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Redskins Unveil Gruden As Coach As Media Debates Whether Snyder Finally Got It Right
Published January 10, 2014
A NEW MOLD: ESPN.com's John Keim wrote Gruden is "not the typical Redskins coaching hire" under Snyder. Gruden "lacks the sizzle of coaches such as Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs and Mike Shanahan," but he also "didn't come out of nowhere like Jim Zorn" (ESPN.com, 1/9). In Richmond, Paul Woody writes Snyder has "hired almost every type of head coach imaginable: proven NFL winner (Schottenheimer), big-name college coach (Spurrier), Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl winning coach (Gibbs), unknown position coach (Zorn) and two-time Super Bowl winning coach (Shanahan)." Yet he "never had hired the 'hot' young offensive coordinator, the guy who seems to have the potential to be an outstanding NFL coach ... until now" (RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH, 1/10). In DC, Rick Snider wrote it seems Snyder "was tired of paying big money for legendary coaches and getting little results, so why not try someone ready to move up?" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 1/9).
ADVICE FOR GRUDEN: In DC, Mike Wise gives his advice to Gruden, writing, "Statistically, there is a very good chance you will eventually be fired." However, it is "not your fault." Wise: "You will simply be caught up in a vortex of an owner and a management structure that really, sincerely wants to win but still hasn’t shown it knows how." Snyder "means well; he really does." But "almost unconsciously he could soon make you compromise your values and beliefs about this game in ways you can't imagine" (WASHINGTON POST, 1/10). In Orlando, George Diaz writes under the header, "Jay Gruden Lands Dream Job -- Only To Step Into Redskins Nightmare." Diaz: "Unfortunately, it doesn't get any lower than becoming an employee" of Snyder and the Redskins. Coaches "go to Washington to lose, be humiliated and then fired" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 1/10). Meanwhile, ESPN's Dan Le Batard wondered why people "aren't looking a little bit higher" for the cause of organizational problems. He asked why Allen has a job "that allows him to make this decision when he's responsible" for bringing in high-profile players such as QB Donovan McNabb and DT Albert Haynesworth who have not panned out. Le Batard: "Why do we keep focusing on the Shanahans and the Grudens instead of the more important person, which is the one making this decision above them?" ("Highly Questionable," ESPN2, 1/9).