Redskins could push to hire Jay Gruden this week

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Dec 13, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden talks with quarterback Andy Dalton (14) during the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Bengals defeated the Eagles 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Redskins are still without a head coach after firing Mike Shanahan on Black Monday, but with an offense already having a franchise quarterback to build around in Robert Griffin III, the team will likely look for an offensive-minded coach to come in and help RGIII reach his full potential.

One could argue Jay Gruden has done just that with Andy Dalton, taking the former second-round QB out of TCU and molding him into a capable starter.

It doesn’t hurt that he’s also the younger brother of former Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, but regardless,, one cannot argue he is good offensive-minded coach in an offensive-driven league.

The Bengals finished the year ranked 10th in the NFL in total offense, averaging 26.9 points and 430 yards per game.

In 1998, Jay Gruden became the head coach of the Orlando Predators of the Arena Football League and won Arena Bowl titles in 1998 and 2000.

From 2002 to 2008, he served as an offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under his brother, Jon.

He was later hired to be former New Orleans Saints Head Coach Jim Haslett’s Offensive Coordinator for the Florida Tuskers in the United Football League in 2009 before becoming the head coach and general manger in 2010.

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