The Insider: Jay Gruden


Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Redskins report for workouts, notice ‘new aura in the building’

The Redskins begin their offseason program with a new sense of optimism.

By Mike Jones  |  03:29 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Jay Gruden, Offseason workouts, Trent Williams

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 03/31/2014

Familarity, diversity key elements of Jay Gruden’s coaching staff

Jay Gruden wanted to find coaches he had worked with in the past, and others from a wide range of backgrounds.

By Mike Jones  |  01:47 PM ET, 03/31/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Kotwica, Brian Baker, Chris Foerster, coaches, Ike Hilliard, Jacob Burney, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Kirk Olivadotti, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 03/28/2014

Jay Gruden’s offense, as described by coaches who’ve faced him often

Precision, strong fundamentals, quick-releases passes and strong running game rank among the attributes of a Gruden attack.

By Mike Jones  |  01:50 PM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Redskins offense

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 03/28/2014

Jay Gruden striving for balance in designing playbook for Robert Griffin III and Redskins

“I know he’s a very smart guy and he can handle everything mentally, so my fear is I’m going to have too many plays,” the coach jokes of his quarterback.

By Mike Jones  |  09:46 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Redskins offense, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Gruden wants players to move on from, but not forget, 3-13 season

When it comes to the Washington Redskins’ 3-13 debacle of a 2013 season, new head coach Jay Gruden has mixed feelings on how he wants his players to look back on it.

By Mike Jones  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2013 season, Jay Gruden

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/27/2014

Redskins plan to use ‘new toy’ Hatcher in a variety of ways

Defensive lineman Jason Hatcher will not be restricted to just one position.

By Mike Jones  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  barry cofield, Brian Orakpo, Chris Baker, defensive line, Jason Hatcher, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, pass rush, Ryan Kerrigan

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Redskins haven’t received calls on Kirk Cousins

The coach also said that the team believes it’s wise to hang onto Cousins as an insurance policy for Robert Griffin III.

By Mike Jones  |  04:05 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins, owners meetings, Quarterbacks

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2014

Gruden inclined to let Orakpo play season under franchise tag

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden says he’s inclined to let Brian Orakpo play out his franchise tag this season.

By Mike Jones  |  01:45 PM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Brian Baker, Brian Orakpo, Jay Gruden, outside linebackers

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014

Highlights from breakfast with Redskins Coach Jay Gruden

Taking questions for an hour, the first-year head coach discussed a wide range of topics from the QB to his staff and everything in between.

By Mike Jones  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Kotwica, Brian Baker, Brian Orakpo, Chris Foerster, Chris Thompson, Jay Gruden, josh leribeus, Kirk Cousins, Kirk Olivadotti, Kory Lichtensteiger, news conferences, Offensive line, owners meetings, Phillip Thomas, Robert Griffin III, Shawn Lauvao, video

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/25/2014

Gruden and Whisenhunt high on Andre Roberts

With the signing of free agent Andre Roberts two weeks ago, the Washington Redskins believe that they have added a versatile play-maker to a receiving unit badly in need of weapons.

By Mike Jones  |  04:20 PM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Andre Roberts, Jay Gruden, Ken Whisenhunt, Wide Receivers

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 03/25/2014

NFL coaches describe first season as never-ending learning process

Many of Jay Gruden’s counterparts classified his eye-opening experience Monday as typical, and a challenging, but necessary part of the education of a head coach.

By Mike Jones  |  11:40 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Ken Whisenhunt, NFL coaches

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Jay Gruden, in first months as head coach, learns on the fly

Gruden says being a head coach a whole lot different than being a coordinator, and he’s eager to get back to work.

By Mike Jones  |  03:10 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, owners meetings, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 03/24/2014

Daniel Snyder is ‘excited’ about Jay Gruden and Redskins’ future

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder expressed excitement about his team’s new chapter and said first-year coach Jay Gruden has already impressed him.

By Mike Jones  |  01:49 PM ET, 03/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Daniel Snyder, Jay Gruden, League news, owners meetings

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 02/21/2014

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden encouraged by progress as he and staff continue to lay groundwork

First-year coach addressed reporters at the NFL scouting combine

By Mike Jones  |  04:51 PM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, NFL Combine

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 01/28/2014

Redskins mailbag: Free agency targets, roster needs and more . . .

With the coaching staff in place, the attention turns to talent evaluation and roster construction.

