Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – The Washington Redskins have hired Jay Gruden as their new head coach, replacing Mike Shanahan, who was dismissed after the team went 3-13 and last in the NFC East last season.
Gruden, who recently worked as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, is the team’s eighth head coach since Daniel Snyder purchased the franchise in 1999.
This is the first NFL head coaching job for Gruden, brother of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden.
He has stints as head coach in the Arena Football League and the United Football League and oversaw the NFL’s 10th-ranked offense this season with the Bengals.
According to reports, Gruden agreed to a five-year deal from the team that lost 40 games in four years under Shanahan
Gruden has ties to several members of the Redskins organization, including Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, whom he worked with in Tampa Bay
Gruden is expected to retain defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on his staff. Haslett previously worked with Gruden in the United Football League and remains under contract to the Redskins.
Raheem Morris, the defensive secondary coach under Shanahan, also is expected to remain on staff, possibly having a larger role in directing the defense.
Tight ends coach Sean McVay will be promoted to offensive coordinator under Gruden. McVay worked with Gruden in the UFL and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bengals assistant Hue Jackson won’t join Gruden in Washington but likely will be elevated to offensive coordinator in Cincinnati to replace Gruden.
Aside from Gruden, the Redskins also interviewed offensive coordinators Darrell Bevell of the Seattle Seahawks and Jim Caldwell of the Baltimore Ravens, defensive coordinators Sean McDermott of the Carolina Panthers and Perry Fewell of the New York Giants, and Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia.