by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Recently retired linebacker London Fletcher openly wondered whether his former team was too hasty with the decision to hire Jay Gruden as Mike Shanahan’s successor on Thursday.

Fletcher, who hung up his cleats two weeks ago after 16 seasons in the league, says the Washington Redskins coaching job was Gruden’s to lose and that he has always been general manager Bruce Allen’s first choice.

Gruden was hired before the team scheduled interviews with San Francisco 49ers coordinators Greg Roman and Vic Fangino. Fletcher believes the Redskins should have done their due diligence and at least sat down with the pair.

Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell was the first candidate known to have interviewed with the Redskins.

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and secondary coach Raheem Morris were retained from Shanahan’s coaching staff. Fletcher insinuated the Redskins would have been better off promoting Morris to Haslett’s position.

The veteran linebacker also put to bed rumors about friction between Robert Griffin III and teammates.


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