Apr 27, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden speaks during the press conference at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
It had been brewing ever since the Cincinnati Bengals’ season ended on Sunday, and now it’s official: Jay Gruden is the new head coach of the Washington Redskins:
Gruden interviewed and had dinner with Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen on Wednesday, and was scheduled to talk to the Minnesota Vikings today, after previously interviewing for the Tennessee Titans vacancy.
He, along with Seattle Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Darrell Bevell, Baltimore Ravens Offensive Coordinator Jim Caldwell, Carolina Panthers Defensive Coordinator Sean McDermott, New York Giants Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell and Dallas Cowboys Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia have interviewed for the Washington job.
According to Mark Maskay of the Washington Post, this isn’t the first time Gruden will have worked with several of the assistant coaches still on the Washington staff:
"Gruden formerly worked with Allen with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also has worked with some of the Redskins’ assistant coaches who were not immediately firedwhen the team dismissed Mike Shanahan as its head coach and ousted much of Shanahan’s staff. Gruden worked with secondary coach Raheem Morris and tight ends coach Sean McVay with the Buccaneers. He worked with McVay and Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in the United Football League."
With Gruden now off to Washington, the Bengals are expected to promote running backs coach Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator.