It didn’t matter if the Washington Redskins hired Jay, Jon or Jim Gruden–the overwhelming sentiment from burgundy and gold faithful remains the same:
Show me, don’t sell me.
Jay Gruden was announced Thursday as the 29th head coach in Redskins history, the eighth under owner Dan Snyder. Noticeably missing from the press conference were the three glistening Vince Lombardi Trophies typically paraded out during times like this to promote the past and sell the future.
Instead, just one Redskins helmet, perhaps symbolizing the unity and togetherness that has long escaped this organization, sat directly in the middle of a burgundy-draped table between Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.
Gruden’s arrival to D.C. should keep the expectation needle firmly in neutral. There’s no evidence to suggest that the fate of Jon’s younger brother will be any different than the seven men who came before him in Washington during the Snyder regime. But it’s not wrong to think that maybe, just maybe, this time it will work.