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Team: Washington Redskins
Age / DOB:  (50) / 3/4/1967

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Redskins signed coach Jay Gruden to a two-year extension through 2020.
Gruden was entering the fourth year of a five-year deal signed in 2014. The extension was a necessary move with OC Sean McVay gone to Los Angeles and GM Scot McCloughan's future role in doubt. Gruden has gained power in the organization. Gruden recently checked in at No. 16 in Rotoworld's head-coach rankings. The Redskins have gone 17-14-1 on Gruden's watch the past two seasons. Gruden's creative passing game has brought consistency to Washington's offense, but we'll be interested to see how it fares with both DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon looking likely to bolt in free agency. Mar 5 - 12:06 AM

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Coach Jay Gruden will handle play-calling duties on offense in 2017.

Former OC Sean McVay, who is now the Rams' head coach, was the play-caller the past two seasons. Gruden handled those duties when he got the job in 2014 and called plays for the Bengals when he was their OC. It's obviously not foreign to him. McVay developed a reputation for being a bit too pass happy last season. Look for Gruden to hammer the ground game more this year.
Feb 13 - 12:31 PM

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reports the Redskins have informed HC Jay Gruden that he'll return to coach the team in 2015.

Russini is as plugged in as it gets when it's all things Redskins. If true, it would seem the Redskins will part ways with Robert Griffin III if we're to believe reports that Gruden can't work with RGIII. Owner Dan Snyder inked Gruden to a five-year contract when he hired him, so he's not going to eat four years of money to send Gruden on his way. It'll be interesting to see where Gruden goes at quarterback. The Redskins are currently slated to pick fifth overall in the 2015 draft.
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 07:09:00 PM

The Washington Post reports the Redskins are considering firing Jay Gruden after the season.

Despite signing a fully guaranteed five-year deal this offseason, Gruden could be "one and done" in Washington. Owner Daniel Snyder and GM Bruce Allen were not completely on board with the decision to bench Robert Griffin III, leading to reports that Griffin could still make more starts this year. Gruden has led the Redskins to just three wins and regressed the careers of both Griffin and Kirk Cousins. If ownership decides to commit to Griffin in 2015, Washington could move on from Gruden.
Sat, Dec 6, 2014 05:58:00 PM

New Redskins coach Jay Gruden plans to call his own plays, and "loves" the read option.

"I love it," Gruden insisted at Thursday's introductory presser. "I think it's part of football now." Gruden had previously sent mixed signals on Robert Griffin III's signature play, but appears to have gotten the memo. Of course, the play was a much smaller part of the Redskins' offense in 2013, and there's little reason to believe Gruden will increase its use next season. RGIII isn't going to hurt for pass attempts in Gruden's relatively traditional West Coast scheme. Gruden also revealed Thursday that he plans to keep the Redskins' 3-4 scheme on defense.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 04:31:00 PM

Redskins hired Jay Gruden as head coach and signed him to a five-year contract.

In 2011, Gruden left the UFL to take over the Bengals' No. 20 offense. He leaves them as a top-10 unit despite streaky Andy Dalton and vanilla schemes. Gruden, Jon's 46-year-old younger brother, gives owner Dan Snyder the name value he always seeks and GM Bruce Allen the man he knows from their time in Tampa. Skins TEs coach Sean McVay is expected to be promoted to offensive coordinator, while holdovers Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris are both candidates to run the defense. The Bengals' three straight first-round playoff exits and Gruden's public hesitancy to run the read-option surprisingly did nothing to extinguish his market. He'll install a pass-heavy scheme, but it's not necessarily an upgrade for RG3. In Cincy, Gruden was a proponent of committees at tailback, wideout, and tight end. No matter how you feel about the Shanahans, it'll be hard for Gruden to match their production. They turned in top-ten offenses in back-to-back years.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 09:21:00 AM

Sources tell the NFL Network that the Redskins and Bengals OC Jay Gruden are currently working out the final details for him to become their head coach.

