Redskins could push to hire Jay Gruden this week

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Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

While the Cincinnati Bengals prepare for the offseason, offensive coordinator Jay Gruden continues to hear his name mentioned around the NFL as a potential head coach next year.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, there’s a belief that Jay Gruden is the early favorite with the Washington Redskins, whom are set to interview him soon:

"“There are some ties there,” one of those people said Tuesday morning, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the Redskins’ candidates or Gruden’s job prospects publicly. “It would make a lot of sense.” Another person said late Monday he would not be surprised to see the Redskins make a push to hire Gruden when he meets with team officials, even with other candidates slated to be interviewed. But Gruden, that person added, has leverage because of the interest he is drawing from other teams with head coaching vacancies and it is not clear if he would be receptive to striking a quick deal even if the Redskins pursue that"

The fact that Jay has any kind of “leverage” is surprising. It only reinforces the belief that he is a hot commodity in NFL circles.