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Report: Jay Gruden thinks Kirk Cousins is better fit for offense than RG3

Kirk-CousinsSince he was hired as head coach of the Washington Redskins, Jay Gruden has remained committed to Robert Griffin III — at least publicly. Despite reports from training camp about New England Patriots officials saying Kirk Cousins looked like the best quarterback at Redskins training camp, Cousins never stood a chance at starting. He does now, and you have to wonder if Washington is better off for it.

After Griffin suffered an ankle injury on Sunday that could keep him out for a significant period of time, Cousins took over and completed 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to Mike Wise of the Washington Post, Gruden has believed Cousins is a better fit for his offense all along.

[WATCH: The play where RG3 injured his ankle]

Wise reports that RG3 has had trouble picking up Gruden’s offense, but Gruden knew starting Cousins would create major issues within the Redskins organization. The first-year head coach has been committed to helping Griffin become a better pocket passer, though he has reportedly questioned privately if RG3 is the right man to lead the team over the long term.

Early indications are that Griffin suffered a dislocated ankle and could miss anywhere from a month to the remainder of the season. While Wise was quick to point out that he in no way believes Gruden was rooting for an injury, he did ask a longtime team employee if he had ever seen a team look so happy after its franchise quarterback and top offseason acquisition (DeSean Jackson also left with an injury) had to leave the game.

“No,” the employee told Wise, choosing not to elaborate.

The Redskins did win 41-10, so that’s probably why they were in high spirits. Gruden said he was “sick” over the RG3 injury but expressed full confidence in Cousins.

“I feel like we can win any game with Kirk Cousins … Kirk is a special guy,” he said. “He started four games last year and didn’t have great success, but obviously has a skill set that I feel like is very much suited for what we do. He can handle it mentally, and obviously, physically. I feel that he can make every throw in the book and we are going to move forward with Kirk.”

Again, no one is accusing anyone of rooting for injuries. That said, you can’t ignore the fact that it will be interesting to see how Gruden’s offense operates with Cousins running it instead of RG3. If Cousins plays like he did Sunday going forward, a quarterback controversy is not out of the question.

H/T Around the League

Jay Gruden thought Redskins played the Browns? (Video)

Jay-GrudenJay Gruden lost his first career game as an NFL head coach on Sunday. The Washington Redskins were dominated by the Houston Texans’ front seven and were unable to get anything going on offense. Don’t tell that to Gruden, though, because he thinks his team lost to the Cleveland Browns.

“You know, it’s frustrating,” Gruden told reporters after the game. “Hats off to Cleveland for forcing those turnovers…”

This is the same Jay Gruden who talked about leading “Raider Nation” shortly after he was hired in Washington, so he’s no stranger to slips of the tongue. To be honest, I kind of expected Robert Griffin III to be the one confused after the game. Did you see the beating he took from JJ Watt? Woof…

GIF via Twitter/Dan Steinberg

Jay Gruden’s eyes pop out of his head following third RG3 question in interview

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Jay Gruden has been the head coach of the Washington Redskins for less than a day, and the guy is already sick of questions about Robert Griffin III.

Hours after Gruden, the former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator, was introduced Thursday as the new head coach of the Skins, he did an interview with ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Host Lindsay Czarniak peppered him with three straight RG3 questions, even though Gruden made it clear after the first question that he hadn’t spoken with Griffin yet. That didn’t stop Czarniak from following up twice with RG3 questions, leading Gruden’s eyes to pop out of his head after the third question.

“Jay, how much communication have you had with RG3?” was the first question.

“None yet. I’ve been talking with you guys for the last 3-4 hours,” he answered.

“When do you expect to first be able to sit down with him?” she asked.

“I don’t know. I don’t know, I just got here,” Gruden said. “I have to find a great staff, and that’s my first order of business.”

That answer didn’t stop Czarniak from tripling down on RG3 questions, leading to Gruden’s great, overwhelmed reaction.

“When you do have the opportunity to sit down with the franchise quarterback, RG3, what are you going to convey as your expectations for him as a leader for this team?”

Below is the video:

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Jay Gruden to become Washington Redskins head coach

Jay GrudenThe Washington Redskins have reportedly hired Jay Gruden to be the team’s next head coach. A press conference is scheduled for 4 p.m. EST on Thursday to announce the move, which was reported by various media outlets.

Gruden interviewed for the Redskins job on Wednesday, and several beat writers speculated that he would be offered the job and accept it. There was some speculation that Gruden might prefer the Tennessee Titans job, but Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been known for sparing no expense to land the coach he likes the most. Apparently that was Gruden.

Gruden has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. For whatever reason, his accomplishments in Cincinnati have made him a top head coaching candidate. As LB mentioned earlier this week, we don’t really understand what Gruden has done with the Bengals’ offense that makes him so special.

As many of you know, Jay Gruden is the younger brother of ESPN analyst and former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Perhaps the name “Gruden” has gone a long way for Jay over the past few years. Time will tell if he is able to get a Redskins offense that was abysmal in 2013 back on track.

Jay Gruden reportedly is Redskins’ top choice for head coach

Jay GrudenJay Gruden is the Washington Redskins’ top choice for their head coaching vacancy and likely to become their next coach, according to reports.

The Redskins confirmed that Gruden, who is the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, interviewed for the job on Wednesday. Gruden interviewed with the Titans on Tuesday and is scheduled to interview with the Vikings on Thursday. The Lions have also reportedly reached out to him.

NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington has said the past few days that he believes Gruden will be the next coach of Washington:

The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud said the same thing:

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on “NFL Insiders” that Gruden has “always been near the top of [the Redskins'] list.” He also says if Gruden leaves, the Bengals will likely promote Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator.

The Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Gruden is believed to be the Redskins’ first choice, but they’re not sure if the feeling is mutual. They say Gruden may prefer the Titans job, but that owner Daniel Snyder could make an offer Gruden can’t refuse.

Aside from his last name being “Gruden,” I don’t see what makes him such a great head coaching candidate. Are you really telling me that Jay has done special things with the Bengals’ offense? I don’t see it.