Jay Gruden reportedly to become Redskins head coach
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has reportedly agreed to become the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, according to a report Thursday morning from ESPN’s Adam Schefter and John Kelm.
News of his hiring comes on the same day that Gruden was supposed to interview for the head coaching job with the Minnesota Vikings. The 46-year old Gruden had interviewed with Washington and with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday, and he was expected also to interview with the Detroit Lions.
He replaced former Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, who was fired a day after the Redskins’ 3-13 season ended in December.
As Schefter and Kelm point out, Gruden has ties to the Redskins organization, including working as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five seasons under general manager Bruce Allen, now the GM of Washington.
The Redskins struggled to repeat the success they had behind quarterback Robert Griffin III in his rookie season in 2012. Part of the reason they hired Gruden could be his work with Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
In place of Gruden, the Bengals are expected to name quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson as offensive coordinator, according to the report.