Reports: Washington Redskins Will Name Jay Gruden Head Coach

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It is now being reported that the Washington Redskins have hired Jay Gruden to be their new head coach. Gruden  has heen a hot name around the coaching ranks after turning around what was a bad offense in Cincinnati with the Bengals. Cincinnati’s offense ranked 22nd in the NFL in scoring in 2010, the year before Gruden took over as its offensive coordinator. In his three years leading that unit, the Bengals have improved each season, ranking 18th in 2011 and  sixth this past regular season  in scoring offense.

There have, however, been questions raised about Gruden’s ability to successfully call a game. While no one questions his offensive mind, it seemed like he failed utilizing the talent that Cincinnati had on the offensive side of the ball throughout the 2013 regular season. This is magnified by the fact that rookie second-round pick Giovani Bernard touched the ball an average of 14 times per game despite averaging 5.4 yards per touch. Meanwhile, BenJarvus Green-Ellis touched the ball more than Bernard despite averaging just 3.5 yards per touch.

And then you have quarterback Andy Dalton, who regressed this past season under the leadership of Gruden. The third-year quarterback turned the ball over seven times in his final two starts, including the postseason.

Both of these things have to be worrisome for those in Washington who hope Gruden can help turnaround the performance of one Robert Griffin III, the primary reason he was brought on to be the Redskins new head coach. Mike Shanahan was relieved of his duties in Washington following a disastrous 4-12 campaign that saw a divide between himself and owner Daniel Snyder as well as RGIII.

Reports on the hiring of Gruden come courtesy Adam Schefter over at ESPN, via Twitter.