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Need to Know: Is Redskins' Jay Gruden really on the hot seat?

Need to Know: Is Redskins' Jay Gruden really on the hot seat?

Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, January 29, 31 days before the March 1 NFL franchise tag deadline.

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Days until:

NFL free agency starts (3/9) 39
—NFL Draft (4/27) 88
First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 224

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I’m not sure that Jay Gruden’s seat is as hot as many believe that it is. I don’t believe he can survive a 4-12 season and even 6-10 could put him in danger if there are signs that he lost the locker room. But I don’t think that it’s playoffs or bust for Gruden. Dan Snyder hasn’t fired a head coach who didn’t have double-digit losses since Marty Schottenheimer and that was 15 years ago.

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Although I think that Kirk Cousins getting tagged and traded is a scenario that is in play, I don’t see the 49ers giving up the No. 2 overall pick in the draft to get him. Yes, the Vikings gave up a first for Sam Bradford but it’s the 15th pick. Looking at the draft trade chart, the second (2,600 points) is worth about two No. 15 picks (1,050 each) plus a high second rounder. If a first-round pick is involved in a Cousins trade to San Francisco it likely would be their 2018 selection.

Some fans have asked me about the prospect of the Redskins getting Carolina free agent defensive tackle Kawaan Short in free agency. Although he would fill a need as he is a pass-rushing presence on the inside of the line, I don’t see the Redskins biting at the $17 million per year price tag that he should command on the open market.

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The estimate for Short’s deal comes from Spotrac. They assessed the market value for Chris Baker at $7.4 million per year. That’s a nice increase from the $3 million plus incentives he averaged on the three-year contract that just expired. Baker might give the Redskins a slight hometown discount but at age 29 this is likely his last big contract so he can’t go too low. I think they’ll work something out.

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Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

Redskins SVP of Player Development Doug Williams has a 'great relationship' with Dwayne Haskins, he's a fan

While some may be hesitant to crown Dwayne Haskins the future of the Redskins organization, Doug Williams has made his stance on the former 2019 first-round draft pick clear: He's a fan.

“I’m a fan of him. We have a good relationship," Williams told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "Like I tell him all the time, I don’t coach him, but I can coach him on a lot of other things other than on the football field and how to handle certain things. Him and I have a good relationship. "

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As the Washington Redskins SVP of Player Development, Williams has a significant role in the front office. Haskins is one of the biggest prospects taken while he's been an executive of the team.

"I hear all the media pundits and stuff talk about what we should do regarding Haskins," Williams said. "But from what I’ve seen this young man do last year, I can’t see too many people as or more talented than him.”

In Haskins' nine appearances last season, he threw for 7 touchdowns, 7 interceptions, and 1,365 yards. 

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Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Kyle Allen can handle anything, and that includes being the backup

Since Ron Rivera took over as the Redskins head coach in early January, he has insisted on finding competition for rising second-year passer Dwayne Haskins. Rivera found that competition when the Redskins acquired Kyle Allen from the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago, and the two are expected to compete for the starting job come training camp.

Rivera spoke to the local media on Tuesday for the first time since the trade and explained he envisions "a good competition" between the two. But as Rivera went on to rave about Allen's character, it's clear the Redskins new head coach brought in Allen for multiple other reasons besides just competing with the Redskins first-round pick from a year ago.

Allen -- an undrafted free agent in 2018 who started 12 games a season ago -- has played every role a quarterback can possibly have at some point during his first two seasons in the league. His mindset, and the ability to handle different roles and responsibilities, is something that stood out to the new Redskins head coach.

"What he's really concerned about is doing the best job he can," Rivera said. "If he ends up starting and being the guy, great. He'll be fired up about it. And if he's not, if he's in a backup role, he'll be fired up about that as well."

Although there will be some sort of QB competition, the Redskins don't necessarily expect Allen to win the job. Rivera even said as much during a radio interview last week, as the team plans to enter training camp with Haskins as QB1. Others, such as former Redskins tight end Chris Cooley, simply think Haskins is the better player.

But should Allen have to step in as the team's starter for one reason or another, Rivera has full confidence in the 24-year-old. Allen is familiar with new offensive coordinator Scott Turner's system, one he called difficult to grasp but a system that has plenty of potential once learned. 

When in Carolina, Allen spent two seasons in the same room as Cam Newton, someone Rivera referred to is having a "strong personality." Rivera was impressed with how Allen handled himself there, especially with there being constant change at the position due to multiple injuries to Newton and former Panthers QB Taylor Heinicke. 

"Having been around Kyle for two seasons, I've kind of watched him interact with the quarterbacks that were in the room," Rivera said. "He was in the room with a very strong personality in Cam Newton, and Kyle handled himself tremendously. I just know what kind of person he is and feel like he's the kind of guy going into this, he's not threatened by anything."

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Outside of Haskins and Allen, the Redskins still have Alex Smith under contract as the veteran QB continues to recover from his gruesome leg injury. While Rivera has said not to rule out Smith in the past, the move to acquire Allen was something the head coach called "insurance," as Smith is still rehabbing and a ways away from returning to the field.

When taking the Redskins head coaching job, Rivera knew he would be tasked with turning around the culture in Redskins Park, a culture that has not seen playoff success in over a decade. Turning around a culture means finding people that will buy into the team mindset and the overarching goal within the organization, and that's something Rivera thinks Allen will do tremendously.

"He's the right kind of person for that room, and that's what I felt very strongly about," Allen said. "That's why we were able to make the deal with Carolina and bring him in. I just think he's got that real good sense about him, you know, being part of something is better than being an individual."

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