Gruden may be the last person in the nation’s capital who does not want to start Dwayne Haskins.
The Chicago Bears throttled Gruden’s squad on Monday Night Football, 31-15, a final line that obscures a game that was 28-3 at halftime.
Washington plummeted to last in the NFC East at 0-3, effectively ending its season.
The Washington Post reported that Gruden won’t be fired this week, but betting markets suggested in August he was facing long odds to make it through the end of this year, let alone the beginning of next season. Washington is playing for 2020, and Gruden is not taking the obvious step for a future he is likely not going to be part of.
“Not really, no,” Gruden said after Monday’s game when asked whether he would play Washington’s first-round pick next week. “I think the most important thing is we have to have some continuity. … If I didn’t think we had a chance to get better, then I would make a change, but I feel like Case [Keenum] has the tools to be a very efficient quarterback in this offense and get us some victories going forward.”