The Washington Commanders’ playoff hopes recently came to an end, and on Tuesday, the team announced it was parting ways with offensive coordinator Scott Turner.
During an appearance earlier this week on the Washington metropolitan area radio station 106.7 The Fan, former Washington head coach Jay Gruden added his two cents.
He said he thinks it will be difficult for the organization to fill the coordinator vacancy and then proceeded to criticize his former boss, embattled team owner Dan Snyder.
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Gruden noted that the Commanders may have to pick an inside coach because outside candidates may not want the offensive coordinator job.
«It will be difficult, unless they do it at home. I don’t know who they have at home who would take it. Maybe [quarterbacks coach Ken] Zampese will take it, I don’t know,» Gruden said. «You’re right, it’s hard, especially if they tell you what to do.»
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Gruden’s comments appeared to be aimed squarely at Snyder, who has a reputation for meddling in the team’s football operations.
Turner signed a three-year extension last offseason. He had been with coach Ron Rivera for seven years, including the last three with the Commanders. But, for the third straight year, the team finished the season in the bottom tier of many of the NFL’s offensive categories.
Gruden was later asked if he would be interested in the job, and he took another jab at Snyder.
«Oh yeah, I’d love to go back to training. Who owns it?» Gruden asked.
Gruden was the head coach in Washington from 2014 to 2019. He previously mentioned that he did not enjoy working for Snyder.
In November 2022, Snyder hired Bank of America Securities to consider the potential sale of the franchise. Snyder and his family control all of the team’s stock after the minority partners were bought out in March 2021.
A day after the team announced that they had retained the services of a bank, People magazine reported that billionaires Jeff Bezos and Jay-Z may form a partnership and were «looking to buy the Washington Commanders.»
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Last February, the franchise unveiled its new name, 18 months after retiring the old one due to mounting pressure on the Redskins name and logo.