Fired Redskins coach Jay Gruden is not bitter after being fired this morning following an 0-5 start to the season, Les Carpenter of the Washington Post reports.
“I’m not bitter,” Gruden said. “This is a production-based business, and I didn’t get it done.”
But there was something that gnawed at the now former Redskins coach, something that had been implied an hour before when Bruce Allen, at a news conference, said, “Under Bill[Callahan’s] leadership and the programs he’s going to put in and the discipline and execution, we believe we’re giving it the best opportunity to beat the Miami Dolphins and for the rest of the year.”
To Gruden, the suggestion was that he didn’t work hard enough, that somehow his practices and preparation were a lark.
His voice grew annoyed.
“I want to make sure that everybody knows that I actually did work,” he said.
Most days he was the first coach in the building, he said, preferring to arrive early when he could get things done. He was never one to stay past midnight the way many coaches do, and his easygoing approach and reputation as a players’ coach occasionally invited criticism, but his life these past few years had been football, he said. The fact that he was no longer coaching the Redskins made him sad.