Jon Gruden: ‘How Can I Not Love The Redskins?’

Posted by Stephen Czarda on May 16, 2014 – 11:15 am


Despite being an analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football and hosting his own television show each spring with NFL hopefuls, each telecasted to millions, it would have been understandable if Jon Gruden was nervous when he spoke to those in attendance at the 25th annual Burgundy and Gold Banquet. Joe Gibbs, three-time Super Bowl winner and founder and chairman of Youth For Tomorrow, accepted his Lifetime Achievement award just moments before he took center stage.

Big shoes to fill, right?

But he had no choke-ups. With former colleagues sitting just feet from the podium and his brother Jay, head coach of the Washington Redskins, looking on the former NFL coach was at ease.

And he let everyone know that he’s loves the burgundy and gold.

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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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London Fletcher Sees Success For McVay

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on February 11, 2014 – 10:31 am



London Fletcher’s sight made him special.

The linebacker’s film study and work habits led to in-game prescience that drew praise from coaches and teammates and as they reflected on 16 seasons of productive play.

In an exclusive interview with, Fletcher discussed how his observations in practice influenced his opinion of Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay, who spent the past three seasons coaching tight ends.

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Sean McVay: There Are ‘A Lot Of Good Things To Build On’

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 17, 2014 – 11:13 am


Sean McVay appeared on “Redskins Nation” with Larry Michael on Thursday and assured viewers Washington’s offense wouldn’t ignore the elements that made it a top-10 unit during the past two years.

The 27-year old offensive coordinator said he and Jay Gruden would collaborate to meld facets of the foundation the Redskins built on offense since Robert Griffin III arrived in 2012 with components of Gruden’s scheme from Cincinnati.

“What makes Jay great as a coach is, he’s never going to be the type of guy that’s going to say, ‘Hey this is my offense, and you’re going to fit into it.’ He’s going to find what our players do best,” McVay told Michael.

“With the things we were able to do the last two years offensively, there will be a lot of that stuff.” Read more »

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‘Everyone Likes’ Sean McVay

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 15, 2014 – 11:35 am


Jay Gruden wasn’t ready to commit to Sean McVay right away, but on Wednesday the Redskins confirmed what has been reported since the head coach’s first day in Washington.

The Redskins announced McVay will be promoted from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator.

Last night on The Drive with Cooley and Czabe on ESPN980, Chris Cooley effusively supported the 27-year old coach. Read more »

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Jay Gruden: ‘Nice. Good For Sean’ McVay

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 10, 2014 – 2:00 pm

(CSN Washington)

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On the first day of his Redskins tenure, Jay Gruden has distinguished himself with his sense of humor.

For example, when Tarik El-Bashir asked Gruden if he had selected his offensive and defensive coordinators during the new coach’s introductory press conference, Gruden could have simply said, “No.”

He could have said, “No, that answer is kept in a lockbox in my new office which will only be opened if Bruce Allen and I use custom paired keys and turn counter clockwise at the same time.”

Instead, Gruden responded with levity when El-Bashir mentioned reports of tight ends coach Sean McVay earning a promotion to offensive coordinator. Read more »

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Watch Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden Introduce Himself to Washington

Posted by Gabe Hiatt on January 9, 2014 – 6:17 pm


Bruce Allen didn’t mind answering the phone in the middle of the night.

The Redskins Executive Vice President/General Manager said he received calls at “all hours of the evening” from coaches looking to praise the man sitting to his right inside the auditorium at Redskins Park.

Jay Gruden’s references were impeccable.

Allen introduced Gruden as the 29th head coach of the Washington Redskins in a Thursday night press conference. The executive detailed the franchise’s exhaustive search for it’s new leader and the qualities required of the man who would direct the football team.

Gruden had the fire in his belly Allen described 11 days earlier.

The team’s new teacher accepted a round of applause before thanking his family. Gruden thanked Marvin Lewis, Mike Brown and all the Cincinnati Bengals, then showed his appreciation for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and Allen.

For about 45 minutes, he fielded questions about reviewing the assets he has in Washington, his impressions of quarterback Robert Griffin III and if he favors a 3-4 or a 4-3 defense. Gruden talked about his history with Allen, picking a coaching staff and much more.

Watch the full press conference below and follow the Redskins on Twitter and Instagram for breaking news as Gruden hires his staff.

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Sean McVay On Tight Ends And Pottery

Posted by Ross Leonhart on May 25, 2011 – 11:48 am

Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay is entering his first full season with the Redskins after taking over the job on an interim basis at the end of last year. He talked to Amanda Mitchell of the Redskins Broadcast Network about the team’s tight end situation, compliments from Chris Cooley, and … um … pottery. intern Ross Leonhart has the report for those of you who don’t enjoy watching video.

Tight ends coach Sean McVay knows that he’s coaching an enviable assortment of players.

“I really feel good about the group that we have,” McVay tells Amanda Mitchell, in an interview aired on Redskins Nation. “One of the things that’s unique about the tight end position is you ask the guys to block and pass protect like an offensive lineman, but then you also expect them to run routes like a wide receiver and I think Chris (Cooley) is one of those guys that can really do all those things, and Fred (Davis) and Logan (Paulsen) also. So it’s a neat group.”

Last season, the Redskins tight end corps had 100 catches for 1,175 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Two More Coaches: Steve Jackson and Sean McVay

Posted by Matt Terl on January 22, 2010 – 3:29 pm

The Redskins announced two more coaching moves today — or, rather, one move and one staying-in-the-same place. Steve Jackson has been retained as Safties Coach and Sean McVay has been added as an Offensive Assistant.

Jackson has been the Safties coach here since 2004; he was instrumental in the development of the late Sean Taylor, and has also done wonders with unheralded young players like Reed Doughty and Chris Horton. He’s a popular coach who also has some incredibly stylish golf pants and made an interesting sartorial decision at this year’s Welcome Home Luncheon. On the whole, this is a good keep-around, for both on-field and on-blog reasons.

McVay worked as a Quality Control/Wide Receivers coach on the UFL’s Florida Tuskers (with new Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett) last year, and was an Offensive Assistant with Tampa Bay the year prior. “Sean is a young, energetic coach who comes from a great football background,” new Head Coach Mike Shanahan said in a statement. “We are excited to have him on our staff.”

Here’s how precocious McVay is: he played his college ball at Miami (Ohio), where he was a wide receiver. But he never caught a pass from noted Miami (OH) alum Ben Roethlisberger, because McVay arrived at the school in 2004, the year Roethlisberger was selected in the NFL Draft. That is today’s sign that I am catastrophically old.
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