I gave Jay Gruden a chance to create a little buzz for a Redskins season opener that seems to be lacking excitement. He didn’t take it.
Setting up my question, I told him that his team is an underdog at home to a team it has beaten five straight times and that most predictions for the season have the doing about the same as they did the last couple of years. I asked him if he thought people were sleeping on the Redskins.
I thought he might outline some reasons why his team will be better this year, that they’ve made additions on defense that should lift the unit and that the offense will keep humming along and that they had as good a shot at winning the NFC East as any team.
Instead, Gruden took the same sort of wait-and-see stance that many fans seem to be taking.
“I don’t know, I haven’t really asked everybody’s opinion,” he said. “That’s the first I’ve heard about it, so we’re just going to try to go out and do our job. I feel good about this football team and the competitive spirit. I think we’ve improved but time will tell. We’re going to go out and compete and play well and see what happens.”
This may be good. Giants coach Ben McAdoo took the opposite approach, pumping up his team’s expectations. After his team’s practice on Wednesday, he said he liked it. A lot.
“If you take this practice here for a Wednesday in-season practice,” he said, “with this type of energy, we move around and play with this type of energy on a Wednesday in December, January, and February, we’ll be in good shape.”
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If you’re practicing in January, you’ve made the playoffs. Practicing in February means you’re playing for a ring. That is a rather bold prediction for a team that was one and done as a wild card team last year.
Which approach would you rather your coach take? "We’ll see how it plays out" or "make your reservations for the Super Bowl"? Let us know in the comments.