Redskins hire Jay Gruden as head coach - is it a risky hire?

11:03 AM, Jan 9, 2014   |    comments
Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Washington has its new head coach, former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

After a disappointing season, filled with ineptitude and locker room controversies, the franchise made another questionable decision in hiring Gruden.

Why is it a risky hire?

Gruden has no head coaching experience, unless of course, you count his stint in the Arena Football League, in which he won two championships for the Orlando Predators.

While he has been a head coach in his career, it's not the same. The NFL is a completely different situation. More so than simply managing the schematic strategies of a team, NFL head coaches have to manage multi-millionaires with easily-bruised egos. There are a lot of additional tasks that go beyond simply crafting a weekly game-plan. That's not to mention the increased media scrutiny that can create rifts and fragment a locker room.

Gruden's track record has been mixed.

As the offensive coordinator for the Bengals, he led the team to some progress, but also couldn't complete several objectives.

Quarterback Andy Dalton's inconsistency raises doubts as to whether Gruden can be a premier developer of QBs.


That was most evident in the most-recent Cincinnati playoff disappointment, in which the Bengals were favored at home, but lost to the San Diego Chargers 27-10.

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