ESPN's Adam Schefter chimed in by saying "all signs point to Gruden" for the gig. Jon's younger brother had an interview scheduled with the Vikings on Thursday, but that's been put on hold. A source told the Post that Gruden seemed to prefer the Titans, who he previously interviewed with, but Dan Snyder might be making him an offer he can't refuse. It's standard operating procedure for Snyder, who throws bags of monopoly money at coaches and players only to use them as a chew toy. Gruden's stock has somehow not been damaged by the Bengals' three consecutive playoff flameouts.
Thu, Jan 9, 2014 08:18:00 AM

Bengals OC Jay Gruden will become the sixth head-coaching candidate to interview with the Vikings when he meets with GM Rick Spielman on Thursday.

The other five interviewees are Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, Seahawks DC Dan Quinn, Cardinals DC Todd Bowles, ex-Browns DC Ray Horton, and Bengals DC Mike Zimmer. Casting a wide net, the Vikings have also requested interviews with 49ers OC Greg Roman, Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, and Broncos OC Adam Gase and DC Jack Del Rio. There is no known favorite for the Vikings job.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 08:21:00 PM

The Redskins interviewed Bengals OC Jay Gruden for their head-coaching vacancy Wednesday.

The team confirmed the interview took place. Gruden interviewed with the Titans on Tuesday, Redskins on Wednesday, and is headed for Minnesota on Thursday. Next up for the Redskins is Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. That interview will take place Thursday. On Monday, NFL Network's Jeff Darlington said he expects Gruden to be named Washington's next head coach. Owner Daniel Snyder is going to go for a flashy hire, and Gruden has the last name.
Wed, Jan 8, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Bengals OC Jay Gruden interviewed for the Titans' head-coaching vacancy on Tuesday.

The Titans confirmed the news via their Twitter account. Per's Ian Rapoport, Gruden will interview with the Redskins on Wednesday and the Vikings on Thursday. Gruden's offense tied for third in the AFC in points this season, but was wildly inconsistent. For the second straight year, Gruden's unit had an absolute meltdown in the Wild Card round. Gruden is a perfectly fine play-caller, but it's doubtful he'd be garnering so much interest were it not for his last name.
Tue, Jan 7, 2014 05:45:00 PM

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington expects Bengals OC Jay Gruden to be the next Redskins head coach.

Darlington doesn't cite sources, but he's pretty well plugged-in around the league and likely isn't simply guessing. The most notable Washington-Gruden tie is Jay's history with Redskins GM Bruce Allen in Tampa Bay, where Gruden was an assistant coach on his big brother Jon's staff, and Allen ran football operations. Due to his last name, Jay would also fit the bill for owner Dan Snyder, who prefers flashy hires. The Bengals could promote RBs coach Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator, and very arguably upgrade on Gruden.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 01:24:00 PM

The Redskins, Vikings, Lions and Titans have all requested permission to interview Bengals OC Jay Gruden for their head coaching vacancies.

Despite another playoff flameout Sunday, Jon Gruden's younger brother is emerging as one of the hottest names available. CBS' Jason La Canfora previously reported that he's among the favorites for the 'Skins job. Gruden figures to have an edge over defensive minds like fellow Bengal Mike Zimmer because of the Redskins' commitment to developing Robert Griffin III. The Bengals have an in-house replacement at the ready in fantasy-friendly Hue Jackson, who served as the team's running backs coach in 2013.
Mon, Jan 6, 2014 10:42:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bengals OC Jay Gruden is on the Lions' head-coaching "wish list."

Gruden may be Detroit's top fallback option in the event things go south with Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt, who is widely viewed as the favorite to replace Jim Schwartz. Whisenhunt and Gruden are both eligible to interview for head-coaching jobs during the upcoming week, but neither can sign a head-coaching contract until after their teams' postseason bid has reached completion.
Sun, Jan 5, 2014 02:38:00 PM's Jeff Darlington "fully expects" Bengals OC Jay Gruden to receive "major consideration" for the Redskins' head-coaching vacancy.

Preparing for Sunday's Wild Card game, Gruden isn't yet allowed to interview. Gruden has overseen a productive, but often vanilla, offense during his three years as Cincinnati's coordinator. He's not an undeserving candidate, but his last name is certainly boosting his job prospects.
Thu, Jan 2, 2014 01:39:00 PM

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