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Redskins coach Jay Gruden isn’t ready to hit the panic button after 0-2 start

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The Washington Redskins have gotten off to a rough start to the 2019 NFL season after going 0-2 with their loss to the Dallas Cowboys. It seems head coach Jay Gruden is still optimistic about his team’s chances.

Both of the losses are made heavier by the fact that they came against two NFC East rivals. According to Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post, he is hopeful that they will be able to figure things out in the coming weeks:

“We played two games, and [we’ve] got to keep [issues] in-house and stay together. A lot of people are going to try to tear us apart . . . and deservedly so, probably,” Gruden said. “But we’ve played two very good football teams. . . . We have a young team that’s going to develop and grow. We need veterans to step up and take this team by the throat. I think it will happen. I still feel very optimistic about the future of this football team.”

Despite the 0-2 start, Gruden’s optimism is certainly understandable. After all, the losses came against teams considered to be playoff contenders coming into this season.

Washington has managed to get off to relatively hot starts by striking first in its first two outings. Unfortunately, they have shown a tendency to cool off dramatically over the course of the game. The onus will undoubtedly be on Gruden to ensure that they are able to start and finish just as strong.

The Redskins will have their work cut out for them going against another 2018 playoff team in the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football in Week 3.