On Thursday morning, the Washington Redskins closed the book on their coaching search. The franchise announced that it had hired Jay Gruden to be the next head coach.
Gruden, who is better-known as the younger brother of Super Bowl winning coach Jon, spent the last three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator. Between 2004-10, he had stints in the Arena Football League and United Football League, and was an offensive assistant on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002-08 under Jon. He received his coaching head start in 1997 with the AFL’s Nashville Kats, and coached the Orlando Predators from 1998-2001.
But does Gruden’s coaching background foreshadow success for the Redskins? The announcement of his hiring fired up Twitter early, as the majority of people laughed at team owner Daniel Snyder’s hire. After all, this is the seventh head coach since Snyder took over the team in 1999; what’s to say it will be any different this time around?
“This coach of the Redskins, Mike, he’s a gunslinger, man. I’ll ride with this cowboy all day.”- Jon Gruden, calling the Redskins next year.
— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) January 9, 2014
Jay Gruden once un-retired from coaching to play QB for his own team, so benching RG3 for himself is TOTALLY possible.
— Spencer Hall (@edsbs) January 9, 2014
Jay Gruden’s done so much to show that “the chubby brother” can still be a success story, and for that I thank him.
— sir broosk (@celebrityhottub) January 9, 2014
Jay Gruden? *giggles*
— Andy Glockner (@AndyGlockner) January 9, 2014
Good luck to Jay Gruden as the next Redskins head coach, I hope he knows what he’s getting himself into.
— The Captain© (@MD13_Era) January 9, 2014
Hiring Jay Gruden is like going to Times Square and buying a brand new watch: a Bolex.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) January 9, 2014
— Bill McQuillen (@bmcquillen) January 9, 2014
Condolences, Jay Gruden. #KruiserFeelings
— SFK (@stephenkruiser) January 9, 2014
I can’t believe Jay Gruden is an NFL head coach before Mike Zimmer.
— JJ Zachariason (@LateRoundQB) January 9, 2014
So, really, the Redskins just traded the Shanahans and $7m+ for Jay Gruden?
— Mr. Irrelevant (@MrIrrelevantDC) January 9, 2014
Not a big fan of Jay Gruden but he should help the offense out for the Redskins
— Courtney Parker (@Cpark5791) January 9, 2014
Jay Gruden, Sean McVay. Get familiar. #Redskins
— Pam Chvotkin (@reddusfoximus) January 9, 2014
Oddly enough, the Redskins have to send Jay Gruden to the Rams as part of the RGIII deal.
— Matt Sebek (@MattSebek) January 9, 2014
Let’s hope RGIII doesn’t have that much influence over Dan Snyder because if he picked Jay Gruden then he’s an idiot too.
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) January 9, 2014
Congratulations Jay Gruden you are the winner of a long career of losing records and dealing with RG III’s father #GotHeem
— GotHeem (@BWGotheem) January 9, 2014
— WTOC Walter Ambrose (@ambrose03) January 9, 2014
Redskins sign Jay Gruden… Well, they better get comfy at the bottom of the division.
— Dennis Jong Un™ (@MattWill204) January 9, 2014
Looks like Jay Gruden is in line to be the next Redskins coach. I wish there was a way for him to bring AJ Green with him
— Neens (@nino_bottoms) January 9, 2014
So long, Jay Gruden. Have fun forcing RG3 throw 50 passes/game. If Jay gets hired, Zimmer surely does. Bengals are forced to make Zimmer HC.
— John P. Nerone (@JohnPNerone) January 9, 2014
As a RG3 owner in a Keeper league, not thrilled about the Jay Gruden hire. Not a very inspired choice by Snyder. #Redskins
— Tom Kessenich (@TomKessenich) January 9, 2014
There was some hope for Gruden, though.
I like Jay Gruden in Washington. I’m trying to figure out if he has enough weapons for his style tho.
— Chill Coldberg (@TheRealSchitty) January 9, 2014