Hoffman: Jay Gruden 'obsessed' with Byron Marshall

Josh Luckenbaugh
December 18, 2018 - 1:06 pm

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The departures of Simmie Cobbs to New Orleans and Kapri Bibbs to Green Bay over the past week have drawn heavy criticism from Redskins fans, many confused as to why both players could not find a permanent place on the active roster.

According to Craig Hoffman, it may have come down to certain people within the organization's "obsession" with players not named Bibbs or Cobbs.

In the case of Bibbs, who was waived by the team Saturday then picked up by the Packers Tuesday, Hoffman says a key factor was Jay Gruden's apparent infatuation with Byron Marshall.

"They have, and specifically Jay has, been obsessed basically with Byron Marshall's skillset," Hoffman told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier Tuesday. "And it's appealing: 1,000-yard rusher and receiver at Oregon — I feel like I say it every time, but it gives you the best example of what he's capable of — he just hasn't done it in the NFL."

"He has not been great in blitz pickup situations, and obviously on special teams, where even Kapri Bibbs was playing over Byron in a lot of special teams situations when both were healthy," Hoffman continued. "And yet, they pick (Marshall)."

"In part, it was because they had that package of plays with Chris Thompson and Byron Marshall on the field. I just don't get why you don't teach both Kapri and Byron, especially if you know that one of them might need to go by the end of the week. And Kapri is probably better for your roster overall."

As for Cobbs, many expected him to eventually be promoted from the practice squad given the injuries and lack of production from Washington's receiving corps.

However, he was claimed by the Saints before Washington could do so.

"There's no reason they should have had him still on the practice squad based off of how Michael Floyd and Maurice Harris have played," said Hoffman. "And I think why it angers so many people is that it seems to be an obsession by certain people, whether it's coaches — and I'm not talking just Jay — or front office people with certain players."

"An infatuation, and they can't get over it. And now it's cost them two good players that could have helped their football team."

Hoffman also noted both decisions were met with backlash not only from fans, but within the organization.

"It wasn't unanimous in the front office," Hoffman told Paulsen and Rouhier. "There's some people around that building who weren't exactly psyched about it."

"It is a sign that there are — I got to be really careful how I phrase this, because if you say there are warring factions — no, they had football disagreements. And different people have different opinions, and obviously some opinions go over others."

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