Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden calls in a play during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Thursday August 8, 2013.
The Washington Redskins have their new head coach — Jay Gruden.
Gruden comes to the Redskins after serving as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals the last three seasons. During that time, the Bengals reached the playoffs each year, and a key reason for that was Gruden's help in developing their quarterback.
At his introductory press conference, "commitment" was the buzz word. The
Redskins finished 3-13 last season and made far more headlines off the
field than on it.
"This is about a commitment to being a
consistently great franchise," Gruden said. "We want to provide everybody with the
proud sense that we are going to come to work everyday and do the best
we can to put a competitive football team on the field. Every day."
will be the eighth head coach for the Redskins since Dan Snyder
purchased the team in 1999. The owner's reputation for meddling with
coaches and changing them frequently didn't deter Gruden from the job.
He says he has full confidence in Snyder and General Manager Bruce
"All they want to do is win and they are going to
provide me with every avenue to win. And I don't know what happened last
year and I don't care what happened last year," Gruden said. "All I care about is next
year and moving forward. I'm going to provide the players with every
avenue for them to succeed and be great. Moving forward we're going to
forget about the past and look forward to the future every day."
is known for his work with quarterbacks, something the Redskins surely
need after Robert Griffin III's struggles in his second season. With the
Bengals, Gruden's offense led the team to the playoffs the past three
seasons behind quarterback Andy Dalton. But the Bengals didn't win any
of those post-season games, in large part because their offense and
Dalton in particular faltered in each.
But consecutive playoff
appearances out of one of the NFL's toughest divisions was quite an
accomplishment. The Redskins meanwhile have not reached the postseason
in back-to-back years since 1991 and 1992.
Gruden is the younger brother of Jon Gruden, who won a Super Bowl as the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is now a broadcaster on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Jay Gruden replaces Mike Shanahan, who was fired after last season 3-13 campaign.