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Need to Know: Will Redskins’ Gruden stand on the table for Haslett?

Dec 31, 2014, 6:26 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 31, 120 days before the Washington Redskins make their pick in the first round of the 2015 NFL draft.

Three and out—More change for the sake of change?

1. This seems to be Jay Gruden’s New Year’s resolution. “There are some changes that are going to be made,” he said on Monday. “I do have a lot of respect for everybody, the way the worked and prepared, but we do have to get better. We do have to make some changes. I promise you this – this will not be the same football team, football staff right now that we’re going to have the start of next year. So we’re going to have a lot of changes that are done and made and hopefully for the better.”

2. Of course change, in and of itself, is not necessarily a positive. There was a lot of change a year ago with a new head coach, a new person with final say on personnel decisions, and in excess of 20 new players. The result of all this change was one more win and continued dysfunction. The old saying about the chairs on the doomed ocean liner comes to mind.

3. The one change that many want to see is at defensive coordinator. While the money quote from Gruden on Jim Haslett was, “I would recommend keeping him, yes,” that doesn’t mean that it will happen. Gruden said that very reluctantly, after having been given three or four previous chances to give Haslett a vote of confidence. He may “recommend” that Haslett be retained. But will he fight for Haslett, stand on the table for him? I don’t know for sure but I doubt it.

Out: Bruce Allen, the man most responsible for the flurry of changes in the past year that didn’t accomplish much of anything, will take questions from the media today at 10:30. Among the many questions I want to make sure he answers—Why should a season ticket holder or an out of town fan with the Sunday ticket renew to continue to spend his money when the organization just can’t get it right?


Today’s schedule: Bruce Allen news conference 10:30

Days until: 2015 NFL Draft 120; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 256

If you have any questions about what’s going on at Redskins Park, hit me up in the comments. I’ll answer all questions as soon as I can get to them. And I’m always on Twitter @Rich_TandlerCSN.

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  1. colmac69 - Dec 31, 2014 at 6:46 AM

    Without a doubt haslett should b fired…..yes he bn short handed with regards talent of players available to him and he lost a few players through injs…..this isnt bout this season….its bout last five and we have witnessed the same problems over and over….yeh they had some decent rankings when it comes to total yrds and some very gd performances…but u get to rankings that really count is points against and haslett defenses over last ten-12 yrs rank in mid to high 20, s regularly…..players have changed over last five yrs…some bn better and some bn worse but two constants have bn 3-4 system and the co ordinator and we still getting same results…..u never change just for sake of change but it comes a point where u have to say this isnt working…players dont seem to b responding…….if they make change then it might not work and could b worse nxt yr but u have to try something different. …….defense has to b focus this off season regarding draft and free agency plus o-line………

  2. penz84 - Dec 31, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    Fans rarely agree on any one thing, draft picks, free agents, QB play, etc etc, but when the vast majority are calling for Haslett’s head then there must be something in it. If nothing else happens in the off season, at least let’s get rid of the incompetent DC.

    • hitmeimopen - Dec 31, 2014 at 10:14 AM

      Our defense has been painful to watch for years. Our offense hasn’t been great for years (minus the aberration of ’12) our STs have sucked pretty consistently. So what is it that makes our fanbase actually think that there’s a coordinator here or a player there that, once replaced, is going to put out the dumpster fire?
      Our owner is a stain that causes everything below it to reek-and he has set things up to continue this way because he wants to play with our team. Open your eyes to this fact and then you’ll see why nothing will change until he is gone. If he were to magically wake up one day and say, “I want football people to run the show”, then I’d say maybe. But he won’t because he is small-minded and has a clear history of being a moron. A rich moron, yes, but still the rich moron who owns my team.
      The best we can hope for would be if Allen resigns. But even then Dan would find another worthless yes man to be the most important person in terms of following a plan for success. We need a real GM who has control of an overall plan.
      Won’t happen with this guy.

  3. shermanp79 - Dec 31, 2014 at 8:42 AM

    I know Gruden wants to believe it’s the lack of talent to blame for the horrible defense. The problem is Haslet is the one who wanted the players. I think some aren’t being used correctly also. They need a different voice and approach. It’s time for Haslet to go. It has been 5 years of horrific showings. It’s not about liking someone. This team will never win with that kind of results on defense. So Gruden has to know a change is needed, even if he publicly supports him. He has only been here a year, the defense hasn’t improved in 5 years. There have been too many young QBs who look like All Pros over the last 5 years. That should tell you all you need to know. The other big issue is that none or very few of the players have improved. That is a big problem.

  4. charley42 - Dec 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Rich –

    Curious about what happened. You said that AlMo needed 81 yds. to get to 1K before the Dallas game but now I see that he has 1074 yds. What gives?

