Thursday morning, the Washington Redskins announced who would take over for the recently-fired Mike Shanahan. The Redskins decided to go with Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their next head coach, making a decision to go in a direction for the betterment of the future of the organization. There are a few key positives to this hire, and Redskins fans should be excited.
General manager Bruce Allen has worked with both Jon Gruden and his brother Jay, so he knows them both well. It’s a familiar and comfortable feeling, which made the decision a lot easier overall. Gruden is a young, offensive mind, which is exactly what the Redskins desired to put them back on the map, especially when it comes to further developing quarterback Robert Griffin III.
One of the most important things to the Redskins is that there would be a great relationship between owner Dan Snyder, the new head coach and Griffin. Knowing that there is a history between the Gruden family and Allen, it seems that the Redskins felt that Gruden would give them just that. This instantly puts the team in a heck of a lot better position than when Shanahan was there.
During Shanahan’s tenure, especially since the drafting of Griffin, there was constant tension between the three. Snyder and Shanahan didn’t seem to see eye to eye when it came to their franchise quarterback, and that was a quick recipe for a big change in 2014. The health and development of Griffin is Snyder’s number one priority at the moment, and Gruden should do a much better job in monitoring that than Shanahan did.
One small tidbit to keep in mind: All of the folks saying that Gruden now “has a decision to make” regarding who his quarterback will be going forward are completely out of their mind. Kirk Cousins is a valuable backup, but Griffin is the future of the team — period. Just because Cousins’ style is more comparable to Andy Dalton, who Gruden worked with in Cincinnati, doesn’t mean he will forget about Griffin. Remember, Snyder is committed to Griffin and his hiring of Gruden had that in mind all along.