Imagine the headlines ... "Redskins hire Gruden as head coach."
And there is much rejoicing in the nation's capital. Until they find out that it's not Jon Gruden, the highly sought after Super Bowl-winning coach turned broadcaster teams lust after every offseason, but his brother Jay instead.
Jay Gruden was hired to be the next head coach of the Redskins on Thursday. The Washington Post originally reported the story, saying the two sides were working on a contract and only an "unexpected problem" could keep the deal from being completed. Gruden and the Redskins have a news conference scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.
Although it's not the Gruden who is on the top of every candidate wish list, it still looks like a good hire for the Redskins.
Gruden, who had a successful career in the Arena Football League as a player and coach, and has been with the Bengals since 2011, did wonders with quarterback Andy Dalton (just not in the postseason). Dalton has 11,360 yards and 80 touchdowns in three seasons, good numbers for a quarterback who is universally derided for not having the physical skills to be elite.
Now Gruden inherits a quarterback who has one of the NFL's most intriguing skill sets in Robert Griffin III.
Griffin was the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2012, blew out his knee in a playoff game at the end of the season and never looked right in 2013, Mike Shanahan's last year as Redskins coach. He hadn't progressed much because of a lost offseason, but the Redskins have to be hopeful that Gruden and his expertise get Griffin and the offense back on the upward plane it appeared to be on two seasons ago.
The Redskins identified Gruden early and landed their preferred candidate. Recently retired Redskins linebacker London Fletcher could see it coming as well:
Job was Gruden's to lose from the start, keeping some of staff saves Skins $, Allen always knew who he wanted!— London Fletcher (@LFletcher59) January 9, 2014
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