Former Washington head coach Jay Gruden certainly knows good — and bad — quarterback play. Gruden played a significant role in the development of former Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins during their time together before Cousins left as a free agent in 2018.
Unfortunately for Gruden, he was often saddled with bad quarterbacks during his time in Washington, whom former owner Dan Snyder and ex-GM Bruce Allen handpicked.
These days, Gruden freelances as an NFL analyst and pays specific attention to his former team as a weekly guest on multiple Washington-area radio shows.
It’s safe to say Gruden was impressed by the second-year quarterback.
“I thought he played a great game,” Gruden said via Lou DiPietro of Audacy.
“The one fumble was too bad, a great run where he was trying to get a couple of extra yards and didn’t hold on to the ball, but other than that, he made some unbelievable plays; off schedule, in the pocket, deep throws. I mean, really, there’s not a lot not to like about Sam at this point, the last three games. He’s been outstanding.”
Gruden also praised offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy but couldn’t contain his praise for Howell’s continued growth.
“Really, it’s about Sam Howell’s development,” Gruden continued. “I think the way Sam Howell is developing at this rate, right now for a young quarterback, I would say, yes, give him an opportunity.”
Some are critical of Gruden, calling him bitter, but if you listen to him, he’s an insightful analyst with an excellent sense of humor. He’s a much better listen than many of the TV analysts.