The Washington Redskins have their new head coach.
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).
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.
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.
Gruden becomes the sixth coach hired by Washington owner Daniel
Snyder since he assumed control of the team in 1999. The Redskins have
only reached postseason four times in that span, once under the
leadership of Norv Turner, whom Snyder inherited but fired before the
end of the 2000 season.
The Redskins have endure double-digit
losses and last-place finishes in the NFC East four of the past five
seasons. The exception was 2012, when they won the division after being
sparked by Griffin's offensive rookie of the year effort.
Joe Gibbs is the only coach hired by Snyder to win a playoff game since 1999.
who's spent the past 17 years coaching in the NFL, UFL and Arena
league, successfully developed quarterback Andy Dalton, who was drafted
by Cincinnati in 2011. Dalton passed for 4,293 yards and 33 TDs in 2013,
both Bengals records and numbers the Redskins would surely like to see
The last Bengals coordinator to leave Cincinnati
for a head coaching position was Bruce Coslet, when he was hired by the
New York Jets in 1990.
Gruden interviewed with the Tennesee Titans
on Tuesday and had one scheduled with the Minnesota Vikings for
Thursday before agreeing to his new post.
Gruden has ties to some
of the Redskins staff. He worked with general manager Bruce Allen,
defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and tight ends coach Sean McVay
while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With Orlando of the UFL, he worked
under defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who brought Gruden on as his
offensive coordinator, while McVay was the tight ends coach. When
Haslett went to the Redskins, Gruden became the head coach in Orlando.
Haslett, Morris and McVay were retained in Washington after Shanahan's dismissal.
Gruden leaving the Bengals, it is expected that running backs coach Hue
Jackson will become the new offensive coordinator. Jackson has been the
offensive coordinator in Washington (2003), Atlanta (2007) and Oakland
(2010) as well as being the Raiders head coach in 2011.