On Monday morning, the Washington Post reported that the Washington Redskins have put in an interview request to the Cincinnati Bengals regarding offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. If the Redskins are serious about making Gruden their next head coach, they need to act fast.
Washington isn’t the only team after him. Including the Redskins, there are four teams after his services. The Minnesota Vikings, Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans are also interested in hiring the younger brother of ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. The Titans and Redskins, however, are more than likely the top two possibilities for Gruden considering the Tampa Bay ties that he shares with both teams’ GMs.
On Sunday morning, Rich Tandler of CSN Washington reported that Gruden is the top candidate for the Redskins job. With the Titans also looking like strong players, that means that Bruce Allen needs to act with a bit of urgency if they really want him as their next head coach.
Like Washington, Tennessee is a team with plenty of potential and talent, and they also have a GM with Tampa Bay ties. Their owner is much easier to work with, so they almost seem like a better option for Gruden’s career.
That is why Allen needs to meet with him now and quickly come to a decision on whether to sign Gruden or pass on him. He fits the mold that the Redskins are looking for. With quarterback Robert Griffin III being the centerpiece of the franchise, they want an offensive-minded coach that can come in and make him better. While they need a defensive-minded coach, they are looking for a coach specifically for RG3.
Gruden is a coach that can come in and work with Griffin and make him better. He’ll come into a situation with a franchise quarterback, an offensive line that has building blocks on it and weapons in Alfred Morris and Pierre Garcon at his disposal. If he can help expand Griffin’s ability as a passer while also boosting the defense, then Washington will be competitive again in 2014.
However, there is still the constant coach-killer that is Dan Snyder. Just last week, Bleacher Report made claims that agents of free agent NFL coaches stated their clients didn’t want to come to Washington simply because of Snyder. He’s created a toxic work environment in Washington, and it’s one that people are afraid of.
If Allen and Snyder are serious about Gruden becoming their next head coach, which you have to believe they are, then they need to go to Cincinnati with an already-written contract and a briefcase full of cash. With the Titans also looking like strong contenders to get Gruden, Washington needs to act fast to lock him up as their next head coach.