New Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked what he thought about all of the drama that ensued last season with the team. And he stated he didn’t know what happened last year and he didn’t care. Gruden said he wanted to focus on learning from the mistakes of the past and wanted to move forward.
When questioned if he was familiar with the leaked “reports” that were broadcast 24/7 by the media, Gruden stated he’d heard the report, but he didn’t really believe all the “reports” reported by the media. And that he was focused on his team at the time, and will concentrate on making the Redskins one team with one goal, and not what’s going on with other teams.
So it seems Gruden saw through all of the attempts by Mike Shanahan to use the media to portray himself as a victim of Snyder. And none of that deterred Gruden from wanting to become the coach of the team. I don’t think this was Gruden trying to dodge the question. I actually believe him when he says he doesn’t care.
After some hand wringing by fans and media pundits that the Redskins would have trouble hiring a good candidate for the job because of all the drama, it seems that wasn’t the case at all. Gruden doesn’t seem like the desperate type to me, and he probably could have had his pick of more than one head coaching offer this season, but he chose to come to Washington.
And Gruden sounds like a no-nonsense kind of coach in how he answers questions. And maybe after time has passed that will change, but for now it refreshing. At times with Mike Shanahan it seemed like he was saying one thing, but thinking another. But whatever drama there was, Jay Gruden won’t wallow in it, and is ready to move past it. And that’s a good thing for Redskins fans.