Jay Gruden a solid choice for the Redskins

Jay Gruden Brother of Chucky Is the New Redskins Coach

1/9/14 in NFL   |   PAULLEBOWITZ   |   109 respect

Fans of the Redskins expecting to look at new head coach Jay Gruden and see the murderously Aug 23, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden on the sidelines during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports intense glare of his brother Jon Gruden that spurred the nickname “Chucky” from the film Child’s Play will be sorely disappointed. Jon Gruden, the former head coach of the Raiders and Buccaneers, used that withering death stare on all that came in his path and it resulted in a 95-81 career coaching record and a Super Bowl win. Jay Gruden was an assistant to his brother with the Bucs, but his style is different. Although he’s not his brother, he’s a solid hire for the Redskins. Here’s why:
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
Aug 2, 2013; Canton, OH, USA; ESPN analysis Jon Gruden during the 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsGruden 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. 
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