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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Jay Gruden will be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gruden, brother of Jon, will become the Redskins' eighth coach in 14 years. He comes to Washington from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was the offensive coordinator.
Gruden has never been a head coach in the NFL, which is really perfect for an organization that has been under the supreme control of its owner for the past 15 years. He is inheriting a team rife with controversy starting with the unorthodox relationship of owner Dan Snyder and Robert Griffin III, who the Washington media has begun to call the "emperor."
Gruden had plenty of success in Cincinnati where the Bengals were the 10th-ranked offense in total yards in 2013. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for over 3,000 yards in all three seasons he spent under Gruden's tutelage, though the team and Dalton both floundered in three consecutive trips to the playoffs.
Now, the new Redskins coach will be expected to salvage a wildly inconsistent Griffin, who was benched for the final three games of 2013 after a rather abysmal follow up performance to his record-breaking rookie year. Compounding Griffin's performance has been the rumors circulating about his relationship with Snyder off it.
Could Gruden be a good fit for Washington? Sure, why not? He certainly could be. But the toxicity that exists in the organization will make it near-impossible for the first-time coach to cultivate a winning environment. There are simply too many problems for a single hire to make any difference. And even if Gruden does begin to bring about positive change, he likely won't be around long enough to sustain it. No coach has lasted four years in his job since Snyder purchased the team in 1999.
Until Snyder is content to just be the owner, devoid of any personnel hiring power or GM influence, the job of Redskins' head coach is a farce. Washington is a broken, dysfunctional franchise.
Gruden isn't going to fix it.
No one is.