Redskins: Three ways Jay Gruden can keep his job in 2020
By Ian Cummings
For the Redskins, the question remains to be seen: Is ‘good’ good enough?
It’s a question every sports franchise, including the Washington Redskins, might find themselves asking on occasion. And yet it’s the burning question that some might refuse to entertain. What if, after all the hard work you put in, all the building you accomplished, you were ultimately doomed to fall short of your goal?
We’ve seen it happen, time and time again, in the NFL. Teams make the playoffs one year, rest on their laurels, and settle for ‘good enough’. Suddenly, the next year, good enough isn’t good at all, and the foundation is upheaved as the building process starts over again.
The Redskins seem to be clinging to an uneven foundation. They had a chance to fire Jay Gruden and start anew after the 2018 season, in which Washington went 7-9 for the second consecutive year. They got rid of a good portion of his staff. But Gruden stayed.
Much will be theorized, regarding why Gruden was kept around, or whether or not the team is fully committed to him for the future. But one thing is certain; Jay Gruden is still in the building. And as long as he’s still around, he has a chance to extend his residence. But first, there are a few things he needs to do, to maximize his potential as a head coach.