According to the Washington Post, the Washington Redskins will interview Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden for their vacant coaching position on Wednesday. Gruden is rumored, around league circles, to be the leading candidate at this point…which means that an announcement of his hire, if he’s hired, could come Wednesday or later in the week.
Many are connecting the dots…and when they’re connected it does seem logical to think that he’ll get the job. Gruden has ties to some in the Redskins organization already. He worked with Redskins GM (or whatever the title is these days) Bruce Allen and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris in Tampa Bay. Gruden also worked with Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, and tight ends coach Sean McVay in the United Football League.
Coincidentally Haslett, McVay, and Morris were kept on the payroll after Mike Shanahan and most of the other coaches were fired, Bruce Allen said that the next head coach will decide their fates. It’s pretty obvious why some are connecting those dots and saying that Gruden will be the guy.
Gruden met with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday and is scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday. So the Skins may need to move fast if he is their man. While Gruden is the frontrunner to some people…this is the Washington Redskins we’re talking about and anyone who has followed this team over the years knows to expect the unexpected, we always have to keep that in mind.
We’ll see how this broad coaching search plays out…but one things for sure…it’s going to continue to be an interesting ride, enjoy it.