Jay Gruden Would Be Foolish To Accept HC Job With Washington Redskins

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It looks as though Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is making the transition from one underachieving NFL team to another. According to Pro Football Talk, the Washington Redskins and Gruden have reportedly agreed to terms in principle, but are currently hammering out contract details. A similar report was made a few weeks about Bill O’Brien and the Houston Texans — the signing became public within 48 hours of the first report.

So if the most recent news is true, that means the NFL will have a Gruden as a head coach for the first time since 2008, when Jay’s older brother John Gruden was roaming the sidelines for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While I have some confidence in John’s younger brother, I’m perplexed as to why the Bengals’ offensive coordinator would jump at the Redskins’ coaching vacancy.

Washington is an absolute mess right now as Robert Griffin III and Daniel Snyder continue to act like love-struck elementary kids, while the Skins’ defense is one of the worst groups in the NFL. Defense isn’t Gruden’s specialty, but he’d better start freshening up on that side of the ball because the divisional rival Philadelphia Eagles don’t show any signs of stopping under Chip Kelly.

Even though Gruden is likely giddy over the opportunity to leave quarterback Andy Dalton in the dust; this offensive coordinator would be making a big mistake by starting his head coaching career by taking over the dumpster fire that is the Redskins.

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  • Mark

    Well, first of all, Jay’s brother’s name is spelled “Jon”. More importantly, the “love affair” between RGIII and Snyder also existed last year when the team went 10-6, so clearly that’s not the problem. The “dumpster fire” was started by Shanahan, and he’s gone. RGIII is one year removed from being the ROY and an explosive dual threat, and he still has plenty of potential. So why exactly is this a foolish decision? Because the Redskins lack a good defense? They also have $36M+ in cap space. This is a perfect opportunity for a young coach like Jay to make a name for himself.