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Report: Jay Gruden fires Washington’s entire defensive staff

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After missing the playoffs, Jay Gruden is making big changes in Washington.

Gruden is firing his entire defensive coaching staff, Jason LaCanfora of CBS reports.

The firing of defensive coordinator Joe Barry comes as no surprise, given Washington’s defensive struggles this season both against the pass and against the run. Barry spent two seasons as the defensive coordinator in Washington and did not see improvement in the unit.

Firing all of the other assistants, including some whom Gruden hired before hiring Barry, is a surprise. But Gruden may want his new defensive coordinator to start with a clean slate, and the easiest way to do that is to let the new coordinator bring in his own staff of defensive assistants.

Gruden needs to be sure he chooses wisely in finding replacements for the defensive staff. Although Gruden has always been an offensive coach, the whole team is his responsibility. And if the defense doesn’t improve next year, it could be Gruden whose job is on the line.

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  1. kemp13 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:29 PM

    Best thing I’ve read all day. Shows Gruden is serious.

  2. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 5, 2017 12:29 PM

    Rex Ryan

  3. latinlover11 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:30 PM

    Desperation moves like this hardly ever work out. We know that the Jets and the Redskins might be looking for new HC’s in 2018.

  4. key2heat says: Jan 5, 2017 12:30 PM

    HA! Chubby Gruden should be shown the door also. Keep passing the ball cousins. HAHAHA

  5. clayjtitan66 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:30 PM

    Sexy Rexy?

  6. mcjon22 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:32 PM

    Ahh, the kiss of death.

    When soon to be terminated coaches fire all of their coaches to try and save themselves.

  7. eazeback says: Jan 5, 2017 12:33 PM

    wont make a difference they wont be competing for the nfc east title anytime soon…I even forsee the eagles being better than them next yr

  8. douchebigelow says: Jan 5, 2017 12:33 PM

    The entire league LOL’S at the Re_skins

  9. blkandgld4eva says: Jan 5, 2017 12:35 PM

    I heard there are a couple of Ryan brothers who are looking for work.

  10. fefotrtv says: Jan 5, 2017 12:35 PM

    He’s making room for Gus Bradley and staff

  11. byHim4u says: Jan 5, 2017 12:36 PM

    Wow, bold move! Can’t say I’ve every heard an NFL coach doing this before.

  12. upperdecker19 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:37 PM

    I sure like that Jay Gruden guy!!!

    Regards,
    Jon Gruden – ESPN

  13. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 5, 2017 12:37 PM

    He should take the Joe Gibbs approach: Hire the best defensive mind and motivator available and let him have complete control of everything “defense.”

    Yes, Joe Gibbs was an offensive braniac. But when it came to challenging his defensive coordinators who were having mid-game difficulty, Gibbs would literally leave his direction at statements like, “Stop these guys!”

  14. deshackle says: Jan 5, 2017 12:37 PM

    Good move Daniel Snyder.

  15. fordbw says: Jan 5, 2017 12:37 PM

    This is what we in the business call “passing the buck”

  16. bythebay15 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:38 PM

    Gus Bradley. Someone bet me.

  17. shaymusvandelay says: Jan 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    I would take Gus Bradley over Rex. Less of a circus. Rex and Dan Snyder together under one Big Top?!?

  18. key2heat says: Jan 5, 2017 12:45 PM

    REX RYAN PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE

  19. getyourownname says: Jan 5, 2017 12:46 PM

    Did they tell them to take their dog, too?

  20. nard100 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:47 PM

    This smacks of Daniel Snyder. You can imagine him approaching Gruden and “suggesting” that he fire the whole defensive staff.

  21. shurmanblog says: Jan 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    Wonder if Cousins didn’t throw the horrible interception, Washington won , made the playoffs would they get fired ?

  22. mantorras says: Jan 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    If his name was Jay Miller he’d be selling cars.

  23. stoneydog1000 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:50 PM

    Grab the Texans defensive line coach, Anthony Weaver, before someone else does. Look at the Texans line without JJ Watt.

  24. nizzeldizzel says: Jan 5, 2017 12:52 PM

    Oh, but I thought it was all Cousins fault! (Sarcasm)

  25. nyneal says: Jan 5, 2017 12:52 PM

    Can you say Rex Ryan as DC?

  26. finocc82 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:53 PM

    Mike Pettine. You get a Rex Ryan defense without Rex.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 5, 2017 12:53 PM

    “I heard there are a couple of Ryan brothers who are looking for work.”

