The mood of Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has been the topic of conversation these past few weeks.
Is he happy? Is he unhappy? Or is he just feeling lukewarm?
Gruden's frustration with some of the offseason moves likely comes from a lack of desperation among the organization to revamp and retool the roster, Rouhier noted. And if things go bad, the head coach is usually the fall guy.
"If I'm Jay I'm sitting here going, 'I'm going to get canned and there's going to be a stink on me 'cause I'll have a losing record by a lot in this place... and maybe I'm never a head coach again (after leaving here). I don't have enough!'" Rouhier said.
"He's super frustrated," Bickel said. "(Team president) Bruce (Allen) is calling all the shots. They're not consulting Jay at all."
"From the way it was described to me yesterday, by a source that is very familiar with Jay, is he doesn't give a bleep right now, about what he says and what people think about him," Russell said.
Rouhier hinted at a root cause of the frustration: Gruden doesn't want to be the latest person to be blamed for the Redskins' organizational struggles.
"The key point is, this frustration came from somewhere," he said Friday. "You look at what's happened before. A person is in that front office, whether it is Bruce or otherwise, covers their butt. They duck and cover. And they figure out a way to get blame on somebody else."
Gruden doesn't wish to be that person.
"Bruce is there, he's been there, that's the constant and somehow it never works out with any of these saviors they trot out there," Rouhier said. "Jay's being hung out to dry and he knows it."