Redskins hire Jay Gruden as their new head coach

The Redskins have hired a Gruden, but probably not the one they REALLY wanted

1/9/14 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY SportsAfter a rather extensive and wide-sweeping search, the Washington Redskins have settled on a head coach.

There were over a dozen candidates mentioned at one point or another, and it seemed like the Redskins were turning over every stone in their attempt to find a head coach.

Finally, they settled on Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, according to Adam Schefter.

He's not Jon Gruden, who is always the hottest name on the market for any head coaching vacancy, but he's the next best thing, as far as Washington is concerned.

Some would certainly beg to differ. Gruden had some great players to work with in Cincinnati, most notably WR AJ Green. But was he really that great of a coordinator? I would make the case that he wasn't. That doesn't necessarily mean he can't be a great coach, since the skill sets are different for head coaches and offensive coordinators, but I'm not sure he's the best candidate for the job.

Then again, was this an attractive job for most candidates? There's a feeling among the football community that working for Dan Snyder isn't exactly the most appealing prospect. If that forced the Redskins to resort to Gruden, then so be it.

Or maybe he was their first choice from the start. That's certainly what they'll claim, but I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he wasn't their ideal candidate, and we'll see them going on another coaching search in 3-4 years at the most.
Notify me by email about comments that follow mine. Preview

1/13/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

JenX63 wrote:
"rebuilding" *sigh* how many times can you use that term for/about your team before you start sounding pathetic? :/

100

1/11/14   |   JenX63   |   32777 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
Oh, it's a rebuilding year :)

"rebuilding" *sigh* how many times can you use that term for/about your team before you start sounding pathetic? :/

1/10/14   |   kobe_lova   |   61958 respect

JenX63 wrote:
You know, the more I read, the less impressed I become. I have resigned myself to not much better 2014 Skins team than the 2013 one. This way I don't set myself up for disappointment.

Oh, it's a rebuilding year :)

1/9/14   |   JenX63   |   32777 respect

You know, the more I read, the less impressed I become. I have resigned myself to not much better 2014 Skins team than the 2013 one. This way I don't set myself up for disappointment.

1/9/14   |   JenX63   |   32777 respect

Did they? I have read so much "stuff" for lack of a better word on the "search" for the best coach. Hmmm, seriously, someone needs to do what Snyder hates most, and tell him, NO ONE wants to coach for you. I wish Jay the best as I do all the others, let's see how long he is there.