Washington Redskins, a professional American football team, finally found the coach that they need to have. After scrutinizing numerous applicants, they chose no less than Jay Gruden to be the successor of Mike Shanahan whose job security became a stake due to his frosty relationship with star quarterback Robert Griffin III. ?Shanahan was fired on December 30, last year.
According to Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, “Once Jay’s interview was about three-quarters through; we knew he was the right guy. It was a unanimous decision.?He also noted that what elevated Gruden from the rest of the applicants are his enthusiasm, vision, and people skills.
Gruden also has a formidable experience in the build. During his time in the Arena Football League, he won four Arena Bowls as a player and two more as a head coach. He was also awarded as the league?s MVP and First Team All-Arena-QB in 1992. It was in 1997 when Gruden began his coaching career for AFL. He became the head coach of the Orlando Predators in 1998. He has an overall AFL head coaching record of 93-61, including mark of 11-7 in the playoffs.? In 2002, when he returned to AFL as a player, an article in the Orlando Sentinel came out calling him as the ?Michael Jordan of Arena Football? because of late career comeback.
In 2006, he was ranked fourth on the AFL?s list of greatest players. ?In February 2011, he was hired as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinatti Bengals, and on January 2012, he signed a three-year extension with the Bengals. On the first quarter of 2013, he was interviewed by different teams for head coaching positions.
Gruden is also known for being the younger brother of ESPN football analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden. Before being hired as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins, he was the Cincinnati Bengal?s offensive coordinator for three seasons. Through his leadership and steady watch, the Bangals brought home the bacon in the AFC North in 2013.
Gruden is the sixth coach hired by Washington owner Daniel Snyder since he assumed control of the team in 1999.