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.

62 responses to “Report: Jay Gruden fires Washington’s entire defensive staff

  1. 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

  2. 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!”

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

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

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

  6. “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

  7. 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.

  8. @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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

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

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

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

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

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    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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

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

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

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    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.

  23. 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.

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    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.

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