Redskins to hire Tampa native Jay Gruden as coach
Jay Gruden, a Tampa native who quarterbacked the Tampa Bay Storm to four Arena Bowl titles and later coached on his brother Jon's Bucs staff, will be announced today as the next head coach of the Washington Redskins, according to multiple reports.
Jay Gruden, 46, spent the last three seasons as the Bengals' offensive coordinator. He'll face his hometown team as a rookie head coach as the Bucs will play at the Redskins this fall.
Jay Gruden's Tampa ties are deep -- born in Tampa in 1967, graduated from Tampa's Chamberlain High, and quarterbacked the Storm to four Arena titles in his six seasons there from 1991-96. He won another Arena title in 1998 as first-year coach of the Orlando Predators, beating the Storm in Tampa for the championship. He also was an offensive assistant on Jon's staff when the Bucs won a Super Bowl after the 2002 season.
He's the third NFL head coach hired this offseason, following the Texans' Bill O'Brien and the Bucs' Lovie Smith. Smith has already hired eight assistant coaches according to various reports, so he won't have to compete much with Gruden for top candidates for assistant positions.