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Washington Redskins Pick Jay Gruden As New Head Coach

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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.
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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."

Gruden 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 Allen.

"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."

Gruden 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.


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