Three takeaways from the Redskins loss to the Jets
1. The Redskins need a motivator as their next head coach
For the entirety of the Jay Gruden era, the Redskins were never able to get motivated to take down their opponents. And under Bill Callahan, the same thing has been true.
The Redskins had two weeks to prepare for a bad opponent and were getting a weapon back in Guice. Yet they came out flat, didn’t look energized, and were hamstrung by poor playcalling for most of the afternoon.
This loss has underscored a need that the Redskins have long had but have not had the opportunity to add. They need a coach who will motivate their squad. Gruden’s lackadaisical attitude was allowed to linger too long and clearly, it has permeated into the current coaching staff and players. And that won’t change until there’s wholesale change on the coaching staff.
The Redskins aren’t going to bring Callahan back as the head coach — or at least, they shouldn’t — and when they explore their next hire, they need someone who is intense. Someone who can get the most of their players.
And above all else, they need someone who can bring energy to the locker room.
Finding a candidate like this won’t necessarily be easy, but there are a few out there. Notably, 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh could be a good fit. He has done excellent work with San Francisco’s defense and he is constantly seen getting people fired up on the sideline. Perhaps he should be the team’s target as they look to change things in Washington.
At this point, change is long overdue. No matter what the Redskins do, let’s hope that it will change things up after this disaster of a season.