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Black Monday: Who's on the Hot Seat in 2019? Who gets fired?

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1 minute ago, ShakeThatMonkey said:

This is a classic!

Thanks, took a lot of thought and planning to make it... well, took about 3 minutes lol

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Will Redskins fire Jay Gruden? An emotional Chris Thompson seems to think so

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Many left FedEx Field on Sunday after the Redskins' 33-7 loss to the Patriots wondering whether Jay Gruden would still be Washington's coach come Monday morning. Gruden himself apparently was among them.

"If my key works on Monday, (I'll) keep working," Gruden told reporters after the game. Most seem to be expecting the key not to work.

Reports of Gruden's inevitable in-season firing have been swirling for weeks. The 52-year-old on Sunday fell to 0-5 in his sixth season as Washington's coach. Overall, the loss dropped his career coaching record to 35-49-1. The Redskins entered the game ranked 28th in scoring offense and 31st in scoring defense this season.

The numbers paint an ugly picture for Gruden. The actions of at least one Redskins player after Sunday's game make the coach's outlook even gloomier.

Washington running back Chris Thompson, who had four rushes for 21 yards and five catches for 17 yards against New England, broke down into tears when asked about Gruden's job security.

"I feel like he was one of the guys that really believed in me," said Thompson, notably speaking in past tense as if he knew something the reporters didn't know regarding his coach's future. "(He) wanted me to stay here and be with him through his whole legacy here as a coach."

According to Mitchell Tischler of NBC Sports Washington, Redskins owner Dan Snyder and team president Bruce Allen left the stadium in an unusually quick fashion after Sunday's game. Gruden told reporters nobody had spoken to him about his job as of late Sunday afternoon.

"I don't have a concern," the coach said.

He probably should. Last week, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith reported "everybody in the building knows" that "Jay Gruden has quit on the Washington Redskins. ... 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."

Gruden was hired as Washington's coach in 2014, when he took over for Mike Shanahan. The Redskins during his tenure have made the playoffs once; they won the NFC East in 2015 with a 9-7 record before losing to the Packers in the wild-card round.

 

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Gase is down to his third string QB but he is also an awful coach. I wonder if he will be one and done with the Jets

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10 hours ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

 

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If that were to happen, I wonder if there's a futures market for popcorn.

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5 hours ago, Mat said:

Gase is down to his third string QB but he is also an awful coach. I wonder if he will be one and done with the Jets

Gase was the OC when Peyton went to the Broncos correct? I'm trying to remember why he was sought out by teams

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Redskins fire Coach Jay Gruden after 0-5 start

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2019/10/07/redskins-fire-coach-jay-gruden-after-start/

Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has been fired, according to multiple people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Gruden was summoned to the team’s facility in Ashburn at 5 a.m. Monday morning by owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen, who informed him of the decision.

Bill Callahan, previously the team’s offensive line and assistant head coach, will take over as interim head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

He had been the longest-tenured Redskins head coach in the two decades that Daniel Snyder has owned the franchise, but his 35-49-1 record in a little more than five seasons and the team’s inability to make the playoffs more than one time ultimately cost him his job.

His fate was sealed by an 0-5 start to this season, with Sunday’s 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots being the final blow.

Though Snyder had been more appreciative of Gruden than many of his other head coaches, the team’s owner has been described as increasingly frustrated over Gruden’s inability to get back to the playoffs after winning the NFC East in 2015. Snyder decided to keep Gruden in January after the team finished 7-9 for a second straight season, but told associates he would make a change if Washington lost four games early in the season.

"Dan’s just fed up,” a person familiar with Snyder’s thinking said this summer.

Snyder chose not to fire Gruden after a Week 4 road loss to the New York Giants, but decided to make the move coming out of the Patriots loss and ahead of a road matchup with the winless Miami Dolphins. Snyder and Allen left FedEx Field almost immediately after the loss to New England Sunday.

In the locker room after Sunday’s defeat, Washington running back Adrian Peterson expressed frustration over the team’s performance.

"It’s clear that something has to change,” Peterson said. "That’s one thing you do know, because we are 0-5. We haven’t won. We haven’t been productive as an offense. You got to go back to the drawing board and say, ‘Okay, as a coaching staff . . . what can we do better to put our players in better position to be productive as an offense, to be better as a defense?’ It’s their job to do that. We 0-5. What we’ve been doing, obviously, isn’t working.”

