Does Gruden's willingness to joke around hurt him as a coach?
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By By Peter Hailey

If you're someone who has trouble sleeping, try putting on a random press conference featuring an NFL head coach. Most of those should help you out. Jay Gruden's won't, however.

As far as podium sessions go, Gruden's are almost always interesting because of his honesty and willingness to deliver a well-timed one-liner. Instead of criticizing the posture of reporters or repeating that he's looking ahead to the next opponent, he's usually personable and at times hilarious.

Between that and the way he connects with the guys who fill out his roster — these segments of Gruden wearing a mic at training camp in 2018 are stellar examples of that — he's picked up the label of being a "player's coach," a guy who's more relaxed than many of his peers. 

Now, because of his less than shining tenure with the Burgundy and Gold, many of Gruden's detractors wonder if his laid-back style hurts him as a leader. During a recent Redskins Talk podcast episode, JP Finlay asked former Redskins linebacker Will Compton for his opinion on just that. 

"It always depends on the situation," Compton, who spent time with Washington from 2013 to 2017, told Finlay. "There's a time and a place for everything. There's a time to work, there's a time to have fun. Jay goes a good job balancing that...



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