But obviously wheels had to be turning behind the scenes that things were moving in that direction. But what of the over 300 text messages that Gruden said he received from coaches all over the country wanting to join his staff? Will those coaches only be receiving cursory interviews, because the positions have already been filled by current staff members?
And yes Gruden has connections to Haslett, McVay, and Morris from prior coaching jobs. Apparently McVay is a rising star in the coaching ranks, and has been endorsed by several current and past Redskins players. However, it would be a huge buzz kill on Gruden’s hiring to see Haslett kept on the staff, after his failures under Shanahan.
The statistical numbers don’t justify bring Haslett back. But maybe those aren’t the numbers the Redskins are concerned with. Maybe it’s the numbers of his contract buy out that are the real justification for keeping him. But hopefully the Redskins aren’t trying to force these coaching onto Jay Gruden.
Hopefully he won’t buy into the ridiculous assertion to keep Jim Haslett and will bring in his own defensive coordinator, and give the defense a new voice. Gruden should cut as many ties to the Shanahan regime as possible, and not turn this into a situation where he’s merely stepping in for Shanahan and most of the Shanahan’s staff stays in tact.
The Redskins might save themselves some cash by doing that, but in retrospect they would be short-changing their fans.