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Jay Gruden’s job reportedly ‘on the line’ in Week 4 vs. Giants

The prevailing notion surrounding the Washington Redskins is not whether Jay Gruden will get fired. Instead, it’s quickly become a matter of when.

While JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington says Gruden’s job is safe heading into a Week 4 showdown with the division-rival New York Giants, the belief is that another dismal showing may prompt Redskins owner Dan Snyder to fire the embattled head coach.

Team sources state Snyder and team president Bruce Allen remained at FedEx Field until well past 2 a.m. Tuesday morning after the Redskins were summarily dismantled by the Chicago Bears in a demoralizing 31-15 loss in front of national audience on “Monday Night Football.”

Making matters worse for Gruden is the report that Snyder was “livid” after the Redskins lost at home in Week 2 by a score of 31-21 to the Dallas Cowboys.

It turns out that not only is Gruden staring down a potential dismissal, there was some speculation that much-maligned defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was nearly shown the door following his unit’s terrible showing against the previously offensively inept Bears.

This leaves both Gruden and Manusky apparently coaching for their jobs against the Giants next Sunday. An “incredibly explosive situation” reportedly is taking hold inside team headquarters. So much so that there is a belief that Gruden and Manusky’s jobs are said to be “on the line” this coming weekend.

It merits noting that Snyder hasn’t made an in-season coaching change since 2000 when he fired Norv Turner 13 games into the season. That arguably suggests Snyder would prefer to make such moves during the offseason.

That said, at 0-3 and showing no signs that the team can be rebound, what’s the sense of keeping Gruden and his staff around only to play out the string amid yet another lost season?

Whenever it does come about, it’s almost certain Gruden will be out of a job at some point in 2019, barring a miraculous turnaround. That of course will set in motion another complete coaching staff overhaul before the 2020 season, something that has become all too familiar for the Redskins during Synder’s dysfunctional reign as team owner.