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Redskins Hire Jay Gruden as Head Coach

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The Redskins have hired Jay Gruden to be their next head coach.  He is the seventh head coach to coach for Dan Snyder since he bought the team in 1999.

Gruden spent the last three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator, all which led to trips to the post-season.  The Bengals' improved in points per game each season.   Cincinnati ranked 10th in the NFL this past season in total yards.

Gruden takes over the Redskins have a 3-13 season.

Gruden says, "I don't know what happened last year and I don't care, all I care about is next year and moving forward."

Jay Gruden says he's already built a genuine trust with star quarterback Robert Griffin III

Gruden says, "I see a guy that can run and move in the pocket, I see accuracy, I see long ball accuracy. I see toughness and I guy that wants to win and a strong leader. I see every trait that a quarterback has to have to be successful and I see Robert having all those. Why wouldn't you want to coach a guy like that."

This is Gruden's first job as an NFL head coach.

He says, "My strength is dealing with players, motivating players, keeping players excited about playing and coming to work, not letting them get too high or too low and letting them know honestly that I have their best interest at heart."

Jay Gruden is the younger brother of ESPN TV analyst Jon Gruden, who led the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl win in 2003.   This will be Jay Gruden's first NFL head coaching job.

Gruden played and coached in the Arena Football League.  He won two Arena League titles as head coach of the Orlando Predators.

Jay Gruden played quarterback in college at the University of Louisville.    

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