The Washington Redskins have hired Jay Gruden as their new head coach. Gruden comes to the Redskins after three seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. But now comes the question of exactly why the Redskins hired Gruden? We’ll try to answer those questions here.
1. His ascension as a top coordinator – The Cincinnati Bengals offense was ranked number 10 in the NFL this season. They also ranked number 6 in points scored per game with 26.9. The Bengals rise in offense this season, likely put Gruden over the top in league circlers as a top head coaching candidate.
2. Prior relationship with Bruce Allen – Gruden spent six seasons as an offensive assistant with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-2008. Redskins general manager Bruce Allen was also GM in Tampa Bay during the time Gruden was there. So I’m sure they had a chance to establish a relationship while working together.
3. Part of a winning Program – The Bengals have reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. And under the direction of head coach Marvin Lewis, the Bengals won the AFC North division title this season. So the experience of building a consistent winner is something the Redskins haven’t had in a while.
4. His work with quarterback Andy Dalton – Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton’s play has improved in each of his three seasons. He ranked third in the league in touchdown passes this season with 33, and was seventh in the league in passing yards with 4,296. Dalton ranked 15th in the league in quarterback rating, at 88.8. This ranked higher than Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, and others.
5. Other Teams wanted his services – Besides the Redskins, other teams such as the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions had requested to interview Jay Gruden. So there were other teams interest in him. And there has been interest in Gruden as head coaching candidate the past few season. As last season he interviewed for openings with the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers.