It’s being reported that the Washington Redskins have hired Jay Gruden as their next Head Coach. Gruden is coming off of a fairly successful season with the Cincinnati Bengals as their offensive coordinator. The Redskins swooped in and hired Gruden, who reportedly is going to cancel talks with the Minnesota Vikings for their head coaching position.
While Gruden is an experienced coach, he is walking into what many NFL analysts see as a less than ideal position as coach of the Redskins. Dan Snyder has gone through six head coaches since buying the franchise and none have been able to produce at a high level. The latest, Mike Shanahan, took the Redskins to an NFC East title in 2012 only to watch as their 2013 season disintegrated in acrimony and accusations. Snyder is heavily involved in team decisions and Gruden will have to operate in a situation Shanahan simply couldn’t abide.
Jay Gruden will also get the chance to work with Robert Griffin III. Griffin had a spectacular rookie season but his performance fell off in his sophomore campaign. Working with Andy Dalton, a less dynamic quarterback, Gruden was able to consistently improve the Bengals offense year over year.
Can Jay Gruden turn the Redskins around? Can Dan Snyder keep his fingers out of the pie? Can RG3 rebound under the guidance of the offensive minded Gruden? The 2014 NFL season shapes up another interesting one for Washington Redskins fans?Eric Drouant