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. -- The face was different, the words familiar. Like Mike Shanahan and nearly every recent Washington Redskins coach, Jay Gruden is anxious to declare an end to franchises days of dysfunction. "I dont know what happened last year," Gruden said. "I know that interviewing with Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen and everybody here that the passion for excellence is there. All they want to do is win, and theyre going to provide me with every avenue to win." Gruden was introduced Thursday as the man charged with ending the perpetual state of turmoil the team has endured under owner Snyder and recently under general manager Allen. Gruden was a given a five-year contact for his first NFL head coaching gig, taking over a 3-13 team that has finished last in the NFC East in five of the last six seasons. "We HAVE to get it right," said Allen, who led the search and interviewed six candidates. "We need to get the franchise back on track in a winning direction. ... We were looking for a new leader, somebody who can inspire our football team. We knew it was more than just X and Os, it was about finding the right person to build a team chemistry that we needed." Gruden is Snyders eighth coach in 16 seasons as an NFL owner. Unlike Shanahan, who was fired last week, Gruden will not have final say over all football matters. Hell report to Allen, who has taken charge of assembling the roster and other personnel decisions. Snyder attended the news conference but did not speak to reporters. The 46-year-old Gruden has spent the last three seasons as the offensive co-ordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, where his skill in helping to develop Andy Dalton will no doubt be of use when he takes on the task of grooming another young franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III. Gruden praised the talents of Griffin and spoke of the need to build a "genuine" trust with the quarterback, who regressed this season after winning the APs Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2012. Griffin returned from major knee surgery to start 13 games, but he publicly disagreed with some of Shanahans decisions, struggled as a drop-back passer and was benched for the final three weeks. Asked to confirm that Griffin will be the starter, Gruden chuckled and said: "I dont see him as a backup." "I see every trait that a quarterback has to have to be successful, I see Robert having all of those," Gruden said. "So why wouldnt you want to coach a guy like that? ... Im going to let him know that Im a trustworthy guy. Hes also got to understand that I expect a lot from the starting quarterback. I expect him to come in and prepare and work hard, and I expect him to take the blame on some throws. I expect him to be a great leader." Griffin limited his comments to a quick post on his Facebook page: "Excited about the hiring of Coach Jay Gruden. Cant wait to get to work with him & the guys!" Gruden said he will call the plays himself and that he has yet to decide which members of Shanahans staff to retain. It seems a safe bet, however, that some combination of defensive co-ordinator Jim Haslett, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and tight ends coach Sean McVay has a good chance of sticking around, based on the trios previous relationship with the new coach. Gruden also said hes a fan of the 3-4 defence that Haslett has used the last four years. "I know theres a lot of coaches here who can coach," Gruden said. Gruden has been largely overshadowed by his more famous brother, Jon Gruden, who won a Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is now an analyst on "Monday Night Football." But Jay Gruden has been a name on the rise based on his success with Dalton and the Bengals offence. Jay Gruden interviewed for multiple head coaching openings last year and had drawn interest from at least three other teams seeking to fill a head coaching vacancy this year. He interviewed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday. The Redskins had to wait until the Bengals played their first-round playoff game before Gruden could be courted. It took a bad day from Gruden and Dalton -- scoring only 10 points in a home loss to the San Diego Chargers -- to make Gruden free to be hired this week. "I told him it worked out well that Cincinnati lost," Allen said. "He still doesnt understand that." Gruden said his ties within the Washington organization played a "big role" in his decision. He was an assistant coach with Tampa Bay from 2002-08, where he worked at various times with Allen, Morris and McVay. Gruden also coached under Haslett with the UFLs Florida Tuskers in 2009. Theres no question Gruden has paid his dues. He was a quarterback in the long-defunct World League of American Football, then went to the Arena Football League and began a playing and coaching career that was so successful it landed him in the AFL Hall of Fame in 1999. Hes been a head coach both the AFL and UFL, including two stints with the AFLs Orlando Predators. In 2010, after Haslett left for the Redskins, Gruden was head coach and general manager of the Tuskers and led them to the UFL championship game. "Theres a lot of work to do," Gruden said. "When youre 3-13, theres not one particular player or reason, theres a lot of reasons and theres a lot of things that need to be fixed." Patrick Chung Patriots Jersey
