The Washington Redskins have found their man. According to ESPN on Jan. 9, the Redskins have agreed to hire Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as the man replacing Mike Shanahan as the new head coach of the team.
Gruden, who interviewed with the team on Wednesday, is the sixth coach hired by Redskins owner Dan Snyder since he purchased the team 15 years ago. Gruden had plans to meet with Minnesota and Detroit for their head-coaching positions, but obviously he is now off the market as the Redskins feel he is a good match for the team.
Jay Gruden has spent the past three seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator but does have several ties to members of the Redskins’ organization, mostly established during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers where Gruden worked as an offensive assistant working under the Redskins current general manager Bruce Allen. He has also worked with Redskins secondary coach Raheem Morris so there will be some familiarity for Gruden.
The biggest challenge will be the relationship he forms with quarterback Robert Griffin III. RGIII has a rocky relationship with Shanahan as the team failed to exceed expectations from their 10-6 season in 2012. Gruden’s ability to improve the play of Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton may be a reason he was hired. The team hopes he can also improve the inconsistent play of Robert Griffin III while getting the team back on a winning track.