Washington gets Tampa’s Jay Gruden
One of the top jobs in the NFL is the head coach of the Washington Redskins and they hired their man Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Washington General Manager Bruce Allen worked with Gruden when his brother Jon was the head coach in Tampa Bay.
Gruden will work with one of the most exciting playersin the NFL in franchise quarterback Robert Griffin, III. The duo of Gruden and RGIII will be a fun match up to watch.
NFL Media’s Jeff Darlington reported Thursday morningthat Jay Gruden and the Redskins have finalized a deal to make him the successor to the fired Mike Shanahan, per multiple sources familiar with the negotiations. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Gruden received a five-year deal, per a source.
Darlington reported that Jim Haslett is expected to stay on as defensive coordinator. Gruden previously served under Haslett as offensive coordinator with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers in Orlando. The Redskins also are expected to promote tight ends coach Sean McVay to offensive coordinator, according to ESPN.
Gruden has deep roots in the Central Florida area and while this is his first NFL head coaching spot, he has plenty of football knowledge in his past starting with playing football at Tampa Chamberlain High School where he was their star quarterback.
Gruden, played for the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena league and was one of the most successful Arena Football League, where he won four championships for Orlando. He was head coach of the Orlando based Florida Tuskers of the UFL.
The Redskins wanted to show to the rest of the NFL that they had a football plan in place. Bruce Allen will serve as the General Manager while Daniel Snyder made it clear he will serve as owner and not be involved in football matters.