Entries in Jay Gruden (9)


Gruden Declares Griffin Will Enter Season as Starter

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has declared Robert Griffin III as the team's starting quarterback to enter the upcoming season.

"We'll go into the season with Robert as our No. 1 guy," Gruden said Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine. "It's up to Robert to continue to grow and mature as a quarterback and as a person. Moving forward we want to see improvement. It's up to us as a staff to get more out of him."

These comments are somewhat surprising, considering at the end of last season Gruden said he expected to have a quarterback competition heading into this season.

The 25-year-old Griffin was selected by the Redskins with the second overall pick of the 2012 Draft. He played in nine games in 2014, completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,694 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions.

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Redskins and DC Haslett Part Ways

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va) -- The Washington Redskins have agreed to mutually part ways with defensive coordinator Jim Haslett.

The team announced Tuesday that Haslett, who was held over by current head coach Jay Gruden from the previous regime, would not return next season.

The Redskins, 4-12, tied for third worst, allowing 27.4 points per game and ranked 20th allowing 357 yards per game. 

"Jim and I have had discussions over the last few days and have decided that it's best for everyone that we have a new defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins," Gruden said in a team statement. "I wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Haslett had been with the team since 2010 before previously serving in the same role with the St. Louis Rams.

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McCoy to Start for Redskins if Medically Cleared

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Washington Redskins' quarterback situation for the week has been cleared up -- sort of.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden announced Thursday that Colt McCoy will start at quarterback Sunday versus the New York Giants -- if he is medically cleared to play.

McCoy hurt his neck in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the St. Louis Rams Sunday. He had tests this week that showed no structural damage in the neck and he practiced on Wednesday.

"We've had looks at all three quarterbacks and based on what we have seen out at practice, for the whole training camp and offseason and the game situations, right now we feel Colt is in the lead," Gruden said. "So if he's healthy and gets a clean bill of health then he will be our starter."

If McCoy can't play, Robert Griffin III will start.

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Redskins Bench RGIII for McCoy

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va) -- Push has come to shove as the Redskins have decided to bench Robert Griffin III in favor of Colt McCoy this Sunday when Washington will face Indianapolis.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Griffin will not play this weekend, but remains a part of the team's long term plans. 

Griffin has struggled this season. He has missed six games after suffering a dislocated ankle in week 2. In the five games he has started, Griffin has completed 69.7% of his passes for 869 yards while throwing two touchdowns and three interceptions. Additionally, he has been sacked 16 times. The team is 1-4 in those five starts.

McCoy made his only start of the season against the Dallas Cowboys on October 27. He completed 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards with one interception and a rushing touchdown in a game that saw the Redskins defeat the Cowboys 20-17.

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Jay Gruden Puts the Pressure on Robert Griffin III

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Jay Gruden's first year as the head coach of the Washington Redskins isn't going as smoothly as he had hoped, and now he's speaking out against his quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

In four starts this season, Griffin has yet to resemble the same player who electrified the NFL during his rookie year in 2012 as he's dealt with various injuries and ineffectiveness.

The Redskins won the NFC East in 2012, but have gone just 6-20 since. Gruden is putting the heat on Griffin to step up and perform like the player the franchise drafted him to be.

"He's auditioned long enough," Gruden told "Clock's ticking. He's gotta play.

"We'll see. ... We want Robert to excel, we really do. But the last two games, it hasn't been very good, anywhere. We gotta play better around him. And the biggest thing for us as playcallers, and for him, we just have to come together and jell with plays he's comfortable with. That takes time. But we don't have a lot of time."

Griffin has thrown just two touchdown this season to go along with four turnovers.

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Vikings Defeat Redskins 29-26 in Griffin's Return

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) -- Sunday marked the return of Robert Griffin III as quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings were not impressed, as they beat up the Redskins 29-26 at home.

Rookie Teddy Bridgewater continues to improve as he led four scoring drives, three of which were capped by Matt Asiata touchdown runs.  Bridgewater finished the day 26-42 for 268 yards and one touchdown pass.

Griffin had a good day, but it wasn't good enough. He was 18-28 for 251 yards and one touchdown, but was also sacked five times and threw an inteception. There were good signs, though, for the former second overall pick, who had missed the last six weeks with a dislocated ankle.

The Vikings now move to 4-5 as they continue to play hard for rookie head coach Mike Zimmer.  The loss sends the Redskins to 3-6.  


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Injury or Not, Jackson Not 'Missing This Game'

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(ASHBURN, Va.) -- Washington Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson isn't going to let a shoulder injury stop him from playing against his former team on Sunday.

Jackson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles in the spring after articles came out questioning his character, says despite spraining his left shoulder last week against Jacksonville, he will be on the field Sunday.

"I don't think an AC joint is jeopardizing my career in the long haul," Jackson said. "If it's all on me, I'm playing. I don't plan on missing this game."

Jackson did not practice Wednesday, but Washington head coach Jay Gruden said the receiver will be a limited participant in practice Thursday.

Before being released, Jackson played six seasons with the Eagles. During that time he played in 87 games, catching 356 passes for 6,117 yards and 32 touchdowns, and also returning four punts for touchdowns.

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Redskins Hire Jay Gruden

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Washington Redskins have hired former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on Thursday.

Gruden becomes the sixth head coach hired by owner Dan Snyder in his 15 years in Washington.

The Redskins fired Mike Shanahan a day after the season ended and targeted Gruden.

The Bengals made the postseason in all three years that Gruden was offensive coordinator, but failed to get out of the first round.

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton made a steady improvement under Gruden and has thrown for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.

Gruden will now have the chore of helping Robert Griffin III rebound from a difficult season in which he came back from an injury.

The Redskins finished 3-13 this season and were coming off a 10-6 season in 2012 when they captured the NFC East title.

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Sources: Eagles Interviewed Brian Billick for Head Coaching Position 

Jay Drowns/Sporting News Via Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) --  The Philadelphia Eagles are leaving no stone unturned while searching for their next head coach.

According to NFL sources, the Eagles interviewed former Baltimore Ravens coach Brian Billick last Monday for their head coaching vacancy.

Billick coached the Ravens for nine seasons, leading them to their only Super Bowl championship in 2000. 

He compiled an 80-64 record in nine seasons in Baltimore, including a 5-11 record in 2007, which was the last time Billick coached in the NFL.

Sources say the Eagles are also considering Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians for the job.

The Eagles fired longtime head coach Andy Reid after a 4-12 season.

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