Jay Gruden, the newly hired head coach of the Washington Redskins, did not commit during his introductory news conference Thursday at Redskins Park to retaining defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, secondary coach Raheem Morris and tight ends coach Sean McVay on his staff.
“I’m gonna wait and see,” Gruden said. “I’m gonna interview a lot of coaches. Like I said, I’m gonna look at each coach that has been retained by Bruce [Allen, the team’s general manager] here and interview everybody. I know there’s a lot of coaches here that can coach and there’s a lot of good football people that are here that can coach.
“There’s also good football people across the country right now looking to work and looking to work for the Washington Redskins. This opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime deal and I’ve already had about 350 texts [from] people, great coaches looking to coach, and it’s gonna keep coming. So I don’t think finding a great coaching and coaching staff is gonna be difficult. It’s finding the right ones that fit what I want to do and what the players want to do.”
Haslett, Morris and McVay have worked with Gruden in the past. Morris and McVay worked with him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Haslett and McVay worked with him in the United Football League. Gruden acknowledged those existing relationships played a role in making the Redskins’ job attractive to him.
“It really did,” Gruden said. “But still, there’s still a lot of other candidates that I know that I want to talk to. I understand that they know football and they love football. So hopefully when I go through the interview process of all the coaches that I know and need jobs and are good coaches that I feel like can take this team to the next level, if they emerge, great. If not, we’ll see what happens. But there are good people and good coaches in this building, yes.”
People familiar with the situation said earlier in the day that Haslett, Morris and McVay are expected to remain on Gruden’s coaching staff, with Haslett staying in charge of the defense and McVay in line to be promoted to offensive coordinator. But Gruden did not confirm that even when pressed on the subject in McVay’s case.
“Nice,” Gruden said. “Good for Sean. I have not [made that decision]. I do like Sean. He’s a heck of a guy, a heck of a coach. But we will go through the process and hopefully — there’s a lot of great coaches, like I said, out there. And he’s a great person, a great coach.”
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