    • ajbus1 - Dec 31, 2014 at 1:14 PM

      It was 81 to become the 13th player to have 4000yds in his first three seasons in the nfl.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 31, 2014 at 7:31 PM

      No, I said he needed 81 to get over 4,000 for his career.

      > > >

  5. ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Dec 31, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Why should a season ticket holder or an out of town fan with the Sunday ticket renew to continue to spend his money when the organization just can’t get it right?

    Good. I’m afraid this team will never be decent again as long as Snyder owns it.

    • rtcwon - Dec 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

      Really? I was going to blast Rich for such a stupid question. But it resonated with you, the only poster who doesn’t regurgitate media non-sense. What do you want Allen to say? What do you want to hear?

      To me, I’ll always pay for the ticket, watch every snap, buy paraphernalia, etc because that’s what fanatics do.

      If I could ask Bruce one question it would be: “Can you state that no one remaining in the front office has ever been an anonymous source and if anyone is ever found to be an anonymous source, they will immediately be fired?”

      Other than that issue, pro personel is the only area that I question being on the right track.

      • Joe Greene - Dec 31, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        And you’re the reason why the franchise is where it is now.

        In Caps land we developed an approach a few years back with the owner who constantly meddled in day to day workings of the team and cared more about merchandising and raises ticket prices through the roof than anything else.

        NAFD (Not Another Fing Dollar)

        Skins fans need to do exactly that until Snyder hires a real football person as GM and let’s him do his job without any interference. No more playing favorites with players, no more forcing obscenely one-sided trades for gimmick QBs, no more suing Grandmas during the recession for not being able to pay for their tickets. Danny Boy needs to be persona non grata from now on. He can resurface the moment a SB is won.

      • redskinsinrichmondva - Dec 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM

        Joe, you watch the games along with the rest of us. You’re not above “blame” either.

        (Rich should post something about the false narrative of Synder “forcing” Shanahan to trade picks to draft Griffin — a narrative that you foolishly continue to buy into, — but that’s for another topic.)

        • Joe Greene - Dec 31, 2014 at 7:37 PM

          Ah yes, the “false” narrative that was confirmed by taking another QB in the 4th round. No coach is giving up all of that for the #2 pick overall and then picking another QB in the same draft. None.

        • redskinsinrichmondva - Jan 1, 2015 at 6:37 PM

          The Cousins pick doesn’t qualify as “proof”. Griffin had an injury history before the draft, and it isn’t implausible to think that while Shanahan decided to draft Griffin, Cousins was also drafted as an insurance QB in case Griffin had injuries as a pro.

          Shanahan had autonomy over his team roster and draft picks, and this has been shown. The burden of proof is on YOU to show that Synder forced him to trade those picks for Griffin. And you have not done that. Seems as if making things up without using rock-solid evidence is the way to argue in the comment boxes.

  6. deshackle - Dec 31, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Gruden is on the fast track to being fired. Fighting for Haslett is a page out of the Shanahan book, loyalty to your own cause instead of loyalty to the team and franchise. In fact, he may not make it the entire season next year. He should really concentrate on fighting for himself.

    I thought Gruden was an offensive guru? His offense showed no creativity, was a lack luster and predictable. Pierre Garcon’s and Alfred Morris drop off is telling evidence. Garcon is one of the best weapons in the league and needs 10 touches per game, even if you have to line him up in the backfield. Kyle Shanahan is a better play caller.

    4 and 12 is on the head coach. I hope Gruden and the team can improve.

  7. Josh - Dec 31, 2014 at 10:12 AM

    I agree Rich, Bruce needs to give some good reasons why season ticket holders should renew. They haven’t gotten things right and in my opinion Dan Snyder needs a new football guy at the top, someone who can evaluate talent and with a history of positive production. What about our scout team? Have they been productive or is it time their held accountable as well? For the most part our drafts haven’t been very good. Is it a problem with the decision makers or the evaluators? Lots of Blame to go around. It’s time for the major organizational changes throughout in my opinion.

  8. hitmeimopen - Dec 31, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    Don’t expect any real answers from BA. Yes man to the max. It wouldn’t be so bad if he had talent but, alas, he has none.

  9. colmac69 - Dec 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Haslett gone…….mutually agreed with gruden this morning. …..right decision

    • goback2rfk - Dec 31, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      If people think getting rid of Haz will change anything they are mistaking. Sure it was the right call, but this organization as much larger problems than one defensive coordinator.

      Allen should resign or be fired also and major changes need to be accomplished this year. Simply firing off one def. coordinator and keeping with a dis-functional upper management will do nothing to rectify the situation.

      Fire everyone and hire in the right people and get Snyder out of the decision making process. Archives

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