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Coaches

Jay Gruden
Head Coach
Age:
49
College:
Louisville
Hometown:
Tiffin, Ohio
Experience:
13

Jay Gruden enters his third season with the Washington Redskins in 2016 after being named the 29th head coach in franchise history on January 9, 2014.

Previously a decorated quarterback in the college and Arena Football League ranks and a successful NFL assistant, Gruden showcased his offensive acumen honed from his diverse football background in his first two years with the Redskins.

In 2015, Gruden led the Redskins to an NFC East Championship, posting a 9-7 record to complete the second “worst-to-first” turnaround in team history. Gruden became the sixth coach in team history to lead the Redskins to a playoff berth within the first two years at the helm, joining Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Dudley DeGroot, George Allen and Joe Gibbs.

Jay Gruden enters his third season with the Washington Redskins in 2016 after being named the 29th head coach in franchise history on January 9, 2014.

Previously a decorated quarterback in the college and Arena Football League ranks and a successful NFL assistant, Gruden showcased his offensive acumen honed from his diverse football background in his first two years with the Redskins.

In 2015, Gruden led the Redskins to an NFC East Championship, posting a 9-7 record to complete the second “worst-to-first” turnaround in team history. Gruden became the sixth coach in team history to lead the Redskins to a playoff berth within the first two years at the helm, joining Ray Flaherty, Dutch Bergman, Dudley DeGroot, George Allen and Joe Gibbs.

Under Gruden’s guidance, the 2015 Redskins featured one of the most prolific passing attacks in franchise history. Quarterback Kirk Cousins, named the starter in the middle of the preseason, set single-season team records for attempts (543), completions (379), passing yards (4,166) and 300- yard passing games (seven) while throwing 29 touchdown passes, including at least one in all 16 games. Cousins’ success coincided with the emergence of third-year tight end Jordan Reed, who finished the season with 87 receptions for 952 yards (both team records for a tight end) with 11 receiving touchdowns.

Gruden assumed control of the Redskins in 2014 and guided the team through a campaign in which three different quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt Mc- Coy) recorded victories as starters. He installed an offensive system that produced two Pro Bowlers in his first season as tackle Trent Williams and running back Alfred Morris earned repeat berths.

Excluding interim coaches, Gruden, 46 at the time of his hiring, became the team’s youngest head coaching hire since hiring eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs at 40 years of age in 1981. He became the first Redskins head coach hired directly from an offensive coordinator role on another team since Norv Turner in 1994.

Before joining the Redskins, Gruden spent his previous three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. In his tenure in Cincinnati, the Bengals averaged 10 wins a season, making three consecutive playoff appearances and earning an AFC North championship in 2013. Members of the Bengals’ offense accounted for seven Pro Bowl selections in his three seasons in Cincinnati.

Gruden was tasked with the development of quarterback Andy Dalton, a 2011 second-round pick. In three seasons together, Gruden helped Dalton to a 30-18 regular season record as a starter (.625), as Dalton’s 30 wins in that time frame ranked tied for fifth-most among NFL quarterbacks. Dalton’s 80 passing touchdowns rank third-most in NFL history for a quarterback in his first three seasons, trailing only Dan Marino (98) and Peyton Manning (85).

Prior to joining the Bengals, Gruden served two years with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League from 2009-10. In 2009, Gruden served as offensive coordinator as the Tuskers compiled a 6-0 regular season record and earned a UFL championship game berth. In 2010, he assumed the roles of head coach and general manager and led the Tuskers to their second consecutive championship game appearance.

Gruden coached for seven seasons (2002-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning a Super Bowl championship ring as an offensive assistant in 2002. There he worked under his brother, Jon (then the Bucs’ head coach), and current Redskins President Bruce Allen (the Bucs’ general manager from 2004-08). Gruden helped guide the Buccaneers to the team’s first league championship, a 48-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Gruden also ranks among the most outstanding players and coaches in the history of the Arena Football League, having won six combined league championships – four as a quarterback and two as a head coach. Gruden played quarterback (2002-03) and served as head coach (2004-08) of the AFL’s Orlando Predators while simultaneously working as an offensive assistant with the Buccaneers. In all, Gruden served as head coach of the Predators for nine seasons (1998-2001 and 2004-08), leading the Predators to four championship game appearances and two league titles as a coach. During a two-year hiatus from coaching the Predators in 2002-03, he returned to the playing field as Orlando’s quarterback, leading the Predators to playoff appearances in both seasons.

In his eight seasons as a player in the AFL, Gruden completed 1,673-of-2,775 passes (60.3 percent) for 21,578 yards with 398 touchdowns and 99 interceptions. In addition to his time with Orlando, he spent six seasons (1991-96) at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm, winning four AFL titles and being named MVP of ArenaBowl VII in 1993. He was also named the 1992 AFL Most Valuable Player and was honored with induction into the AFL Hall of Fame in 1999.

