Jay Gruden doesn’t get all the ‘doom-and-gloom’ surrounding Redskins
The Washington Redskins have had an offseason so far to forget, at least to many NFL experts, pundits and the like. But Jay Gruden doesn’t quite understand why there’s so much “doom-and-gloom” surrounding the frequently dysfunctional organization.
“I’m very optimistic,” Gruden said, via ESPN. “I know it’s not great, but we’ve had back-to-back winning seasons. There’s no reason for us not to be optimistic.”
The Redskins are coming off a ho-hum 8-7-1 season after a 9-7 record in 2015 earned them the NFC East division title. But this offseason has had a fair share of troubling developments.
The low point of the past several months is without a doubt the situation surrounding former general manager Scot McCloughan, who was missing in action for weeks amid unflattering rumors of issues with alcoholism and reports of organizational infighting around the time of the NFL Scouting Combine.
McCloughan was ultimately fired earlier this month and the belief is the Redskins won’t have an acting GM until after the 2017 NFL Draft.
There also has been significant turnover in coaches, with the entire defensive defensive staff being replaced. Greg Manusky will oversee the transition as defensive coordinator.
And then there’s the issue of Kirk Cousins. The quarterback is expected to play under the franchise tag for the second straight season. But rumors of animosity between Cousins and management and reports of his desire to play elsewhere — particularly the San Francisco 49ers to be reunited with former coordinator Kyle Shanahan — certainly casts a shadow over roster harmony.
There have been key additions but significant losses as well on the roster, highlighted by the departures of wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon.
Amid all the distractions, drama and turmoil, though, Gruden remains upbeat about the future.
“We have a lot of reasons for excitement around here. Don’t know why everyone is so doom-and-gloom around here,” Gruden said. “We’re excited. I know our players are going to be excited to work. Kirk’s excited, I’m excited, so let’s go.”
The case can be made that the Redskins, Gruden included, just want to get to training camp with no more drama.