Article by: Zach Henley
Since Jay Gruden took over in 2014, the Washington Redskins are 1-5 in season openers, with the only win coming last year against the Arizona Cardinals. Over the last six seasons, the compiled record for Washington is 35-44-1, and they've only made the playoffs once. Washington has also finished 3rd in the division the past 3 seasons and after blowing their 17 point lead yesterday, it looks like it’ll be another mediocre to below average season. The question is, why do the Redskins continue to let Jay Gruden coach? Answer: Dan Snyder.
Dan Snyder bought the Redskins in 2000 for $800 million and the team hasn’t been the same. The year before Snyder’s purchase, the Redskins went 10-6, won the division, and made the playoffs. The next year they went 8-8, coming short of the postseason. Since 2000, Washington has finished 3rd or worse in the division 15 times and have only made the playoffs 4 times. There are some theories to why the franchise has struggled in the past 18 years from inconsistent quarterbacks, like some being poor coaching to even bad drafting. Although Gruden is just another coach under who's been hired and struggled in Snyder's tenure, the fault has to go to both Dan Snyder and Jon Gruden specifically for the past 6 years.
Now the silver lining for the Redskins is their draft class of 2019. The team drafted top QB Dwayne Haskins and his Ohio State teammate Terry McLaurin. Along with the offensive duo, the team drafted Montez Sweat. The team continues to get younger and the defense keep proving to be solid. Jay Gruden holds the team back with his poor play calling abilities and poor time management. This season is a make or break for Jay Gruden and if the team doesn’t perform well for this season, the team will and should let him go.