Chucky's Coming to Washington!

ChuckyColorAccording to Rick Snider of the Washington Examiner, Jon Gruden is currently the favorite to replace Jim Zorn as Head Coach of the Washington Redskins.

Gruden is reportedly interested in the job because, after serving time in Tampa Bay and Oakland,  he longs to finally work for a team owner that is willing to spend big money to win.  He also apparently would have no problem leaving the GM duties to Snyder and Cerrato, which is something other candidates like Mike Shanahan are less likely to concede.

The good news is that Gruden has experience working with difficult and meddlesome owners and Presidents (see Davis, Al) and also has a hard-nosed and disciplined approach to football that may help bring about the change that the Redskins have been lacking for some time.  He’s had success under difficult situations and he’s had success with average to slightly above average talent.   He’s turned journeyman quarterbacks like Rich Gannon into actual stars.   We could do a lot worse than Jon Gruden.

The bad news is that this means we probably won’t get the new General Manager that so many of us have longed for.  The article implies that Vinny Cerrato’s job is safe.  If this is true, then we’re going to need Gruden to get some success with average to slightly above average talent, because the Redskins are going to continue to have gaping holes in various positions.  They’ll continue to have an astounding lack of depth across the board as they continue to go absurdly top-heavy and inevitably succumb to injuries as every team does.  Cerrato’s main qualification seems to be his absolute willingness to do whatever Daniel Snyder wants to do, no questions asked.

This is all far from certain at any rate; if the article is correct, the two sides reportedly have not even had any official communication, though both sides are interested.  That’s still a step up from the last coaching search, when nobody wanted the Redskins head coaching job at all.  And really, we could do a lot worse than Jon Gruden.

Next Redskins Game View full schedule »
Thursday, Aug 2828 Aug7:30at Tampa Bay BuccaneersBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Chucky Gruden Head Coach Redskins

  • Drew

    Anything to get Chucky out of the MNF booth!!

    He is definitely an improvement over Zorn…that is for sure.

  • John

    I guess just add Chucky to the wish list. A switch sooner than later would be welcomed.Maybe he could find a QB that at least acts like he wants to play.

  • CCC

    I want Russ Grimm

    not some retread has-been

  • Jackie Baltimore


  • Redskins Guy

    Sadly I don’t think Grimm is an option. From what I understand he and Snyder don’t get along. I agree, he would be great for the job though.

  • John

    Can not replace the owner ,but I hope he can see the GM is a total train wreck also. Recent history shows what a BAD GM can do to a francise. “DETROIT” It will/could take years to recover from what he has and has not done. Just one question I would like to put out there. If the “owner” really cares and is a fan at heart what would keep him from possibly calling the likes of Sonny,Sam H,Frank H,Riggo, even Joe T.Professionals who live and breath Redskin football. These are but a few of names that he could gather to brainstorm and come up with a plan. As of now it seems nothing else has worked so far all these years.Mr S needs to put the ego away and become a fan

  • Redskins Guy

    As far as I can tell, Vinny’s best quality is his ability to wholeheartedly agree with anything Mister Snyder tells him.

    Mister Snyder is clearly comfortable with him and is reluctant to make a change that might cause him to have less fun the way he did when Shottenheimer was in charge. I do believe he’s a fan, but he’s also a businessman and he wants to have fun playing with his team.

    So he’s not going to give up the GM duties lightly unless he’s convinced that it’s absolutely necessary. And of course, since he’s surrounded himself by people who will agree with him, nobody is going to convince him that he needs to make a change.
    I think we’re stuck with Vinny unless this season hits his pocketbook really hard.

  • theMBIIIeffect

    Do you put the blame on Zorn or on Snyder/Cerrato? Is it a personnel thing or is it a coaching thing?

    I don’t think Zorn was necessarily ready to be a head coach, and I don’t think he was given a solid offensive line to work with. That should have been the Redskins’ first concern. Both issues point back to management and ownership. As someone who has suffered through years of Jerry Jones, I feel your pain. That doesn’t mean that I won’t enjoy watching the Skins struggle through the rest of the season (I have a strange feeling we will too), but I know the feeling.