Jay Gruden Focus of Latest Washington Redskins Coaching Rumors

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Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden speaks during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

While Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden prepares his team for their first round playoff matchup against the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins appear to be biding their time as they wait to try to woo the 46-year-old coach over to the nation’s capital.

According to NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, Gruden is expected to get “major consideration” from the Redskins. Gruden’s name has repeatedly been mentioned among Washington Redskins coaching rumors and is definitely on the short list of candidates to replace Mike Shanahan.

The Redskins might not be the only player for Gruden’s services after he helped coach Andy Dalton to his third straight playoff appearance. Under Gruden, Dalton has improved his yardage, completions, touchdown percentage, and passer rating in each of his first three years in the league. A former quarterback himself, Gruden’s tutelage might be just what embattled Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III needs.

Prior to becoming the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in 2011, Gruden was the offensive coordinator and later head coach of the UFL’s Florida Tuskers (now Virginia Destroyers) and helped lead the team to back-to-back UFL championship games in 2009 and 2010. He had previously been the head coach of the AFL’s Orlando Predators and an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when his brother Jon coached the team.

Gruden also played quarterback in the AFL for the Predators and Tampa Bay Storm, winning the AFL MVP award in 1992. He won the AFL championship six times and was voted the fourth greatest AFL player of all time in 2006.

While Gruden is an early short-lister for the Redskins job, he is far from the only one that Washington has their eye on. The Redskins have already requested to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, and Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. According to ESPN’s John Clayton, the Redskins may also be interested in Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Baylor coach Art Briles (who coached RGIII in college), Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, and 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman.

Igor Derysh is Editor-at-Large at XN Sports and has been featured in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Herald, Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, and FantasyPros. He has previously covered sports for COED Magazine, Fantasy Alarm, and Manwall.com.
4 comments
April Walker
April Walker

Understand your comment Jonathan, and agree with you! I just think RG3 brought a lot of this on himself, I like him a lot, and am very appreciative of what he done for my team in 2012! He was hurt and didn't play well this year, I could deal with that had he handled it with the same poise and tactfulness he handled his success! He wasn't the same QB on the field or off the field! The off field QB is what my concern comes from! And any way you look at it, a second year player in NFL was the downfall of a 2 time SB winning coach! That's not cool! My hope is he's learned a lot and we will see a different more improved QB in 2014! HTTR

Jonathan
Jonathan

I like how RG3 is described as "embattled". The guy was rookie of the year a season ago; and given what the Redskins traded to draft him, his role as the franchise QB is pretty secure. I appreciate the sensationalism though Igor.

clueless
clueless

Darned ol RGIII, he really let Shanny down, getting hurt first of all and then playing with a severely impacted knee. What was RGIII thinking, someone should remind him just who Shanny was/is. You really suck RGIII I hate you

April Walker
April Walker

Come on man.. Nobody is blaming QB for the terrible year we had, though he is not blameless for his own actions during the year! Like I said, I like him and hope he shows what a great QB he is with a year behind him coming off his injury! All was saying was he wasn't the same QB on or off the field! That's the truth about him, now if you want to talk about Coachs failures we can, I never said he was perfect either!