Gruden played quarterback for four seasons for former Redskins draft pick Howard Schnellenberger at the University of Louisville (1985-88) and was a two-time team MVP.

Gruden was born March 4, 1967, in Tiffin, Ohio. He and his wife, Sherry, have three sons — J.J., Joey and Jack — and a grandson, Trey.

GRUDEN FOOTBALL TIMELINE

1985-88:             Quarterback, University of Louisville
1989:                  Student Assistant, University of Louisville
1990:                  Quarterback, Barcelona Dragons and Sacramento Surge (WLAF)
1990-91:             Graduate Assistant, University of Louisville
1991-96:             Quarterback, Tampa Bay Storm (AFL)
1997:                  Offensive Coordinator, Nashville Kats (AFL)
1998-2001:          Head Coach, Orlando Predators (AFL)
2002-08*:            Offensive Assistant, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2002-03*:            Quarterback, Orlando Predators
2004-08*:            Head Coach, Orlando Predators
2009:                  Offensive Coordinator, Florida Tuskers (UFL)
2010:                  Head Coach, Florida Tuskers
2011-13:             Offensive Coordinator, Cincinnati Bengals
2014:                  Head Coach, Washington Redskins

*Held jobs concurrently

 

Jay Gruden is entering his second season with the Washington Redskins in 2015 after being named the 29th head coach in franchise history on January 9, 2014.

Previously a decorated quarterback in the college and Arena Football League ranks and a successful NFL assistant, Gruden assumed control of the Redskins in 2014 and guided the team through a campaign in which three different quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Colt McCoy) recorded victories as starters. He installed an offensive system that helped the Redskins to team records in completions (364) and completion percentage (66.5) and helped produce two Pro Bowlers in his first season, earning repeat berths for tackle Trent Williams and running back Alfred Morris.

Excluding interim coaches, Gruden, 46 at the time of his hiring, became the team’s youngest head coaching hire since hiring eventual Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs at 40 years of age in 1981. He became the first Redskins coach hired directly from an offensive coordinator role on another team since Norv Turner in 1994.

Before joining the Redskins, Gruden spent his previous three seasons as offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. In his tenure in Cincinnati, the Bengals averaged 10 wins a season, making three consecutive playoff appearances and earning an AFC North championship in 2013. Members of the Bengals’ offense accounted for seven Pro Bowl selections in his three seasons in Cincinnati.

Gruden was tasked with the development of quarterback Andy Dalton, a 2011 second-round pick. In three seasons together, Gruden helped Dalton to a 30-18 regular season record as a starter (.625), as Dalton’s 30 wins in that time frame ranked tied for fifth-most among NFL quarterbacks. Dalton’s 80 passing touchdowns rank third-most in NFL history for a quarterback in his first three seasons, trailing only Dan Marino (98) and Peyton Manning (85).

Prior to joining the Bengals, Gruden served two years with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League from 2009-10. In 2009, Gruden served as offensive coordinator as the Tuskers compiled a 6-0 regular season record and earned a UFL championship game berth. In 2010, he assumed the roles of head coach and general manager and led the Tuskers to their second consecutive championship game appearance.

Gruden coached for seven seasons (2002-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, earning a Super Bowl championship ring as an offensive assistant in 2002. There he worked under his brother, Jon, then the Bucs’ head coach, and current Redskins President Bruce Allen, the Bucs’ general manager from 2004-08. Gruden helped guide the Buccaneers to the team’s first league championship, a 48-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Gruden also ranks among the most outstanding players and coaches in the history of the Arena Football League, having won six combined league championships – four as a quarterback and two as a head coach. Gruden played quarterback (2002-03) and served as head coach (2004-08) of the AFL’s Orlando Predators, all while simultaneously working as an offensive assistant with the Buccaneers. In all, Gruden served as head coach of the Predators for nine seasons (1998-2001 and 2004-08), leading the Predators to four championship game appearances and two league titles as a coach. During a two-year hiatus from coaching the Predators in 2002-03, he returned to the playing field as Orlando’s quarterback, leading the Predators to playoff appearances in both seasons.

In his eight seasons as a player in the AFL, Gruden completed 1,673-of-2,775 passes (60.3 percent) for 21,578 yards with 398 touchdowns and 99 interceptions. In addition to his time with Orlando, he spent six seasons (1991-96) at quarterback for the Tampa Bay Storm, winning four AFL titles and being named MVP of ArenaBowl VII in 1993. He was also named the 1992 AFL Most Valuable Player and was honored with induction into the AFL Hall of Fame in 1999.

Gruden played quarterback for four seasons for former Redskins draft pick Howard Schnellenberger at the University of Louisville (1985-88) and was a two-time team MVP.

Gruden was born March 4, 1967 in Tiffin, Ohio. He and his wife, Sherry, have three sons — J.J., Joey and Jack.

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