s head coach, has never terminated a coach after the team’s record improved from one season to the next. If the Redskins win one more game, they will have improved on their 2014 record.

In fact, talk that Gruden might not return in 2016 has been mostly fan chatter or a topic for a slow day on talk radio. Early season speculation in the national media was based mostly on what was thought to be a sticky situation that Gruden created by benching quarterback Robert Griffin III and giving control of the offense to Kirk Cousins. But Cousins has been playing reasonably well and Griffin has not created any of the types of disruptions that some anticipated before the season started.

The only quibble I would have with what Silver tweeted is the part about “no matter what happens.” Six games is a long time and a lot can happen. Looking back just two years ago, Mike Shanahan seemed to be pretty safe with six games to go in the 2013 season. But things got ugly in a hurry and Shanahan was gone the day after the season ended.

But barring the unforeseen, Gruden will be back in charge in 2016. Meanwhile the future of that other 4-6 coach in the NFC East is very much in doubt. 

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?


Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 


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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting


The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.