Gruden, who had been an offensive assistant for his brother Jon with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and later the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, was seen as one of the league’s brightest offensive minds when Snyder hired him in 2014. Early on, his offenses did well, especially late in the 2015 season when quarterback Kirk Cousins led a late-season run to the division title and in 2016 when Washington had the third-most yards in the NFL.

But his teams often had defensive breakdowns. He had three defensive coordinators in less than six years and while the defense was supposed to be the strength of the team the last two seasons, Washington struggled to make key stops late in games.

Mostly, though, his teams were damaged by critical injuries, none more devastating than quarterback Alex Smith’s likely career-ending broken leg in November 2018. At the time the Redskins were 6-3 and seemed headed to the playoffs. But then Houston’s J.J. Watt landed on Smith, causing the quarterback’s leg to snap — an injury that ultimately required several surgeries to remove infections.

Two games after Smith went down, backup quarterback Colt McCoy broke his leg as well, and Gruden had to finish the season with two quarterbacks who had been out of football. Washington finished the season 1-6 and is 1-10 after Smith’s injury.

But there were other injuries as well, often depriving Gruden of key players. His best playmaker on offense, tight end Jordan Reed, has missed large parts of several seasons with a variety of injuries including seven concussions, the last of which kept him out all of this year. Running back Derrius Guice, drafted in 2017 to be a key piece of the Redskins offense, tore his ACL in his first preseason game a year ago and injured his meniscus in this year’s season opener. Linebacker Reuben Foster, expected to be a key part of this year’s defense, was injured on the first play of offseason practices and was lost for the year.

The Redskins finished the last two seasons with 23 players on injured reserve and already have 10 on this year’s list.

Two disputes between team executives and top players likely hurt the Redskins’ performance during Gruden’s tenure. Washington used the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins for two straight years, angering Cousins, who eventually left in free agency after the 2017 season to join the Minnesota Vikings. Seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams has held out all of this year, so far refusing to play for the team, because of frustration with its medical staff.

Gruden has generally shrugged at the things that have gone wrong, and many around the team say his even-tempered personality kept the team from collapsing.

"I mean, there’s worse things to do in life than coach a football team,” Gruden said recently. "I enjoy coaching, love coaching, like the players and I like the staff that we have and I hate losing. [I’m] miserable losing, because you put so much time and effort into it and players are working hard, but at the end of the day once you lose the game you got to refocus and get your mind right and get ready for the next one.”

The coach had taken a slightly more resigned tone following the loss to New England, saying: "If the key works on Monday, I’ll keep working.”

Gruden is Snyder’s eighth coach in 20 seasons and the seventh to be fired. In addition to being Snyder’s longest-tenured coach, he is also the only one to get a contract extension, having two years added to his five-year, $20 million deal in 2017 — two years before his original contract expired. He was only five games into that extension when he was fired.

 

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3 hours ago, mike030270 said:

Gase was the OC when Peyton went to the Broncos correct? I'm trying to remember why he was sought out by teams

He was and he also became the Bears OC when Cutler had that run of him being not completely Jay Cutler

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16 hours ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

Jay Gruden: If the key works Monday, I’ll keep working

 

They changed the locks midway thru the 3rd qtr....

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4 hours ago, Maga301 said:

What about Dan Quinn?

We think our OC is bad, they got Jones, Ridley and Sanu. 

 

Don't forget about Hooper. I can't believe they're that terrible across the board. They should be 0-5 right now. Damn Agholor...

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On 10/6/2019 at 6:21 PM, VaBeach_Eagle said:

 

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I'm sure some UCLA alumni right about now would PAY the Redskins ALL of Chip's salary to take Chip off their hands!  

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24 minutes ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

Does Dan Quinn make it to Monday?

I think he'll be given one more week. But it's just delaying the inevitable though.

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13 hours ago, ShakeThatMonkey said:

I think he'll be given one more week. But it's just delaying the inevitable though.

Can we swap him with Schwartz?

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I think Dan Quinn's week is up. But Arthur Blank is an owner who generally doesn't do impromptu things like this. 

The Falcons need to look for an offensive minded HC this time around.

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