Feinstein: Gruden may keep job without playoffs

Ben Krimmel
October 12, 2018 - 1:20 pm

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Jay Gruden may keep his job as Redskins head coach even if the team doesn't make the playoffs this year, John Feinstein said Friday. 

Feinstein noted that Gruden is different from past Redskins head coaches like Mike Shanahan and Marty Schottenheimer who lost their jobs after quarreling with Washington owner Dan Snyder over power and control of the roster.

"I think the fact that Jay (Gruden) is not demanding in that sense, it helps him," Feinstein told The Sports Junkies. "And just as Jason Garrett accepting all the garbage that comes from Jerry Jones is the reason he still has the job, even though they've only been to the playoffs down there twice in seven years."

In Feinstein's opinion, if the Redskins fall apart this season, then Gruden's job would be in jeopardy, but he sees that as unlikely. 

"But if they're 8-8 or go 9-7 and miss the playoffs," Feinstein said, "then I think he might be able to stick around next year. I think it would be a toss-up at that point."

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Who does Feinstein blame for Washington's woes, if not the head coach?

"I don't think the coach has been the reason for the mediocrity," Feinstein said. "I think it goes up top."

"I didn't think he was a great hire, but I think he's turned out to be a better coach," Feinstein said. "I think he's been a steadying hand in a locker room that's part of an organization that's run by Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen. I don't think I need to say more."

"I think Alex Smith is a better quarterback than Kirk Cousins," Feinstein argues, although he does see the Redskins' handling of Cousins' contract situation as to blame for the franchise's recent struggles.

"The way they handled the Kirk Cousins situation dating to 2015, when Scot McCloughan – who was the general manager and supposedly was the number one football decision maker – wanted to sign him to a five-year contract that would have kept him here for reasonable money is an example of why this team is in constant turmoil."

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