Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan found out about Jay Gruden from his surgeon


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“Ryan Kerrigan had his knee scoped yesterday and it went fine,” our Mike Jones wrote last Friday. “He’s already off crutches.”

If you do the math, you’ll realize that “yesterday” in this case refers to Jan. 9, which is the day the Redskins hired Jay Gruden as their new head coach, which is why Kerrigan apparently found out about the new hire from his surgeon.

“Actually I was getting ready to go into surgery, and the doctor that was about to perform on me said, ‘Oh, you guys hired a new head coach today,’ ” Kerrigan told Larry Michael on “Redskins Nation.” “So I was like, ‘Oh, that’s pretty cool.’ And then when I came out of surgery I saw the introductory press conference. So it was definitely an exciting day, and I look forward to what the future holds with Coach Gruden.”

I could have used a few more details on this anecdote, but I’m guessing it won’t be the last time Kerrigan recounts it. That day after his surgery, Kerrigan also went on ESPN 980′s “Inside the Locker Room,” and he was asked about the prospect of moving forward with Jim Haslett still in place as defensive coordinator.

“Haz and I have a great relationship,” Kerrigan said. “I know he was one of the main reasons they drafted me here. Haz and I have really developed a close relationship over the past couple years, and he’s someone that I really like to play for and someone who I really want to play hard for, so I would be more than happy with him here. … [Unhappy fans] have the right to complain, because we didn’t well defensively, but that’s a total team thing. That’s not just the coaches or just the players; it’s both of us. The players, we’re the ones out there playing, we’re the ones that have to execute the calls regardless of what the calls are. The scheme that Haz teaches us, it’s a really good scheme, and when we execute it well  it’s hard to stop. We’ve just got to, as players, execute it better.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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