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.
The Washington Post, citing multiple sources, said the deal to make Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden the Redskins' new head coach was close, and was expected to be done on Thursday. The Post said the two sides were working on a contract and only an "unexpected problem" could keep the deal from being completed. The Post also reported that Gruden agreed to be the Redskins' new head coach and told the Bengals he was leaving.
Although it's not the Gruden who is on the top of every candidate wish list, it still looks like a pretty good hire for the Redskins.
Gruden, who had a very successful career in the Arena Football League has 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, pretty good numbers for a quarterback who is universally derided for not having the physical skills to be an elite quarterback.
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 offensive expertise gets 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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