In his Wednesday press conference, Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden was asked why he thinks he will succeed when other very good coaches have failed as Redskins head coach in the past? Gruden stated:
“You try to learn from history, coaches past mistakes. Not only here, but every other franchise in the NFL and you learn as a coach. You know learn what we did in Cincinnati. What we did right, what I think we did wrong how we ended the season, how poorly we finished and what we can do to rectify that. So you try to take it all for a grain of salt.
But ultimately it’s your team and your stamp and you have to do it your way and feel good about it and feel confident in your abilities in leading and coaching and not worry about the second guessing. Because it going to come eventually, we’re going to get second guessed all the time, but we have to feel confident the way we’re doing things is the right way and the best way for them to succeed on Sundays. and ultimately that’s all we can ask. “
It seems that Jay Gruden has a good grasp on what needs to be done, and has a good mindset. He’s been a head coach before, but not at the NFL level, and not in Washington D.C. so it’s good that he will look at the things that other Redskins coaches have failed at, and try to learn from them.
You can already see he’s learned from some of Mike Shanahan’s mistakes, but if he doesn’t then he’s doomed to repeat them.