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Gruden Addresses The Combine Crowd

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 21, 2014 – 4:15 pm



Jay Gruden reached another head coaching milestone Friday at Lucus Oil Stadium.

Gruden addressed a nationwide conglomerate of reporters at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, following the likes of Bill Belichick and Johnny Manziel at the podium for his first turn representing the Washington Redskins in Indianapolis.

The head coach talked about his respect for Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett, how he and Sean McVay will integrate familiar elements of the Redskins offense and whom he sees as Washington’s top priority in free agency.

Watch video of Gruden’s complete press conference below and follow @Redskins for coverage throughout the Combine. Read more »

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Combine Look Back: The Class Of 2012

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 21, 2014 – 1:42 pm



Although 40-yard dashes, broad jumps and bench press reps don’t really give us an idea of a prospect’s viability as a football player, the physical tests can give a glimpse at a man’s raw athletic potential and ability to thrive in a competitive atmosphere. Over the course of the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine, the Redskins blog will take a look back at how Washington’s past three draft classes fared in Indianapolis.

Prospect: QB Robert Griffin III Read more »

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Is Johnny Manziel Incomparable?

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 21, 2014 – 12:14 pm

(Two Heisman winners from Texas, AP)

(Two Heisman winners from Texas, AP)

A smoky garnish of sadness arrived alongside my chopped beef sandwich on an otherwise celebratory night at an Adams Morgan barbecue joint.

I was happy Texas A&M beat Duke on New Year’s Eve. I was happy to celebrate the holiday with friends and fatty cow cuts. I was a little glum I’d never see Johnny Manziel play college football again.

Manziel was as transfixing a quarterback as I’ve seen play for  scholarship dollars. The jackrabbit from Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, routinely stepped out of tackles, changed directions and improvised from 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage until he either ran past defenders or completed jump-balls he had no business heaving. He was also an oil heir making it rain for all to see, unapologetically  showcasing the collegiate celebrity life in 140 characters or less. Still, Manziel survived his senior season without a debilitating scandal. He missed the first half of a game against Rice, which the Aggies won by 19 points, but otherwise continued throwing up dollar signs and baiting columnists. He shared how the “Johnny Football” celebrity affected him, engendering sympathy or loathing depending on how you felt.

Now with the NFL Scouting Combine kicking off in Indianapolis, Manziel has sculpted a narrative of growth and maturity while maintaining the brashness that fuels his brand. He will address the media but won’t throw.

Until they hear from the man himself, Manziel’s best use for NFL scribes is as a comparison to past players, a swizzle stick for debate. Read more »

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Jay Gruden Watches All The Tape

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 21, 2014 – 10:21 am


Jay Gruden needed to know what he was inheriting.

So the rookie head coach watched all of Washington’s game film from 2013. Then he watched practice footage. Then he watched training camp clips.

“There’s a lot of work to do, and it’s a grind right now but it’s a lot of fun, and I’m fortunate to be in this position.” Gruden said in an exclusive interview with Larry Michael and Redskins.com at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine.

“I try to go back and see… how they practiced during the season, during the offseason, during training camp, obviously, in Richmond. So I try to evaluate everybody, how they practice, how they perform in games, and it’s been good. We’ve got a lot of good players on this team that are coming back. It’s a matter of getting the ones we want back re-signed and adding some new pieces to the puzzle.”

Watch Gruden talk about his grind, evaluating free agents and why he wanted to retain coaches from the previous staff in the video below. Read more »

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