The Redskins have hired Jay Gruden as their new Head Coach.
The Washington Redskins have hired Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator Jay Gruden, brother of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden, as their new Head Coach.
Gruden will replace Mike Shanahan who was fired after Washington went just 3-13 this season.
The team also shut down second-year Franchise Quarterback Robert Griffin III for the remainder of the season after a disappointing 3-10 start.
As surprising as this may sound, the future is bright for RG3 and co. If Gruden can minimize Griffin's read-option runs, and get backs Alfred Morris and Roy Helu to buy into the power run scheme, coupled with superstar wideout Pierre Garćon and potential-bearing tight end Jordan Reed, the Redskins have playoff aspirations.
That is, if Gruden can bring in a Defensive Coordinator that knows the game of Football and has coaching experience to help improve last years league-worst defense.
While I don't think they have the pieces to make it back to the playoffs next year, I do believe they'll be back in the postseason picture in a few years.
In other coaching news:
The Buccaneers have hired Lovie Smith as their new Head Coach and the Texans have hired Brian Kelly as their new Head Coach.