Hired as the Redskins new head coach, Gruden will face the daunting task of restoring excellence to a franchise that's been mired in mediocrity as of late. Fresh off a frustrating 3-13 season, Gruden will have his work cut out for him as he attempts to steer the much-maligned Redskins towards the direction of success moving forward.
Here's why Gruden was the perfect choice to lead the Redskins to bigger and better things next year and beyond.
Gruden's potential impact on Robert Griffin III
As the team's new head coach, Gruden's first order of business will be to maximize the sensational talents of Robert Griffin III.
Coming off ACL surgery, RGIII took a step back in 2013 as he failed to replicate the level of success he attained during his tremendous rookie season of 2012. Lacking the explosiveness and athleticism that made opposing defenses tremble during his rookie season, Griffin struggled mightily at times last year.
Gruden's arrival should signal better days ahead for RGIII. According to reports, Gruden's interest in coaching Griffin was one of the primary reasons for his interest in the Redskins' previously vacant head coaching position.
Unlike the stormy relationship RGIII had with former head coach Mike Shanahan, life with Jay Gruden should serve as a breath of fresh air for the talented quarterback. Just look at the impact Gruden had coaching a young quarterback under his previous employer.
Despite his postseason troubles, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton benefited tremendously under Gruden's tutelage. If Gruden can make Dalton into a solid NFL quarterback, the sky should be the limit for RGIII under his new coach's watch.Gruden's ties with the Redskins' organization
Although Gruden comes from outside of the organization, he's anything but an outsider to key members of the Redskins' staff.
During his time as an assistant under his brother Jon Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jay worked with Redskins' assistant coaches Raheim Morris and Sean McVay, who's widely expected to be named as the team's new offensive coordinator. Jay also has worked with current defensive coordinator Jim Haslett during their days in the UFL.
I commend general manager Bruce Allen for bringing in a head coach who's already familiar with important members of the Redskins' organization. For a franchise that experienced a high level of disharmony, especially during the final days of the Mike Shanahan era, it's important to create a team-oriented environment that consists of everyone being on the same page.
Hopefully, this chemistry will lead to many victories in 2014.The Redskins finally hired the "Hot Assistant"
Unlike the outcome of head coaching searches in the recent past when the Redskins opted for more experienced candidates with impressive credentials, this time around, the team decided to hire an unproven guy.
Instead of bringing in another retread along the lines of previous hires such as Mike Shanahan, the immortal Joe Gibbs and Marty Schottenheimer, owner Daniel Snyder decided to put the fate of the franchise in the hands of an unproven assistant coach who could have easily chosen another NFL city to begin his head coaching career.Personally, I'm looking forward to rooting for a coach such as Jay Gruden who has everything to prove in his attempt to show he's capable of leading a franchise. His hunger to succeed and desire to win should be a welcome departure from previous Redskins' head coaches who had already secured their legacies prior to being hired by Dan Snyder.
So for the reasons mentioned above, Jay Gruden is the perfect hire for the Redskins and hopefully he'll experience a lot of winning in the near future.
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