The season may be over for the Redskins, but they’re already preparing for next year. After the firing of Mike Shanahan, they officially hired Jay Gruden and he is ready to do everything he can to make next season a successful one.
The Washington Redskins are making moves. On Jan. 9, the team officially hired Jay Gruden, the former offensive coordinator of the Cincinatti Bengals, as their new head coach — and they can’t wait to see him begin working with Robert Griffin III.
Jay Gruden Named Washington Redskins Coach
Jay, 46, knows a thing or two about football. His brother is the former coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders and the current ESPN analyst. However, it’s Jay’s turn to try for a Superbowl ring — with the Redskins, who finished with a record of 3-13 last season under Mike Shanahan.
“I don’t know what happened last year and I don’t care,” Jay said a press conference on Jan. 9. He is the sixth coach of the team in 15 years. “I want a sense of confidence and a sense of pride, the sooner the better, and then we’ll have a chance to succeed.”
One thing that he has to care about from last season was RGIII, who struggled in his second year.
“I expect him to take the blame on some throws, to be a great leader,” Jay added. ”I see toughness. I see a guy that wants to win and I see a strong leader. I see every trait a quarterback has to have to be successful. Why wouldn’t you want to coach a guy like that? I’m excited to coach him. Hopefully he’s excited to play here.”
RGIII is excited about the changes, too according to Twitter:
Excited about the hiring of Coach Jay Gruden. Can’t wait to get to work with him & the guys!
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 9, 2014
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- Emily Longeretta