Three years into his head coaching career, Jay Gruden has compiled a 21-26-1 record. In his rookie season, the Redskins slogged through a 4-12 campaign, but he has helped guide Washington to two —albeit, both of them were barely — winning seasons since.
However, even after a playoff berth and near-playoff berth, many have wondered if Gruden and his .448 winning percentage really do belong at the helm of an NFL team. But in a #RedskinsTalk podcast discussion with CSN Insider JP Finlay, Vernon Davis sounded like he had no such doubts.
"Jay Gruden is probably one of my favorite coaches, all-time," Davis told Finlay. "And I say that because of his personality, his enthusiasm, his approach to the game. He's just a terrific coach. Everyone respects him, they look to him as a leader. He's just everything you could possibly want in a coach."
Davis didn't just stop there, though. He went as far to say that Gruden is a reason why staying in the Burgundy and Gold is such an attractive option for the free agent tight end.
"I love him, I love him, and that's one of the other reasons that I wouldn't mind staying here," he said. "He allows the players to play really, really loose, and you want that in a coach."
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Aside from the way Gruden carries himself, it's obvious that Davis can fit in the coach's system. Last season showed that he, even as a No. 2 tight end behind Jordan Reed, can put up impressive numbers and be a featured weapon instead of an afterthought like he had been in previous years.
Add those things up, plus the fact that the 33-year-old is from the area, and he made it clear to Finlay that signing back with the Redskins is something he'd be very interested in doing.
"You know I'm letting my agent deal with that at the moment with hopes that I'll be back with the Washington Redskins," he answered when asked about free agency. "I'll just be optimistic about it. I would love to stay here because it's such a great organization. The locker room's amazing. I'm extremely happy here, and it would only make sense to stay here and continue to be a Washington Redskin."
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