By Mike Jones  |  12:11 PM ET, 01/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, coaches, cornerbacks, Jay Gruden, Mailbag, Safeties, Scott Campbell

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014

Redskins mailbag: Salary cap, Gruden’s hires and roster needs

Jay Gruden is putting the finishing touches on his coaching staff, and this week is devoting much of his efforts to installing the offense with coordinator Sean McVay.

By Mike Jones  |  11:00 AM ET, 01/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Foerster, coaches, Free agents, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Mailbag, Robert Griffin III, Roster, Salary cap

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 01/17/2014

Redskins will retain Jim Haslett at defensive coordinator [updated]

By Mark Maske  |  02:40 PM ET, 01/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Redskins

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 01/16/2014

Redskins confirm they’re retaining Raheem Morris as secondary coach

Team also announces that it’s keeping Jacob Burney as defensive line coach and has hired Kirk Olivadotti as inside linebackers coach.

By Mark Maske  |  04:28 PM ET, 01/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, Jacob Burney, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Kirk Olivadotti, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Paul Guenther to become Bengals defensive coordinator

A potential addition to Jay Gruden’s staff instead stays in Cincinnati to replace Mike Zimmer as defensive coordinator.

By Mark Maske  |  01:50 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings, Paul Guenther

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/15/2014

Paul Guenther a candidate for Bengals, Vikings and Redskins staffs

Paul Guenther is a man in demand, as the Vikings, Redskins and Bengals are all interested in the Cincinnati linebackers coach.

By Mark Maske  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings, Paul Guenther

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Redskins hire Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica [updated]

The Redskins hosted Jets special teams coach Ben Kotwica for an interview for a position on Jay Gruden’s coaching staff, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

By Mike Jones  |  11:35 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Kotwica, coaches, Jay Gruden, New York Jets, special teams

Posted at 10:10 AM ET, 01/15/2014

Guenther’s status uncertain with Zimmer ‘looking good’ to land Vikings job

If Zimmer winds up with the Vikings, that likely would lead to Bengals linebackers coach Paul Guenther replacing him as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator.

By Mike Jones  |  10:10 AM ET, 01/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Ben Kotwica, Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings, Paul Guenther, Raheem Morris

Posted at 11:40 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Paul Guenther, Bengals linebackers coach, is possible candidate for Redskins’ staff

He would replace Mike Zimmer as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator if Zimmer gets a head coaching job, but could join the Redskins if Zimmer remains with the Bengals.

By Mark Maske and Mike Jones  |  11:40 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Paul Guenther

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Earnest Byner expected to interview for Redskins’ RB coaching position

The Redskins are expected to interview former running backs coach and running back Earnest Byner for a position on Jay Gruden’s coaching staff, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

By Mike Jones  |  04:05 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, Earnest Byner, history, Jay Gruden

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 01/14/2014

Redskins mailbag: Jay Gruden’s staff, to-do list and more . . .

Mike Jones answers readers’ questions as the Redskins try to fill out a coaching staff and reshape the roster to Jay Gruden’s liking.

By Mike Jones  |  12:45 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, Chris Chester, Daniel Snyder, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, josh leribeus, Kory Lichtensteiger, Mailbag, Mike Shanahan, Offensive line, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 01/13/2014

Redskins part ways with assistant O-line coach Chris Morgan

Assistant offensive line coach Chris Morgan will not return to the Redskins this year, according to a personal with knowledge of the situation.

By Mike Jones  |  04:15 PM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, Jay Gruden, Offensive line

Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 01/13/2014

Robert Griffin III encouraged after talks with Jay Gruden

Robert Griffin III has spoken with new Coach Jay Gruden and has come away with a sense of encouragement.

By Mike Jones  |  10:07 AM ET, 01/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Robert Griffin III, Sean McVay

Posted at 08:38 PM ET, 01/10/2014

Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay still thought to be staying with Redskins

Coach Jay Gruden wouldn’t commit to that Thursday but sources say all three remain in line to be on Gruden’s staff.

By By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  08:38 PM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Cousins encouraged by Gruden selection, McVay’s role

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins sees similarities in Jay Gruden’s offense.

By Mike Jones  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, Kirk Cousins, Kirk Cousins; Jay Gruden; Redskins; quarterback, Quarterbacks

Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 01/10/2014

Jay Gruden envisions the Redskins sticking with the 3-4 defense

Gruden on the defense: “This team is built for the 3-4. They’ve been a 3-4 for a while and I love the 3-4.”