    I’ll take “How can we make the Redskins defense even worse than it already was?” for 400 Alex

  28. skinsrock says: Jan 5, 2017 12:56 PM

    It needed to be done… Joe Barry might be a good LB coach but through his time with the Lions/Redskins as a DC… He has been terrible and at the bottom statistically every time. I would like to see one of the experienced coordinators out there get the job… Rex Ryan, Gus Bradley, or Wade Phillips.

  29. nizzeldizzel says: Jan 5, 2017 12:57 PM

    @shurmanblog

    Maybe if Gruden hadn’t taken a timeout, we could have kept the momentum up, the D on their heels, and scored. Why does no one care about that? Coaches put their players in advantageous positions. Calling a timeout allowed the D to make subs, get organized and grab a breath. It allowed the other team a breather when we should have been going for the kill.

    And it was an interception, but it wasn’t a bad one. It came at a bad time, but that was the read and the throw went where it should have. The problem was that Cousins had to wait half a second longer than he should have because the line failed to block someone and Cousins had to move in the pocket, which also didn’t allow him to set his feet properly and the ball floated a little. If you want to pin the blame all on Cousins, go for it, but there was more than one failure on that play, starting with the decision to take a time out.

  30. smovsoulja says: Jan 5, 2017 12:57 PM

    I applaud Gruden for this move to improve his defense. I just with my Saints would do the same to improve their defense!

  31. Rdog says: Jan 5, 2017 12:59 PM

    I’m not sure why he would do that. I mean Washington had a good season and just lost to Alabama. Everyone loses to Alabama.

  32. firerogergoodellnow says: Jan 5, 2017 12:59 PM

    Gus Bradley did work for Jon Gruden his last couple years in Tampa.

  33. firesnyder says: Jan 5, 2017 1:00 PM

    Had to be done. Get rid of the 3-4 as well. Bring in a D-coordinator with a proven ability to stop the run. That’s what we need, especially against Dallas’ half-shirt hero. Draft or snag a safety in free agency… we have the corners to play at least SOME man to man. Lets go!

  34. tacowrecker says: Jan 5, 2017 1:01 PM

    Plenty of better options out there. Wade Phillips isn’t under contract. Send the Brinks truck to Colorado and bring him back to DC. How about John Pagano? He’d be an improvement over Barry, for sure. Rex Ryan, maybe? Plenty of good defensive coaches available.

  35. vusnu says: Jan 5, 2017 1:01 PM

    This is the beginning of the end of the Gruden era. DeSean Jackson is leaving – so nobody will be able to take the top off the defense. Kirk Cousins is demanding a fortune and will be unhappy if he is tagged again. The team ended the year on a sour note. I predict a 5-11 season or worse for the Skins next year.

  36. philyeagles5 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:03 PM

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 5, 2017 12:29 PM

    Rex Ryan
    =================================
    i think he’ll be back head coaching. he shouldnt have even been fired.

  37. amaf21 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:04 PM

    Wade Phillips. #micdrop

  38. spotsdad says: Jan 5, 2017 1:06 PM

    Hiring Rex would be just foolish. ..Now Rob on the other hand!

  39. porkchopmoon says: Jan 5, 2017 1:08 PM

    Come On Down!!!… GREGG WILLIAMS!! Back home again.

  40. feckyerlife says: Jan 5, 2017 1:11 PM

    I still never understood why they hired him in the first place, he was DC once before of a 0-16 team, should tell you everything

  41. darcrequiem says: Jan 5, 2017 1:12 PM

    I didn’t know Jay Gruden had the power to fire the defensive staff of the Washington Huskies

  42. jim699 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:13 PM

    I applaud Gruden for this move to improve his defense. I just with my Saints would do the same to improve their defense!

    _________________

    The Saints fired their DC last season. I’m sorry if the defense didn’t get better. Maybe there’s another issue.

  43. jfholdforth says: Jan 5, 2017 1:17 PM

    Gibbs inherited Ritchie Petitbone. Whose defense stopped Gibbs offense the year prior when the Chargers visited RFK in 1980. Air Coryell was grounded. Petitbone should be in the Hall of Fame.

  44. exinsidetrader says: Jan 5, 2017 1:24 PM

    Scumbag move.

  45. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 5, 2017 1:26 PM

    I wonder what Bruce Allen and Scott McCloughan had to say?

  46. nowearman714 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:31 PM

    Wait ONE minute…….

