Posted January 09, 2014

Jay Gruden reportedly to become Redskins head coach

The Bengals will reportedly name their quarterbacks coach, Hue Jackson, as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The Bengals will reportedly name their quarterbacks coach, Hue Jackson, as the offensive coordinator. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

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.

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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.

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Jay seems like a good football man, but the history of the Skins under Dan Snyder isn't a good one.  Like 7 coaches in about the 14 to 15 yrs he's owned the team.

100 wins against 124 losses during his ownership.  4 times in the playoffs, only 2 playoff wins.

I understand that those who are career football men and have never been a head coach want the opportunity, the prestige, the money etc... but in looking at the track record of the Skins under Dan Snyder (15 yrs is a pretty good sample now), I'd be a bit afraid.  Yes, a head coach is responsible for a lot and can do much to turn a franchise around.

However, a meddlesome owner like Danny or Jerry of the Cowboys are able to undo or limit a coaches affect on a team.

How much control does Jason Garret have on his team?  I'm not saying that Jason should or should not have called the plays for his team but I will say that it SHOULD be the head coaches decision.  But good old Jerry stepped in.

I don't know how deeply Danny has been involved with the Skins but his track record speaks loudly to what has happened during his tenure.

In the 14 yrs before Snyder became the owner, the Skins had 119 wins against 103 losses.  

I wish Jay Gruden the best, but he has a difficult task in front of him.


Great hire.