Former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said the conversation on the morning of Oct. 7 between him, team president Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Snyder was a short one.
Despite how it ended, Gruden left the Washington organization with no hard feelings.
On his relationship with the front office, Gruden said they had their disagreements, but that is expected with an NFL team.
"I don't think any coach unless you're the coach-GM you're gonna get your own way all the time," Gruden told 106.7 The Fan. "I think you have to communicate and at the end of the day make the decision that is best for the football team and whether they're your decisions or Bruce's or the personnel department you have to go with it and live with it and do the best you can with the people that you have."
"Yeah, I think when you draft a guy like that that has one-year experience of college football you have to have some expectations that it's gonna take some time," Gruden told Grant & Danny. "You would love for him to come in here and pick everything up and jump right in the system and play cause he's a big talented guy, and you need a guy that's developed."
"Dwayne's a great developmental prospect, he's got a great skillset; he's big, strong, but it does take a while to learn the nuances of pro football from calling a play to the huddle, to getting your protection right, to get the run game checks to go through your progressions, to audible to max protection when you have to, to change your protections," Gruden added. "It takes some time. But Dwayne's on course to learn it and I think he'll be a force in pro football in due time."
"Your responsibility as a backup quarterback is to get ready and put a package of plays together for him that he feels comfortable with and if you have to play, you gotta be ready to play. And unfortunately he had to play in that game and he didn't perform up to his standards, probably, or anybody's standards. Struggles are gonna happen in your first game as a pro player on the road against the Giants, so that's what happened. He had to get ready to play he's the only guy we had," Gruden said on The Fan.
Gruden also said his plan was to redshirt Haskins this year.
"But you would love for him to be able to sit behind Case or Colt, for that matter, learn for a year and then take off running. And that would be the plan," Gruden added.
The former Redskins head coach said as long as Haskins works at his craft and knows he has to work at, he has a great chance to be "a heckuva football player here for the Redskins."
When asked what he thinks most people got wrong about him as a head coach, Gruden said, "just about everything, probably."
When asked about the perception he was too much of a player's coach and ran "Club Jay" and table tennis in the locker room, Gruden dismissed that idea as well.
"I know that when the players are in meetings, whether it's position meetings or team meetings, they were focused and they were learning and they were taking notes and they're working hard. And when you go out to the practice field and walkthroughs they were focused and detailed and working hard. And that's all you can do at the end of the day," Gruden said. "And then come game day, we expect them to play and perform at a high level. Sometimes they did and unfortunately, the last five games I was there we didn't perform to the standards of the Washington Redskins and that's why I was let go.
"But to blame it on 'Club Gruden' or whatever it is, is asinine. It's not even close to being true," Garden told 106.7 The Fan.
To counter that, Gruden pointed to the young defensive lineman getting stronger in the weight room, young receivers, offensive lineman, tight ends, and defensive backs who developed and "it's not because of 'Club Gruden' it's because they worked extremely hard."
Gruden added he valued Callahan's input as a coach, but "referees (at practice) I didn't really believe in a whole lot just because I didn't know who they were or where they came from. They weren't NFL refs so what was the point?"
When asked about his biggest frustration during his time with the Redskins, Gruden didn't need long to think about his answer.
"Injuries for sure," he said Friday. "And it's nobody's fault, injuries happen and people want to point fingers at the training staff, they had nothing to do with people getting hurt, they have something to do with getting 'em well. But just the overall injuries. I never really felt like we played with our aces. We had so many of our best players, but never really played or were able to play at length of time.
"You need those Lamborghinis to perform on game day and unfortunately, we didn't have 'em in my time."
When asked about his biggest frustration aside from injuries Gruden didn't need long to answer, either.
"Ah shoot. Lack of winning, really. Without a playoff win," Gruden said. "And some of the key opportunities we had on Monday Night Football, some big games we did not perform our best in... we did not perform at our best in critical situations. There was some great situational football that we did not produce in, whether we had a lead, or we gave up the lead, or we didn't get the lead back.
"You look at the game against Philadelphia, we were up 20-7 at the half, we gave up a touchdown to start the third quarter, we go three-and-out, we give up another touchdown, we go three-and-out, we have a huge penalty and then we give up another touchdown. We weren't able to come out in the second half and perform to our capabilities, and that's on me as a head coach."
When asked if he regretted any decisions on is coaching staff, including hiring defensive coordinator Joe Barry over Wade Phillips, Gruden admitted he might have made a mistake.
"The hiring of Joe Barry over Wade Phillips was my decision," Gruden told Grant & Danny. "Wade Phillips is obviously an older gentleman and a well-established football coach. But I thought Joe Barry brought some youth and could handle a lot of things that we had going on here and I had a history with Joe Barry."
"I mighta made a mistake there," Gruden said, "But I still think Joe Barry is a heckuva football coach."
"I thought that would be a great combination," he added. "Unfortunately, our defense did not perform up to their capabilities."
But despite it all, Gruden still thinks this roster could have made the playoffs if they stayed healthy.
The last question asked to Gruden was whether he would recommend a candidate consider taking the Redskins head coaching position?
"I'll tell them to take the job, man, it's a great job. Really," Gruden told Grant & Danny. "They pay you well, they treat you well, it's a good organization, man, and they have some great young talent on this football team. And if you have a chance to come over here and coach Daron Payne and Jonathan Allen and Ryan Kerrigan on defense and Landon Collins and Brandon Scherff on offense and you have a young quarterback that might be able to develop, why not? Take the chance, man. It's a great opportunity to be in the NFC East and a great franchise."