Just got off an early morning conference call with Washington coach Jay Gruden. But it wasn't as early as it could have been; Gruden said he couldn't sleep last night so he got out of bed at 2 a.m. and drove to Redskins headquarters to go to work.
"Now I'm regretting that," the first-head head man said at 12 p.m. Eastern time.
Here's another reason he may be regretting that: Jon Gruden's younger brother -- we'll get to that in a minute -- said he was in a team meeting listing the key Seahawks for his players as part of preparations for Monday night's game in Landover, Md., between Seattle (2-1) and his Redskins (1-3).
"I could have put 18 guys up there," Gruden said of the Super Bowl champions. "They really don't have a weakness."
Washington's so far this season have been penalties and turnovers. The Redskins committed six turnovers and 11 fouls last week against the New York Giants, which is why they went 1 for 8 on third downs and lost 45-14 last Thursday night.
Actually, watching that game and hearing Gruden talk, it's a wonder Washington lost by only 31 points.
Kirk Cousins will start again Monday night for injured Robert Griffin III. After completing 30 of 48 passes for 427 yards and three touchdowns in a narrow loss at Philadelphia the week before, Cousins threw four interceptions and lost a fumble against the Giants.
Gruden said of Cousins against the Seahawks: "He can't be gun-shy; that's my biggest fear."
For my former beat colleagues down in Oakland, I had to ask Gruden if he thought his older brother Jon would ever take the Raiders' head job again. Yes, it's open again, for about the 422nd time since Gruden last coached Oakland in 2001. Jon Gruden, now 51, went 38-26 and 4-2 in the playoffs from 1998-2001 as owner Al Davis' young whiz, first-time head coach.
"Nothing would surprise me with Jon," Jay Gruden, who is four years younger than the ESPN analyst who will be calling Monday night's game, said. "Jon loves working for ESPN; I know that for a fact. Jon also loves coaching; I know that for a fact."
--The Seahawks are back on the practice field this afternoon following Wednesday's day off for players. Coach Pete Carroll has his usual, mid-week press conference just after noon today. Richard Sherman is also scheduled to talk in the main auditorium during open locker-room time before practice.
--In today's News Tribune I wrote what I mentioned here earlier, how new shoes have apparently transformed Seahawks strong safety Kam Chancellor from imminent ankle surgery to playing more like his usual, thumping self in the Denver game two weeks ago.