Jay Gruden has agreed to become the new head coach for the Washington Washington Football Team, according to ESPN. Gruden, younger brother of Jon Gruden and former offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, will succeed Mike Shanahan, who was fired after tulmultuous 3-13 season. He will reportedly be introduced publicly today.
Gruden has deep ties to numerous members of the organization, which is why he was always considered one of the top favorites for the position. He worked as a Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive assistant for five seasons under general manager Bruce Allen, now the Washington Football Team general manager. Washington Football Team secondary coach Raheem Morris worked with Gruden in Tampa; Washington Football Team tight ends coach Sean McVay worked with Gruden for one year in Tampa and one year in the United Football League. Finally, Gruden served as the offensive coordinator for Jim Haslett in the UFL with the Florida Tuskers.
McVay is expected to become Washington’s offensive coordinator under Gruden, while Morris is a candidate to be named the defensive coordinator, according to league sources.
Gruden spent the past three seasons as the Bengals’ offensive coordinator, all of which ended with trips to the postseason. But Gruden earned praise for his work with quarterback Andy Dalton, who threw for more than 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons.
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