by Chuck Carroll

ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Jay Gruden is the youngest coach hired by the Washington Redskins since a youthful Joe Gibbs took the reigns at the age of 40 in 1981. But don’t let his age or lack of experience fool you.

The 46-year-old, trustworthy first-time NFL head coach has no plans to coddle franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III.

“He’s got to understand that I expect a lot from a starting quarterback,” said Gruden. “I expect him to come in and prepare and work hard. I expect him to take the blame on some throws. I expect him to be a great leader. I expect him to do extra things to be great.”

Perhaps they’ll talk about expectations when they speak for the first time. The pair have not spoken as Griffin is currently vacationing in Hawaii.

Griffin posted a brief message on social media welcoming the new coach to Washington.

“Excited about the hiring of Coach Jay Gruden,” he said. “Can’t wait to get to work with him & the guys!”

Gruden, who reaffirmed there is no quarterback controversy in Washington, says he will afford the starting Griffin with everything he needs to be successful provided the Baylor product is willing to put in the work.

“If he doesn’t like a play, I’m not going to call the play,” he said. “I want to make sure he’s comfortable with everything we’re doing so he goes out on game day and he can succeed.”

Gruden is also yet to speak with Kirk Cousins or Rex Grossman, according to general manager Bruce Allen. Gruden’s contact with other players has been limited to those at the team’s facility while he was interviewing this week.


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