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Redskins Hire the Other Gruden

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Redskins Hire the Other Gruden

Once again, Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has hired a new head coach as multiple outlets report Jay Gruden will replace the fired Mike Shanahan as the head coach of the Redskins, who finished last in the NFC East this year after winning the division in 2012 under then-Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III.

Since Snyder purchased the Redskins in 1999, Gruden is now the eighth head coach of the franchise, a pretty high rate of turnover for a team that's struggled other than last season's playoff appearance.

Gruden has never been an NFL head coach, but served as a head coach in the Arena League and the United Football League and is the brother of former Super Bowl winning head Jon Gruden, who's now an analyst for ESPN's Monday Night Football.

Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, who had a disappointing end to their season on Sunday with a blowout loss at home to San Diego. The Bengals were the 10th-ranked offense in the NFL as Gruden had some powerful weapons in quarterback Andy Dalton, and most notably wide receiver A.J. Green.

Gruden will also inherit some weapons in Washington as he'll hope for a recovery season from RG3 after a disappointing sophomore slump that was likely a result of Griffin's knee surgery following the 2012 season. He also has one of the league's best young running backs in Alfred Morris and a go-to receiver in Pierre Garcon.

Defense will be the biggest issue for Gruden in Washington, and he'll need to hire a strong defensive coordinator to lead it. One of the favorites seems to be current Redskins DC Jim Haslett, according to The Washington Post.

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