Jay Gruden hasn't had an easy start to life as a head coach in the National Football League.
The former Cincinnati Bengals offensive co-ordinator was one of the most in demand men when he left the Bengals at the end of the 2013 season, and was named the head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Things haven't gone well for Gruden in Washington, as they stumbled to a 4-12 record while managing to have three separate quarterbacks take to the field. And today Gruden has been slammed for his treatment of one of those QB's.
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According to a piece from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report, the NFL lead writer contacted another NFL head coach who ripped in to Gruden for what he has been doing to Robert Griffin III.
After watching the Lions hit Griffin III six times in 8 plays, Freeman reportedly texted the head coach, who immediately replied that he had never seen a head coach treat his starting QB with such disrespect before.
"I have never, ever, on any level, seen a head coach treat his quarterback with such a lack of respect."
The coach stressed it's not that Griffin might take hard shots. It's that the line was playing so poorly that he was destined to. "You can see from the tape it just wasn't their night," the coach said of the line.
"What is baffling," he added, "is that I can't think of a single head coach in the NFL who would take an injury-prone quarterback...watch him take those kinds of hits and leave him in the game. It looks personal to me."
This is a damning indictment of Gruden, who was rightly panned on social media and by analysts after the game. It was plain dumb to leave RG3 at the mercy of a dominant Lions defense, especially when rookie Brandon Scherff - who already looks like a draft bust - was getting decimated.
Robert Griffin needs a trade out of Washington before he gets killed. Maybe Chip Kelly could finally unlock his post-injury potential.
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