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Redskins hire Gruden away from Bengals to be head coach

Jay Gruden becomes the seventh head coach for the Redskins since the turn of the century.
Jay Gruden becomes the seventh head coach for the Redskins since the turn of the century.
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The Washington Redskins have announced that they have named Bengals offensive coordinator, Jay Gruden, as their new head coach on Thursday.

Gruden has no NFL head coaching experience, but has held the position in the UFL and in the AFL. He had been the Bengals offensive coordinator since 2011 after replacing longtime O.C. Bob Bratkowski. Gruden also never played in the NFL, but has six Arena Championships, and one Super Bowl ring with Tampa Bay as an assistant to his brother John.

He will re-join former coaching partner Jim Haslett from the UFL. Haslett was the head coach of the Florida Tuskers while Gruden served as his offensive coordinator. Now Haslett, still left over from the Mike Shanahan era, will serve as the defensive coordinator on Gruden's staff.

With the vacancy, the Bengals have promoted assistant coach Hue Jackson to the role of O.C. Jackson has worn a number of hats with the Bengals including wide receivers coach (2004-2006), secondary coach/special teams assistant (2012) and most recently running backs coach. Jackson held the same position at Oakland (2010), Atlanta (2007) and Washington (2003).

Gruden will serve as the Redskins seventh coach since owner Dan Snyder took over in 1999. Washington finished with a disappointing 3-13 record after appearing in the playoffs in 2012. Much like in Cincinnati, Gruden inherits a young quarterback who will be entering his third year in the league, Robert Griffin III. It will be interesting to see if RG3 can adapt to the west coast offense run by Gruden.