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. The Montreal Canadiens goaltenders dogs Motty ("short for Mozart") and Duke got loose overnight.NEW YORK – Drew Hutchison is in a midseason slump. It hasnt been pretty lately. He knows it. Theres something hed like to get out of the way. Something hed like us to know, the answer to a question hed like to no longer be asked. Hes not tired. Also, hes healthy. "I wouldnt be on the mound if I wasnt," said Hutchison. "If Im on the mound then Im good to go. Id never put the team in that situation or myself in that situation after what Ive been through, given what I had to go through to get back to where I am now. I certainly wouldnt jeopardize that." When Hutchison first toed the rubber for his July 6 start in Oakland, three outings ago, he was sporting a 3.81 ERA. His ERA for the season now sits at 4.54. There had been some brilliant starts, like his masterful two-hit shutout of the Rangers on May 16 in Arlington and two seven-scoreless efforts (June 3 in Detroit and June 13 in Baltimore). Hed also had his struggles but they wouldnt linger. After those outings hed hear musings about his home-road splits (7.71 ERA in eight home starts; 2.97 ERA in 12 road starts) and hed be asked, including by TSN.ca, whether the inconsistency was a byproduct of a pitcher throwing a large quantity of innings for the first time since undergoing the Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery. Hutchison is a mature kid. Hes poised. When you talk to him, its easy to forget hes only 23 years old. His pitching coach offers a reminder when asked to explain why Hutchison can look dominating in one appearance and anything but in the next. He may be mature but he is a kid. "I just think it still comes down to experience at this level. When you do struggle, how to make those adjustments; sometimes a veteran guy, in a game like the last one, will find a way to get through that," said Pete Walker. "Hes still at a point where he gets frustrated. Hes emotional and he wants to have success and he wants to be out there and he wants everyone to want him out there, which we do. "So I think he puts added pressure on himself right now." In Hutchisons last three starts, all losses, hes allowed 15 earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (9.87 ERA). Hes given up 23 hits and walked seven in that span. Hes coming off the shortest start of his career not interrupted by injury, 2 2/3 innings of work on Monday in a 14-1 loss to Boston. Known as a command guy, that element has eluded Hutchison of late. He explained by first drawing a distinction. "Theres a big difference between command and control. Control is not walking guys; command is commanding the baseball where you want it to be," said Hutchison. "That could be throwing the slider a little bit off the plate, throwing a slider on the plate, throwing it where you want to, commanding the baseball. You can command the baseball and walks guys. I think thats a lot different than control. Controls just throwing it in the box and not walking guys. &qquot;To command the baseball to all four quadrants, like I like to do with all my pitches, thats something that wasnt there to where Im capable of having it in my last start. Jabaal Sheard Patriots Jersey
. " "We still have to continue to refine his slider," said Walker. "His slider at times is probably more of an issue than his fastball, being able to get that in the zone so he doesnt have to be as fine with his heater. The same with his changeup so I think his secondary stuff is still a little bit of a work in progress. I think when the fastball location isnt quite there he has to be able to use his secondary stuff as well to get through those kinds of outings." Hutchison takes the ball on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium, looking to help snap his teams 17-game losing streak in the Bronx. More importantly, a win would pull the Blue Jays back even with New York for second place in the American League East. Another thing he wants you to know: regardless of his relative inexperience and whatever the outcome, he wont be overwhelmed. If hes struggling early, Hutchison knows his fortunes could change in the blink of an eye. "There are times when you know, hey, I need to make a pitch right here," said Hutchison. "Sometimes you can be not making pitches and sometimes you make one pitch and you can get out of it with nothing and then find your rhythm and go seven innings. Thats happened before." SUITING UP Mark Buehrle got the series-opening start in New York on Friday night. On Friday morning, he was the veteran doing good by some of his youngest teammates. Buehrle took Aaron Sanchez, Rob Rasmussen, Todd Redmond, Ryan Goins and Marcus Stroman suit shopping. "I got a nice little double-breasted, its like a silver, its not even a gray, its more like a chrome suit," said Stroman, struggling to describe the colour. "Its pretty fresh." Buehrle was discreet. He handed his mates notes, telling them to meet him in the hotel lobby at 10 oclock on Friday morning. Hed dropped hints in advance the gathering would be for a suit fitting. "Buehrles the man," said Stroman. "Hes got a lot to offer and hes the most down to earth guy for having all the success hes had so its awesome being around him." The practice is common. Two years ago, Ricky Romero and Brandon Morrow took Drew Hutchison for a suit fitting. McGUIRE TRADED A little more than three years after the Blue Jays made him the 11th overall pick of the 2010 draft, Alex Anthopoulos first as general manager, Deck McGuire is out of the organization. The 25-year-old was traded to Oakland on Friday in exchange for cash considerations. McGuire was designated for assignment on July 18 to make room on the 40-man roster for Brad Mills, whod been claimed off waivers from Oakland and who has since been taken off the 40-man roster and demoted to Triple-A Buffalo. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Soccer Jerseys China
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