Theismann On Gruden's Firing: "It Had To Happen"

The Redskins fired Jay Gruden on Monday, and Joe Theismann wasn't the least bit surprised

Reiter Than You
October 08, 2019 - 8:11 am
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After opening the season with five straight losses, the Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden on Monday.

Joe Theismann wasn’t the least bit surprised.

“It became more and more frustrating, I think, for the fans,” Theismann said on Reiter Than You. “We couldn’t score any points. We’d play a good quarter, play a good half, but haven’t been able to put a whole football game together.”

Indeed, the Redskins rank 30th in the league in scoring offense, averaging just 14.8 points per game. Only the Jets (9.8) and Dolphins (6.5) have been worse.

“Over the last couple of years, we had about 46 guys on IR,” Theismann said. “I thought Jay did a masterful job figuring out what he wanted to do with his football team in the 7-9 years over the last two. But this year, there were so many penalties. There were 56 penalties in five games. It looked undisciplined.”

Gruden may have sealed his fate after benching Adrian Peterson hours before the season-opener in Philadelphia. Derrius Guice rushed 10 times for 18 yards in a 32-27 loss.

“That, I think, sent ripples through the locker room and just never really sat well with the guys,” Theismann said. “He said Adrian wasn’t going to play a lot anyway, but the guy put up 1,000 yards a year ago. He basically came in and helped the team win seven games. It didn’t make any sense. From that time forward, it’s always been just a matter of time. 

“It had to happen,” Theismann continued. “The organization, the fans, everybody just was waiting for something to happen, and firing the coach is one of those things. You can change coaches or change quarterbacks. Change anybody else on the team, and nobody really pays much attention to it.”

Click below to listen to Theismann’s interview in its entirety.