Tucker: Redskins should 'give Gruden another year'

Josh Luckenbaugh
December 28, 2018 - 11:42 am
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As the chants of #FireBruceAllen rained down on Twitter this week, some fans have also called for Redskins head coach Jay Gruden to lose his job after the 2018 season.

However, Ross Tucker believes Gruden deserves at least one more year to try and turn Washington around, citing injuries as a key factor in the disappointing finish to the year.

"I'm amazed they're still playing at all, that they're still competitive in these games with Josh Johnson out there," Tucker told The Sports Junkies Friday.

"I guess people think of Jay Gruden as mediocre, I guess I look at it like: this is the first year he's actually had a decent defense, and even when he had (Kirk) Cousins there last year, the O-line got so decimated — this year again."

"I would give Gruden another year. I don't really know all the business stuff, but it doesn't seem like it's real healthy down there."

The Redskins are 35-43-1 so far during Gruden's tenure, and have officially missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season. And as Tucker mentioned, the roster has been crippled by injuries once again: 23 players are currently on IR after Thursday's additions of Colt McCoy and Jordan Reed. 

Additionally, the team has dealt with plenty of off-the-field drama and controversy, including (but not limited to) the Reuben Foster signing, Montae Nicholson's arrest, D.J. Swearinger's release and the firing of several top business executives.

But while it may not seem like it, other teams are in more dire straits than Washington, Tucker says.

"I know they're not going to the playoffs, but to me at least — the players on the field and the coaches, to a little lesser extent — this is not a team I would be embarrassed by if I were a Redskins fan," the former Redskin said. 

"I do a lot of radio hits around the country, and there's a lot of places where it's a lot, lot worse than Washington these days."

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