Redskins turn to Jay Gruden

12:09 PM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
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Ashburn, VA ( - 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 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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