Is Jay Gruden being forced to take on Shanahan's assistants?

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In his initial press conference as Washington Redskins head coach, Jay Gruden made it a point to say that he will be interviewing coaches to fill out his staff, including for the coordinator positions.  However, that doesn’t change the fact that the Redskins front office chose to keep some of Mike Shanahan’s assistants on staff, and the question is why?

Why does Jay Gruden need to consider the coaches who coached under Shanahan to fill out his staff?  Curiously names like Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris are still listed by the Redskins on their coaching staff.  One has to wonder if the Redskins are really expecting Gruden to hold on to assistants from a previous failed staff.

Is this being done by the Redskins for monetary reasons?  Could the Redskins want Gruden to hold on to some of these coaches in order for the team to keep from having to spend more money to buy out coaches contracts?  Well, if that is indeed what’s going on, then I say it’s absolutely ridiculous.

Gruden should be allowed to bring in whatever coaches he chooses to for his staff.  And he shouldn’t be under any pressure to keep any of the old coaches if he chooses not to.  And even in his introductory press conference, Gruden was asked about a “report” stating that tight ends coach Sean McVay had been promoted to offensive coordinator, and Gruden denied he had been.


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