Ashburn, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins have scheduled a
Thursday afternoon press conference to introduce their new head coach, which
will reportedly be Jay Gruden.
General manager Bruce Allen will make the announcement after meeting with four
different candidates as potential replacements for Mike Shanahan.
Gruden interviewed on Wednesday night and both NFL.com and ESPN are reporting
that a deal is in place.
Shanahan was fired a day after the Redskins completed a disastrous 3-13 season
with eight straight losses. Washington was 24-40 under Shanahan with a
surprise NFC East title in 2012.
Gruden has been the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals the past
three seasons. The Bengals reached the playoffs each of those three years and
were eliminated last Sunday by San Diego after winning the AFC North title.
Before joining Cincinnati in 2011, Gruden spent seven seasons as an assistant
with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under his brother Jon from 2002-08. He then
moved on to the Florida Tuskers of the fledgling United Football League, first
as offensive coordinator and then as head coach in 2010.
In addition, Gruden was a head coach in the Arena Football League. He was
93-61 with a pair of ArenaBowl titles with the Orlando Predators.
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