The speculation has been running rampant for multiple weeks. Originally, there was talk that the Washington Redskins were preparing to wave goodbye to head coach Jay Gruden if the club failed to earn a victory in Week 4, on the road, over their rivals the New York Giants.
That talk tampered down as last week moved forward, until a few days before the game most acknowledged that Gruden was safe through the weekend. Even after an embarassing 24-3 loss, that proved to be correct and Gruden remained in place this week. The rumor mill is back at it, and this time First Take's Stephen A. Smith is leading the national charge.
Smith is far more in tune with the basketball world than football. In fact, some might say he has limited credibility when talking the NFL due to numerous on-air gaffes that seem to indicate a limited knowledge base on the subject. Still, when the lead sports analyst at the worldwide leader ESPN makes a claim, it's something to keep an eye on.
Smith thinks Gruden will be let go after the Redskins home game against New England.
Gruden's Redskins are 0-4 on the young season and have looked completely and totally overwhelmed thus far. Injuries are a major part of things, but the disarray in both offensive and defensive game planning is apparent. Gruden admitted following Sunday's loss that his play-calling has left a lot to desire and he now has a career record of 35-48-1 after being the head coach since the 2014 season.
The former offensive coordinator in Cincinnati has only had Washington in the top 10 of yardage once, 2016 (3rd), and they sit 28th in 2019 after finishing 28th last year.
After improving Washington to 10th in scoring in his second season, they've dropped to 12th, 16th, 29th and 28th currently.
Many fans would like to have Kevin O'Connell take over play-calling duties, partly based on the strength of previous Redskins offensive assistants who have found glory elsewhere, such as Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay.