The Washington Redskins have their new coach.
According to multiple reports, the Redskins will announce Thursday that they have hired Jay Gruden, offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, to replace the fired Mike Shanahan as head coach.
Gruden is the younger brother of former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, now a “Monday Night Football” commentator.
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen worked with Jon Gruden in Oakland and Tampa Bay, and was with the Buccaneers when Jay was a defensive consultant there.
Jay Gruden, a former arena league quarterback, spent three seasons with the Bengals, all of which resulted in a trip to the playoffs. He oversaw the development of young stars such as quarterback Andy Dalton, receiver A.J. Green and running back Giovani Bernard.
Shanahan coached the Redskins for four seasons, reaching the playoffs once and finishing with a 24-41 record over that span. He not only clashed with Redskins owner Dan Snyder but reportedly also with second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III.