Baldinger: Redskins ‘Could Have Done Better’ Than Jay Gruden
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The Redskins hired one of the hottest offensive commodities in the NFL in Jay Gruden, but not everyone was a fan.
Proponents of Gruden would point to the growth he helped young quarterback Andy Dalton achieve in Cincinnati.
While Dalton’s measurables did improve season-by-season in major statistical categories under Gruden (passing yards, touchdowns, quarterback rating), so too did his interception rate, while his completion percentage only improved marginally.
And his success rate in the playoffs was flat. No improvement. Three playoff games. Thirty-three points in total. Zero wins.
“I think when [the Redskins] first hired [Jay Gruden], I think they thought they were getting Jon, and that was my initial knee jerk reaction to it,” NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger told LaVar Arrington and Chad Dukes. “I don’t want to say Jay can’t do it, but I think Washington could have done better.”
“That last game in Cincinnati was not a good day for Jay Gruden. We’re talking about a guy that hasn’t been able to win a playoff game and you gotta coach differently in the playoffs. And in Washington, nothing short of playoff wins is gonna be suitable.”
Dalton did have a bad game in the Bengals’ 27-10 home playoff loss to the Chargers. He completed 29 of 51 passing attempts for 334 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions, yielding a 67.0 passer rating.
“Let’s just not forget they asked Andy Dalton to throw it 53 times, on a bad weather day, in a close game,” Baldinger said. “I don’t understand any of it to be honest with you. “
Let’s revisit the issue of getting Robert Griffin III to more closely resemble his 2012 NFC East winning likeness.
“They have to rebuild this quarterback from the ground up,” Baldinger said. “And that’s not going to be an easy task because he was a flawed quarterback this year. Flawed. And it’s a whole lot more than, ‘He’s this great runner and read-option.’ It’s way more than that.
“He’s got to see the field better. Can you teach a guy the ability to do that while you’re trying to win football games? It seems like it’s a difficult task.”