Santana Moss says playing for Jay Gruden like ‘having a new girlfriend’

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The Washington Redskins have a new head coach in former Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. As is generally the case this time of year with new coaches, everybody in Washington is thrilled with the vibes surrounding their new leadership.

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Veteran wide receiver Santana Moss is excited about having Gruden around. He found an interesting way to describe the change in comparison to former coach Mike Shanahan. As quoted by the Washington Post:

"When it’s new, everything is all good,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s new. It’s just like getting that new girlfriend. You had the old one and she got on your nerves. The new one ain’t gonna get on your nerves until down the road. When it’s new, everything is all good.”"

OK then.

It’s an odd endorsement of Gruden. Moss is essentially enjoyed Gruden’s tutelage at the moment because he’s not bugging him yet, even though he will bug him eventually. That’s not to mention the fact that Moss’s compliment has nothing to do with the actual game plans or play books.

Moss has been with the Redskins since 2005. As such, he has seen quite a few iterations of the franchise. He and everybody else involved will hope this new one under Gruden will enjoy more success on the field and less drama off it.

Moss is coming off a down season: in 16 games he had 42 receptions for 452 yards and two touchdowns. If Gruden is the coach who can get Robert Griffin III to look past his first read in his progressions, then perhaps the wideout will have something more to say about his new coach than the fact that he doesn’t annoy him yet.