It might not be the Gruden many speculated the Redskins were targeting, but Washington has hired a new head coach. According to the Washington Post, Jay Gruden has accepted the Head Coach position with the Redskins, leaving the Cincinnati Bengals after a three-year stint where he finished out as their Offensive Coordinator.
Jay Gruden has ties to Washington Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, the two working together in Tampa Bay where Jay served as an Offensive Assistant from 2002-2008. Bruce Allen served as the General Manager for the Buccaneers organization from 2004 through 2008.
The Head Coach position of the Washington Redskins was made vacant when Mike Shanahan was fired following his fourth season. The Redskins reportedly still owe Shanahan upwards of $7 M for the fifth year of his contract. No word as of yet what Gruden’s salary will reach, nor have any coordinators been chosen at this time.
This is Jay Gruden’s first job as a Head Coach in the NFL. He previously served in the position for the Orlando Predators of the Arena League, winning two Arena Bowls in the process, and also as the Head Coach of the Florida Tuskers of the UFL.