Jay Gruden – Brother of Chucky – Is the New Redskins Coach
He’s a former quarterback
Like Bill Walsh and Norv Turner, Gruden was a quarterback in college who had a limited set of skills. Good enough to be a professional in Europe and in the Arena League, Gruden had was amounted to a hardscrabble journey into his current position.
Quarterbacks who have to figure it out and find various methods to continue playing will learn all the tricks to being successful with their limited skills. If you put them in a situation with a quarterback who does have the skills, they can impart their knowledge to help the quarterback fulfill his potential. It happened with Walsh and Joe Montana and Steve Young. It happened with Turner and Troy Aikman and Philip Rivers.
Gruden worked with Andy Dalton with the Bengals when Dalton was forced into the starting role after the holdout of Carson Palmer. He coaxed a solid rookie season and consistent improvement over his three years as Dalton’s offensive coordinator. Give him a quarterback with the skills of Robert Griffin III, and magic can happen.
He’s got a diverse resume in different circumstances
Gruden won’t have the say-so that Mike Shanahan had, but Bruce Allen is the club’s GM and Allen worked with Jon Gruden with the Raiders and Bucs. As difficult as Snyder is said to be, how much worse can an owner be in terms of interference than Al Davis? Davis had a football man’s mind that gave his meddling credibility and that’s something that Snyder doesn’t have. But Snyder can be convinced that the football people know better than he does on certain issues and he’ll back off. That would never happen with Davis. It can’t be said that Snyder doesn’t hire quality people in spite of poor results and a terrible reputation.
As the Louisville quarterback in college, Gruden played for Howard Schnellenberger. He coached in the Arena League and the United Football League. He’s been a GM in the Arena League. He was an offensive assistant on his brother's Super Bowl-winning staff. He was the offensive coordinator for Marvin Lewis, whose strength is handling players. He’s young enough and experienced enough to adapt to the unique circumstances in Washington.