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