Maybe Robert Griffin III Struggled This Year Because Washington Doesn’t Have A Quarterbacks Coach?
File this one under "Painfully Obvious Fuck-up." The Washington Football Team has had a quarterbacks issue this year -- maybe you've heard? -- and part of the reason has to be the fact that they don't employ a quarterbacks coach, as 30 other NFL teams do.
The only other team not to have a quarterbacks coach? The Patriots. Probably because they have a Hall of Fame head coach and a Hall of Fame quarterback. Washington has... neither of those things, at the moment.
Via the Washington Post:
Gruden went without a quarterbacks coach, something that only the Redskins and Patriots have opted to do his season, largely because he is very hands-on with the offense, and the quarterbacks overall. The former quarterback also serves as his own play-caller, although McVay also has a role in the game planning, play selections and coaching of that unit. McVay helps run quarterbacks through position drills, handling the same tasks that Washington’s previous quarterbacks coach, Matt LaFleur, did the past four seasons. And offensive quality control assistant Jake Peetz also helps Gruden and McVay with some of the drilling of the quarterbacks.
Meanwhile, Washington has gone through two starters at quarterback, benching them both. The third guy, Colt McCoy, has four touchdowns and three interceptions in four games.
Gruden doesn't think not having a coach contributed to his team's failure behind center this year, but then added he would consider adding one next season:
“I don’t regret it, no,” Gruden said about the decision. “Because I work closely with the quarterbacks also, and [McVay], and I figured I didn’t want to have too many voices preaching. But I think next year, if we have a spot on staff, there is a possibility we could add another guy to that area.
Yeah. Well. Um. Look. Jay Gruden, you're considered an offensive mastermind and a good quarterbacks guy. But if this season has taught you anything, it should be that you can't do everything. Hire a guy who focuses on your team's most important position... like 30 other teams, including those headed by other offensive wizards, chose to do. That is, if you still have a job next year.
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