When Jay Gruden stepped onto the stage at the Redskins Park media room and took a seat with President and general manager Bruce Allen at the press conference introducing him as the new head coach, the then-46-year-old admitted that he had a long few months ahead. He wanted to instill a confidence in the organization–especially the players–that he is the right man to lead Washington back to Super Bowl success.
“We have great expectations here,” Gruden explained. “We expect to win soon. The culture here – there’s a great history here for the Washington Redskins and there’s a lot of pride here. The fans are unbelievable here – I think 40 straight seasons of sellouts. They expect a winner. They want a winner. They don’t expect anything else.
“We just have to instill that faith that we’re going to get them to do that quickly. The history of this organization is something that we can all be proud of and anytime we put on a Redskin jersey, these players have to have a lot of pride and be excited to play. It will be a great atmosphere.”
Six months after his hiring, the roster has been outspoken about their love of Gruden’s coaching style.
CSN Washington’s Chick Hernandez sat down with Gruden to hear how his tenure as head coach has gone so far.
The next big step, of course, in Gruden’s first season as a head coach is training camp.
That starts on Thursday.
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