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Jay Gruden Gets Condolences From His Brother John on Being Fired

One day after his brother, Jay Gruden, was fired as head coach of the Redskins, Jon Gruden told reporters he would not speculate about Jay joining his staff in Oakland when asked about the possibility, Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com reports But he made sure to offer his condolences.

“I’m obviously very disappointed for my brother,” Gruden said Tuesday ahead of Oakland’s bye week. “It was a long night, last couple of nights. He worked hard. Got a lot of respect for my brother. Obviously, I’m disappointed for him getting fired.

“But my dad’s been fired. I’ve been fired. Jay’s been fired and welcome to the club, bro.”

The last time Jon Gruden was axed as head coach of an NFL franchise, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers relieved him of his duties following the 2008 season, his seventh with the organization. He quickly found employment, joining ESPN as a color analyst for “Monday Night Football” until Oakland poached him from the broadcasting booth in 2018 and signed him to a 10-year contract. Safe to say, Jon won’t be fired for quite some time.

But this is Jay’s first rodeo at this high of a level.

Whether little brother will join big brother in Oakland for the remainder of the season remains to be seen, but is unlikely. For one, Oakland already has a veteran offensive staff in place. Plus, The Washington Post’s Les Carpenter reported Monday that Jay Gruden “didn’t plan on working again this season.”

The Brothers Gruden were last on the same staff in 2008, when Jay was an offensive assistant on Jon’s Bucs staff, all the while coaching the AFL’s Orlando Predators.

Redskins OC Kevin O’Connell the Front Runner to Be the Team’s New Head Coach?

“Many in the league are convinced” the Redskins will eventually promote offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell to replace fired head coach Jay Gruden according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
The 34-year-old O’Connell’s playing career just ended in 2012, while he has been coaching since only 2015.

2019 is his first year as offensive coordinator after two seasons as the quarterbacks coach and the Redskins offense has not exactly been humming.

It would be a desperate promotion, to put it mildly. The Redskins let Sean McVay out from under their noses and will try to cut corners into finding another one. It would be a perfectly Washington outcome.

Fired Redskins Coach Jay Gruden Speaks Out: “I Didn’t Get it Done”

Fired Redskins coach Jay Gruden is not bitter after being fired this morning following an 0-5 start to the season, Les Carpenter of the Washington Post reports.

“I’m not bitter,” Gruden said. “This is a production-based business, and I didn’t get it done.”

But there was something that gnawed at the now former Redskins coach, something that had been implied an hour before when Bruce Allen, at a news conference, said, “Under Bill[Callahan’s] leadership and the programs he’s going to put in and the discipline and execution, we believe we’re giving it the best opportunity to beat the Miami Dolphins and for the rest of the year.”

To Gruden, the suggestion was that he didn’t work hard enough, that somehow his practices and preparation were a lark.

His voice grew annoyed.

“I want to make sure that everybody knows that I actually did work,” he said.

Most days he was the first coach in the building, he said, preferring to arrive early when he could get things done. He was never one to stay past midnight the way many coaches do, and his easygoing approach and reputation as a players’ coach occasionally invited criticism, but his life these past few years had been football, he said. The fact that he was no longer coaching the Redskins made him sad.

Redskins Fire Jay Gruden Following 0-5 Start to the 2019 Season

To the surprise of no one, the Redskins early Monday morning cut ties with head coach Jay Gruden, calling him in at 5AM to tell him he was being fired.

The firing comes a day after the team fell to 0-5 on the season after a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots.

Team owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen met with Gruden to deliver the news at Redskins Park.

“Through the first five games of the 2019 season, the team has clearly not performed up to expectations, and we all share in that responsibility,” the team said in a statement. “Moving forward we are committed to doing all that we can collectively as an organization to turn things around and give our Redskins fans and alumni a team they can be proud of in 2019 and beyond.”

Redskins assistant head coach/offensive line coach Bill Callahan will be the interim head coach, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Gruden had one more year remaining on his contract after this season because of a two-year extension he signed during the 2016 offseason. He is owed $5 million for 2020.

Redskins TE Vernon Davis in Concussion Protocol

Redskins tight end Vernon Davis entered the NFL’s concussion protocol program following Washington’s 24-3 loss at the New York Giants Sunday, Ben Standing of the Athletic reports.

It’s unclear when the injury occurred. Jordan Reed. the teams’ top tight end suffered his seventh reported concussionin the team’s third preseason game.

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Redskins Rookie WR Terry McLaurin Questionable for Sunday’s Game vs Giants

Redskins rookie wide receiver Terry McLaurin is questionable for Sunday’s NFC East matchup against the New York Giants according to John Keim of ESPN.

McLaurin is shaping up as a true gametime decision after reportedly injuring his hamstring at Thursday’s practice. Midweek downgrades are never a good sign and McLaurin was unable to practice on Friday. The third-round pick out of Ohio State has been an absolute stud in an otherwise bleak Redskins offense and is the first player in 35 years to begin his career with three straight games of at least 60 yards and a touchdown.

If McLaurin cannot suit up, Paul Richardson would take over as the Redskins’ No. 1 outside target, while second-year slot receiver Trey Quinn could also feasibly see his targets rise. A mix of Robert Davis/Kelvin Harmon/Steve Sims would rotate as the third WR in 3-WR sets with McLaurin out.

Adrian Peterson Back as the Redskins Starter at RB After Injury to Derrius Guice

Adrian Peterson is back in the Washington Redskins’ starting lineup, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

With Derrius Guice injured, coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday that Adrian Peterson will get the start Sunday versus the Cowboys.

The 34-year-old Peterson was inactive Sunday in the Redskins season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles as Gruden decided to ride with Guice.

The second-year pro, however, suffered another knee injury — opposite leg of the torn ACL that cost Guice his entire rookie campaign — and is expected to miss a few weeks. Gruden said there is no update on the running back’s health as of Wednesday.

So Gruden will turn back to Peterson to carry the load on first and second downs.

After Sunday’s tilt, the coach explained All Day being inactive by saying: “So if we have a game where we think we can run the ball 55 times in a game in an I-formation, then sure, I’ll get him up.”

With Guice’s injury, the Redskins now need Peterson.

Gruden said he talked to Peterson, and the running back is in “a good place” after being inactive.

As for whether the situation could arise where AD is inactive once again, Gruden pushed that question into the future.

“That’s in the past,” he said “We’ll worry about (that) when they’re both healthy again. If that decision has to come again.”