Jay Gruden lives in the real world when it comes to keeping entire coaching staffs intact. Even if the head coach desires just that, as Gruden suggested Monday during his press conference following Sunday's playoff loss, ambition and opportunity exists elsewhere.
This is a way of saying Gruden lost one member of his coaching staff Tuesday. Shane Day, the Redskins' assisant offensive line coach under Bill Callahan, is the new tight end coach for the Miami Dolphins.
Breaking Burgundy wrote about Day last month in connection with the Austin Peay head coaching job. Though a finalist, Day did not ultimately get the nod. Now he moves to Miami. The Dolphins hired former Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase as its head coach earlier this month.
Gruden was asked Monday whether he would grant his assistants permission to speak with other teams.
“Yeah, we’ll see. Depending on the situation obviously, we’ll see. I always want our coaches to grow and move forward if they can," Gruden said. "That’s what this league is all about, opportunities. They’ve all done a great job. Our whole staff has done a great job. Like to keep all of them, but obviously in pro football, things change."
Yes, yes they do.