By Mike Jones  |  10:03 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, Jay Gruden; Jim Haslett; Redskins

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/10/2014

How the Redskins passing game might look under Jay Gruden

Mark Bullock examines some of the things Jay Gruden did well in the passing game in Cincinnati.

By Mark Bullock  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, Jay Gruden, Jordan Reed, offensive philosophy, Pierre Garcon, Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu Jr., The Outsider

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Gruden does not commit to retaining Haslett, Morris and McVay

Though Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris and Sean McVay are members of the Redskins coaching staff and are expected to be retained, new head coach Jay Gruden would not commit to that in his first news conference.

By Mark Maske  |  05:55 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, news conferences, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014

At the podium, Jay Gruden: Will call plays, likely to keep 3-4 defense

Live tweets and reaction to the introduction of the eighth head coach under Daniel Snyder.

By Keith McMillan  |  03:58 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, coaches, coaching search 2014, Daniel Snyder, Jay Gruden, news conferences

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

How the Redskins running game might look under Jay Gruden

We examine Gruden’s preference for power runs and whether the read option has a future in Washington.

By Mark Bullock  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, offensive philosophy, Running backs, The Outsider, zone read

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Ties to Allen, Redskins coaches helped convince Jay Gruden to take job

Past relationships with Bruce Allen and coaches on the Washington staff helped sway Gruden to take the job.

By Mark Maske and Mike Jones  |  12:09 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/09/2014

London Fletcher on Redskins hiring Jay Gruden

Almost-retired linebacker says “job was Gruden’s to lose from the start” on Twitter.

By Missy Rosenberg  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden, London Fletcher

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Jay Gruden expected to retain Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris; Sean McVay will be offensive coordinator [updated]

Jay Gruden will retain Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris. Sean McVay will be offensive coordinator.

By Mark Maske and Mike Jones  |  09:48 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden, Jim Haslett, poll, Raheem Morris, Sean McVay

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Jay Gruden to become Redskins coach, agrees to five-year deal [updated]

Bengals offensive coordinator is given a five-year deal to succeed the fired Mike Shanahan, and will be introduced at 4 p.m.

By Mark Maske and Mike Jones  |  09:10 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden, photos, poll

Posted at 06:09 AM ET, 01/09/2014

Redskins, Jay Gruden make progress toward possible deal

Agreement for Bengals offensive coordinator to become Redskins’ coach said to be within reach but not yet done.

By Mark Maske  |  06:09 AM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Redskins strongly interested in Jay Gruden but facing competition [updated]

Other teams, including the Titans, are in the mix for the Cincinnati offensive coordinator.

By Mark Maske  |  01:21 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Bruce Allen, coaches, coaching search 2014, Daniel Snyder, Jay Gruden

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/08/2014

Redskins coaching search: Jay Gruden by the numbers

Gruden, 46, has transitioned from prolific Arena Football League quarterback to successful offensive coordinator

By Mike Jones  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/08/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  By the numbers, Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Jay Gruden expected to interview Wednesday with Redskins

Bengals offensive coordinator also scheduled to meet Tuesday with the Titans and Thursday with Vikings.

By Mark Maske  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 01/07/2014

Redskins trying to hire Jay Gruden ‘would make a lot of sense’ to some

Coaching candidate has ties, through Buccaneers, to some in Redskins organization, including GM Bruce Allen.

By Mark Maske  |  12:22 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, coaching search 2014, Jay Gruden

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/06/2014

Redskins request to interview Bengals’ Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer [updated]

Cincinnati’s playoff loss means assistants are eligible to talk to other clubs.

By Mark Maske  |  10:18 AM ET, 01/06/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cincinnati Bengals, coaches, coaching search 2014, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 01/05/2014

Bengals’ loss makes Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson available immediately

Chargers’ Ken Whisenhunt can be interviewed this week but cannot be hired with San Diego’s season still in progress.

By Mark Maske  |  05:28 PM ET, 01/05/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 01/04/2014

Redskins coaching search: First-round NFL playoff results will determine status of several candidates

Ken Whisenhunt, Greg Roman, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer are all coaching this weekend.

By Mark Maske  |  01:32 PM ET, 01/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Greg Roman, Hue Jackson, Jay Gruden, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Zimmer