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

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden discusses the coming year at the NFC coaches breakfast at the NFL meetings. (Mike Jones/The Washington Post)

New head coach Jay Gruden has mixed feelings on how he wants his players to look back on the Washington Redskins’ 3-13 debacle of 2013.

Gruden’s arrival signals a new chapter for the franchise. And he wants his players to move on from last season. But at the same time, when they gather at Redskins Park next month for the start of offseason workouts, Gruden will tell his players he doesn’t want them to totally forget last season.

“There’s two sides to it,” Gruden said. “I want it to be a fresh start, but I also want them to remember that horrific 3-13 and make sure it doesn’t happen again. So it’s kind of two sides to it.”

Gruden said he doesn’t know how long it will take for the Redskins to rebound from last season. But he believes the moves made in free agency will both improve all three units. He believes with an effective draft, Washington can further improve its depth.

The rebuild could require patience. But Gruden believes that it’s not impossible to think that he and the Redskins can make a dramatic turnaround in one year.

“There is proof of teams going from 2-14, 3-13 to playoff caliber,” Gruden said. “Kansas City last year is a great example, so there’s a lot of reason for us to be optimistic moving forward. We have a great nucleus of players, we have a great staff and we’re all going to be together and moving forward and I think the sky is the limit for this franchise.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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