According 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.