Jay Gruden reportedly is Redskins’ top choice for head coach
The Redskins confirmed that Gruden, who is the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, interviewed for the job on Wednesday. Gruden interviewed with the Titans on Tuesday and is scheduled to interview with the Vikings on Thursday. The Lions have also reportedly reached out to him.
NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington has said the past few days that he believes Gruden will be the next coach of Washington:
One more time for the late arrivals: I continue to believe Jay Gruden will be the next head coach of the Redskins.
— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 8, 2014
The Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud said the same thing:
Said it for weeks, Jay Gruden is going to be the Redskins first choice for head coach. Too many ties to team. Best available Gruden.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 8, 2014
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on “NFL Insiders” that Gruden has “always been near the top of [the Redskins'] list.” He also says if Gruden leaves, the Bengals will likely promote Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator.
The Washington Post’s Mark Maske says Gruden is believed to be the Redskins’ first choice, but they’re not sure if the feeling is mutual. They say Gruden may prefer the Titans job, but that owner Daniel Snyder could make an offer Gruden can’t refuse.
Aside from his last name being “Gruden,” I don’t see what makes him such a great head coaching candidate. Are you really telling me that Jay has done special things with the Bengals’ offense? I don’t see it.