Redskins to sign Jay Gruden as head coach

WASHINGTON (WUSA9/USA Today) -- Jay Gruden will be the Washington Redskins next head coach, according to

Gruden, who is currently the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, is working out a deal with the Redskins, that will be finalized in the near future, reports.

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen is expected to announce the hiring at a press conference at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"Gruden began hammering out the parameters of a deal Wednesday night, putting his interview with the Minnesota Vikings on hold, a source informed of the process told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport," reports.

Gruden, the younger brother of ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, has spent the past three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. The Bengals won the AFC North in 2013 thanks in part to an attack that steadily improved under Gruden's watch. Cincinnati finished fourth in yards gained and points scored in the regular season.

Gruden takes over for Mike Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after the stormiest and most disappointing of his four years with the team. Shanahan, who had one year remaining on his deal when he was terminated, was 24-41 with the team and only reached the playoffs once.

Shanahan's relationship with franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to incrementally disintegrate following RG3's knee injury during the 2012 playoffs. The coach later expressed regret for not pulling Griffin against the Seattle Seahawks last January when the quarterback tore multiple knee ligaments. The duo also publicly disagreed on several issues in 2013, beginning with Griffin's workload in training camp and ending with Shanahan's decision to bench him with three games left in a lost season.

CBS Sports' Jason LaCanfora confirmed the news.

Thursday afternoon, Jared Bell, the senior NFL writer for USA Today talked to us from New England about the Washington Redskins hiring Jay Gruden as head coach.

He described his initial reaction: "I wonder if his last name was not Gruden if he would be the Washington coach. Dan Snyder likes to get his name hires in the off season. This is the biggest name out there because of Jon Gruden, of course. That's a question. And, you know, I heard your introduction a minute ago and you talked about how he did some fine work with Andy Dalton, but there's a ceiling to that. The Bengals 0 and 3 in the playoffs, right? Andy Dalton, major, major, major disappointment in the playoffs, and we just saw it last week."

Read more from his interview here:


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