Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Redskins name Jay Gruden coach; Bucs name assistants

WASHINGTON — Jay Gruden was introduced Thursday as Redskins coach, saying he doesn't care about the team's tumultuous past and he has built a "genuine" trust with franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The younger brother of former Bucs coach Jon Gruden signed a five-year deal Wednesday night as the successor to Mike Shanahan, who was fired after a 3-13 season. Jay Gruden, 46, was a Bucs assistant from 2002-08 and a Storm quarterback from 1991-96. The Chamberlain High graduate just finished his third season as Bengals offensive coordinator.

Cincinnati on Thursday promoted running backs coach Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator.

Gruden, in his first NFL head coaching job, intends to call the plays and is undecided whether to keep any Shanahan assistants. He has previous relationships with GM Bruce Allen (former Bucs GM), defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris (former Bucs coach) and tight ends coach Sean McVay (Bucs assistant in 2008).

Gruden praised Griffin's talent but added: "He's got to understand that I expect a lot from the starting quarterback. … I expect him to take the blame on some throws."

He said he didn't know what happened with Washington's 2013 season, but "I know that interviewing with (owner) Dan Snyder and (Allen) and everybody here that the passion for excellence is there. They're going to provide me with every avenue to win."

Griffin limited his comments to a post on Facebook: "Excited about the hiring of Coach Jay Gruden. Can't wait to get to work with him & the guys!"

Bucs add assistants

TAMPA -- The Bucs announced the addition of 11 assistants to Lovie Smith's coaching staff, joining coordinators Jeff Tedford and Leslie Frazier in filling most of his initial staff.

The group includes seven position coaches: former Bucs linebacker Hardy Nickerson for linebackers; former Tedford assistant Marcus Arroyo for QBs; former Bears assistants Kevin O'Dea (special teams), Tim Spencer (running backs) and Andrew Hayes-Stoker (receivers); and former Lions assistant Joe Cullen (defensive line).

Smith's oldest son, Mikal, is the safeties coach. He was on his father's Bears staff from 2010-12, the last year as nickelbacks coach, and served in that role with the Cowboys this season.

Larry Marmie, 71, who coached Lovie Smith at Tulsa and hired him as an assistant at Arizona State and Tennessee, is the senior defensive assistant. He spent six years as an NFL defensive coordinator: Arizona from 2000-03 and St. Louis (following Smith) in 2004-05.

The team also added strength coach Dave Kennedy from Texas A&M and offensive assistants Ben Steele and Matt Wiegand, who were on Tedford's Cal staff.

More Bucs: The general manager search added one name and dropped another. Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard, one of four reported candidates the Bucs had requested permission to interview, said he was staying with Kansas City. Joining the mix is former Notre Dame and Chiefs receiver Lake Dawson, now a Titans vice president. … Backup running back Michael Hill was arrested in St. Joseph, Mo., on two counts of disorderly conduct after a disturbance at a bar. Hill, 24, was released on $500 bond. The team said it's collecting information.

Panthers' Smith ailing: Carolina receiver Steve Smith said his injured left knee isn't coming along quite as well as he had hoped. He practiced for the second straight day on a limited basis but said "I'll have to see'' when asked about playing Sunday against the 49ers.

Harvin set for Seahawks: Receiver Percy Harvin will play Saturday for Seattle with no limitations against the Saints. Harvin, a spectator for most of the regular season because of injuries, might also return kicks. "I'm just glad to be out there helping my team win right now. The playoffs, that's what we all dream about, to have homefield advantage, to have all the things the team has put in place. It would be hard for me to try to not be out there," the former Gator said.

Dolphins: The Browns reportedly gave Miami permission to interview assistant GM Ray Farmer for its GM opening.

Giants: Running back David Wilson is scheduled for neck surgery Jan. 16. His football future is uncertain.

Jets: Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., a former Buc, was charged with possession of synthetic marijuana in East Hanover, N.J. He appeared in court Wednesday.

Texans: Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel was named linebacker coach.

Titans: Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer interviewed for the coaching job.

Pro Bowl: Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery is headed to his first Pro Bowl, replacing injured Lions star Calvin Johnson.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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