Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, has hired Jay Gruden as the team’s new head coach. Right after they interviewed Gruden they knew they had to act quickly. The Washington Redskins liked his enthusiasm, vision and people skills.
Jay Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals last year. The Redskins General Manager said that once Jay’s interview was about 75% through, they knew they wanted to hire him. The quick decision by the Redskins stopped Gruden from going to an interview with the Minnesota Vikings later in the week. Gruden got a 5-year deal from Snyder, which is longer than most first-time head coaches in the NFL. Dan Snyder gave him such a long deal so that he would be confident to get the job done right.
One of the reasons Jay Gruden took the job was so he could work closely with a quarterback like Robert Griffin III. Also, Gruden was familiar with many people within the organization. He worked with general manager, Bruce Allen in Tampa Bay for 5 years. In the past, he has also worked with 3 members of the coaching staff. Gruden is looking forward to getting started with the Redskins and he’s not bothered by all of the negativity that surrounded the team last season and for the past 15 years.
Bruce Allen thinks that he will be a good coach because he is a people person and has a broad and deep resume. He has worked every job in football and his passion is contagious. Jay also has a more accomplished and famous brother Jon, and some people think that Jay might not be ready for head coach after only 3 years as a coordinator. Others say Jay can be a good coach because his strength is to motivate and inspire players to play without getting too high or too low.
The Redskins interviewed 6 coaches before hiring Jay, but they had their eye on him the whole time. Allen already likes Gruden because they spent 5 seasons together in Tampa Bay. Allen hadn’t worked with Gruden since 2008, and he knew that he had matured since then. Overall, Gruden should be a good coach. He has what it takes to motivate his players to win games. He really has a lot of different experiences with football. Gruden is also very passionate about the game and he’s a people person. The team will like him and be inspired to play.