Will Redskins fans be rooting for Jay Gruden's success in Jacksonville?

Chris Lingebach
January 22, 2020 - 2:34 pm

Former Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has landed on his feet in Jacksonville, announced as the new Jaguars offensive coordinator on Wednesday.

Gruden, 52, was fired by the Redskins in Oct. 2019 after going 0-5 to start the season. His dismissal proved to be the first step in a major overhaul of the organization, with longtime team president Bruce Allen also being fired at the conclusion of a 3-13 season. Gruden was 35-49-1 (.418) in parts of five seasons as Redskins coach.

Gruden joins a Doug Marrone staff that went 6-10 last season, with the Jaguars possessing the NFL's 20th-ranked offense. He returns to a role he previously held for three seasons in Cincinnati prior to joining the Redskins in 2014.

The announcement provoked 106.7 The Fan's Danny Rouhier to pose an interesting question: Will Redskins fans be rooting for Gruden's success in Jacksonville?

"Head coaches with the Washington Redskins – good, bad or indifferent – everybody thinks they're smarter than that guy," Rouhier began. "Everybody thinks that they could be winning, if you buy into the Redskins on an annual basis, if you buy what they sell you, that 'we're close.'"

"Then you blame the coach. Blaming the coach is time-honored," he continued. "You blame the quarterback when you don't win. You blame the coach. It becomes very easy. People are passionate about whoever the coach is or was. There are certain guys that are made. Joe Gibbs, if he went 0-16 for three straight years, would still be a hero, and rightfully so because of what he did."

"But blaming the coach, people are passionate about that kind of no matter what," Rouhier said. "Now that Manusky's out the door, any time a pass was completed, 'Ah, bleeping Manusky!' No chance it was on Jimmy Moreland. It was clearly Manusky's fault, right? People are gonna blame the coach, sometimes too much so.

"I can find plenty of fault with Jay Gruden. I can find some things he did very well, like get receivers open for the most part. A bunch of no-names are able to catch passes for him because guys are open. But I don't think Redskins Nation, such as it is, doesn't care. I think everybody cares. Right or wrong, everybody's got an opinion on it."

Rouhier's Twitter poll participants voted overwhelmingly in Gruden's favor, with 92.6 percent of respondents saying they'll be rooting for his success in Jacksonville.

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