Thursday, January 9, 2014

Washington Redskins make a splash with their new hire

ESPN.COM STORY

The Redskins have done it again....they are the big story in the NFL today and they aren't even in the playoffs. After a sub-par comeback season by Robert Griffin III and a combination of bad play in all facets of the game the Redskins hired first time NFL head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden was a head coach in the Arena Football League previously for 2 different teams and was actually elected to their Hall Of Fame back in 1999.

There is a big difference between the arena league and the NFL obviously and the Redskins are still comfortable making this change from longtime coach Mike Shanahan who has had 3 disappointing seasons. Owner Daniel Snyder has now hired 6 different head coaches in the 15 years he has owned the team...and that's the most of any team during that period. The hiring and firing of a head coach is exactly the type of unstable enviroment that players hate. When a new coach is hired he brings his own philosophy and playbook. Players must adjust and sometimes learn an entire new system. Stability is something the great teams seem to all have in their head coaches...some examples are teams like the Patriots, Saints, 49ers, and Seahawks.

The Redskins def took a step back this season and it all started with loudmouth, pre-Madonna, quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3 is the epitome of what the typical high maintenance NFL quarterback is. He failed to return to his form from the previous season and was eventually benched for backup QB Kurt Cousins.

Whether the Skins did that to make a point to Robert, hoping they could raise Cousins trade value or a little bit of both the fact of the matter is if Griffin isn't going to be running that spread option he ran so perfectly the last year when he lit up the entire league with over 3,000 yards passing, 20 TD's through the air and another 7 with over 800 yards. The problem he's facing is the league had a chance to scout him and prepare for the option, these are professional athletes getting paid millions of dollars on the defensive site of the ball too, and they were more then prepared this time. Combine that with the erratic play of RG3 and the Redskins fell to a miserable 3-13 after taking the league by storm the previous year taking the NFC East title with a 10-6 record.