Redskins tackle Trent Williams raised some eyebrows yesterday when he said that he did not intend to make any changes to his lifestyle in the wake of last years four-game suspension for violating the NFLs substance abuse policy.When asked about changing his ways, Williams said that he did not plan to do so.Were dealing with the program, he said. They take certain amount of measures to make sure it doesnt occur again. But not really.Given another chance to say he was going to alter his lifestyle to help ensure that the measures will be effective, he simply replied, Nah.Williams responses have left some feeling less than confident that he will be able to avoid testing positive again. Such a result would lead to a one-year suspension for the Redskins starting left tackle.On the one hand, it would be nice if Williams stayed home and watched TV and played video games every night. But it just isnt realistic to expect any 23-year-old man to do that, especially one who happens to be a millionaire. Since he is going to go out at night all the team can do is hope that the program works and that Williams is able to make good decisions.Williams future, and, to an extent, that of the franchise, rests on his ability to do so.
Jay Gruden has had the label of "ex-Redskins head coach" for a little more than a week now. Turns out, being out of the sport is already wearing on him a little bit.
"Pretty quiet really," he said Tuesday on the Dan Le Batard show when asked what life's been like since being fired on Oct. 7. "Bored out of my mind."
During his tenure with the Burgundy and Gold, of course, things were the opposite of quiet. Gruden dealt with a stressful combination of losing, injuries, quarterback drama, off-field distractions and front office issues for five-and-a-half seasons with the team.
But still, though he's no longer associated with the franchise, he chose not to take any shots at it, even when pushed to comment about its much-maligned culture.
"I can't say anything negative about the culture," Gruden explained. "When you're a coach and you want to put a team together, you have a vision of what that should look like and sometimes it doesn't match other people's vision and that's where problems occur. But, on the flip side of that, when you are a coach, you don't have GM responsibilities or you don't have total say, then you have to do the best you can with what you're given."
He also had a chance to talk about Dwayne Haskins, the Redskins' first-round QB. Reports have trickled out ever since Haskins was drafted stating that he wasn't Gruden's preferred choice, because Gruden needed to win in the short term and Haskins was a long term option.
Gruden told the show why he didn't insert Haskins into the lineup when he was in charge yet also expressed hope for the passer's future.
"People are excited when you take a guy at 15, you want to see him play right away. But it was our professional opinion that he wasn't quite ready to step in and play in the first five games of the season," he said. "He's very raw, but he's very talented. It will take some time with him. He just wasn't ready when I was there. Maybe he'll get ready in the next coming weeks."
As for what's next, Gruden has an idea. He wouldn't mind the opportunity to "dabble" in TV or radio, but ultimately, he hopes to return to the sidelines.
"I feel like coaching is what I want to do," he said. "It's what I was born to do. I love the game, I love being part of it. I love leading people, young groups of men and trying to get them better and maximize their potential. Unfortunately, I did a poor job of that at Washington, but hopefully I'll get another crack at it."
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There's a new Buckeye in town.
The XFL conducted the first part of their 2020 Draft Tuesday with D.C.'s newest team, the Defenders, drafting quarterback Cardale Jones.
Dwayne Haskins welcomed his fellow Buckeye to town on Twitter, to which Jones replied, "roommates?" "Towels and linen ready," Haskins tweeted back.
Towels and Linen Ready 😂 https://t.co/mcPAUXHEyU— Dwayne Haskins, Jr🌹 (@dh_simba7) October 15, 2019
Jones led the Buckeyes to a National Championship in 2015, leaving Ohio State to enter the 2016 NFL Draft the year Haskins arrived.
Jones' NFL career was short-lived. He was drafted during the fourth round in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, was then traded to the Los Angeles Chargers, cut at the end of this past August, picked up by the Seattle Seahawks and cut two weeks later. After an NFL career that never seemed to materialize, Jones is looking forward to a career in the XFL.
“It’s an opportunity to go somewhere and be ‘the guy,’ instead of being on someone’s practice squad," Jones said in a phone interview with the Washington Post after being cut by the Seahawks.
The XFL and D.C. Defenders kick off their inaugural season at Audi Field in February 2020.
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