    “Jason LaCanfora of CBS reports…”???

    Since when did Mike Lombardi start working for the Red…er….Washington??

  47. key2heat says: Jan 5, 2017 1:38 PM

    The defense kept them in the game against NY. Junky Cousins blew that game. TRUTH

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Jan 5, 2017 1:45 PM

    You guys keep saying Gus Bradley when he’s already said he’s going wherever Anthony Lynn’s going…

  49. oldcracker says: Jan 5, 2017 1:50 PM

    Yah, bring in Mike Pettine. You saw what he did to a decent Bills defense, and then with 7 pro-bowlers on the Browns team.

    Yah, bring in Mike Pettine because “his dad used to be a pretty good high school coach in Pennsylvania.” – Joe Banner & Mike Dumbardi.

  50. footballzblog says: Jan 5, 2017 2:37 PM

    Dumpster fire of an organization from top to bottom.

  51. stevejjones says: Jan 5, 2017 2:56 PM

    Rex Ryan should go to Chicago. Complete the circle. When I first met you I was but the student, now I am the master.

  52. kmartin173 says: Jan 5, 2017 3:03 PM

    Its a good thing the Cowboys didn’t do that every time Romo threw a season-ending pick.

  53. veracityguy says: Jan 5, 2017 3:36 PM

    After scoring only 10 points in the Giant game, maybe he should fire all the offensive coaches too. Come to think of it, special teams wasn’t so great either. I also think the locker room attendants have to share in this debacle.

  54. buffalobraves says: Jan 5, 2017 7:32 PM

    philyeagles5 says:
    Jan 5, 2017 1:03 PM
    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 5, 2017 12:29 PM

    Rex Ryan
    =================================
    i think he’ll be back head coaching. he shouldnt have even been fired.

    —————————————————–

    Rex Ryan shouldn’t have been fired? Really?! If he’s so good why don’t you Filly Fans pick him up off the waiver wire? We are glad to see him and his brother gone gone gone. Geez, over-promise and under-deliver, take a team south, and ruin a defense, he’s all yours.

  55. laserw says: Jan 5, 2017 8:25 PM

    Glad to see Chubbs Gruden making the right choice.

    Barry should never have been hired. Even Elmer Fudd could do better – or these Cousins haters here who have IQ’s that borrow points just so they can do a number 2.

  56. axespray says: Jan 5, 2017 8:28 PM

    You mean the only coaches that showed up for the “Win and you’re in” game?

  57. ridnaway says: Jan 6, 2017 9:24 AM

    He’ll reach out to Paul Gunther of the Bengals. That will make for another nuclear decimation of Bengal OC’s and DC’s to include Mike Zimmer, Jay Gruden, Hue Jackson and Paul Gunther, not to mention the army of assistants they all took with them. But hey, they’ll still have Coach Giggles at least!

    God hates the Bengals.

  58. eramming says: Jan 7, 2017 9:43 AM

    This smells of Dan Snyder. I’m sure he forced Gruden to fire his guys. Gruden is weak so he agreed.

  59. couchbasher says: Jan 8, 2017 1:34 PM

    Ray Horton is now available!

  60. richabbs says: Jan 9, 2017 4:05 PM

    I applaud Gruden for this move to improve his defense. I just with my Saints would do the same to improve their defense!

    _________________

    The Saints fired their DC last season. I’m sorry if the defense didn’t get better. Maybe there’s another issue.

    _________________

    Well, the Saints fired their DL and LB coaches this year. They are taking the “slow bandage removal” approach, rather than the “rip it off all at once” approach.

  61. richabbs says: Jan 9, 2017 4:23 PM

    Yah, bring in Mike Pettine. You saw what he did to a decent Bills defense, and then with 7 pro-bowlers on the Browns team.

    Yah, bring in Mike Pettine because “his dad used to be a pretty good high school coach in Pennsylvania.” – Joe Banner & Mike Dumbardi.

    __________________

    The Bills were the 27th ranked defense per Football Outsider’s defensive DVOA rankings for 2012, the year before Pettine coached there and then ranked 4th in 2013, the year he was the D Coordinator. The Browns were ranked 24th in DVOA in 2013, the year before Pettine coached there, then went to 11th his 1st year as HC.

  62. BigVinnyInJax says: Jan 9, 2017 8:16 PM

    Probably going to hire Gus Bradley. He still has the stink of being a HORRIBLE HEAD COACH all over him, but he’s a competent DC.

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