Thursday, January 9, 2014

Redskins hire Jay Gruden as Mike Shanahan's replacement

The Washington Redskins have their new head coach.
Jay Gruden has agreed to a five-year deal to replace Mike Shanahan, a person familiar with the situation tells USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell. The person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter because the Redskins have not yet announced Gruden's hiring.
The team will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. ET Thursday at its headquarters in Ashburn, Va.
ESPN first reported the hire.
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Gruden, 46, the younger brother of ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, has spent the past three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. The Bengals won the AFC North in 2013 thanks in part to an attack that steadily improved under Gruden's watch. Cincinnati finished 10th in yards gained (368.2 per game) and tied for sixth in points scored (26.9 per game) in the regular season.
Washington was ninth in yards (369.7 per game) in 2013 but only 23rd in scoring (20.9 per game).
Gruden takes over for Mike Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after the stormiest and most disappointing of his four years with the team. Shanahan, who had one year remaining on his deal when he was terminated, was 24-41 with the team and only reached the playoffs once.
Shanahan's relationship with franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to incrementally disintegrate following RG3's knee injury during the 2012 playoffs. The coach later expressed regret for not pulling Griffin against the Seattle Seahawks last January when the quarterback tore multiple knee ligaments. The duo also publicly disagreed on several issues in 2013, beginning with Griffin's workload in training camp and ending with Shanahan's decision to bench him with three games left in a lost 3-13 season.



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