In the wake of the news, know this: Jay Gruden was brought in Thursday as much to coach up the Redskins’ franchise quarterback as he was to lead the franchise itself.
No matter what kind of propoganda comes out of Washington, a city where spin-doctoring is an art form, this hiring is not about Gruden being the best man for the franchise.
No, it’s about Gruden being the best man, in the minds of owner Daniel Snyder and GM Bruce Allen, to get the most out of Robert Griffin III.
The Washington organization gave up a king’s ransom to draft the young QB second overall in 2012, handing over a cache of selections to the St. Louis Rams that ended up being the 2nd overall pick in 2014; the 6th overall pick in 2012; the 22nd overall pick in 2013; and the 39th overall pick in 2012.
The Redskins have invested their entire future in RGIII. The fact that recently fired coach Mike Shanahan and his son, ex-offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, botched his development, is a chapter management wants to put behind it.
Aside from being the brother of outspoken Monday Night Football analyst and former Super Bowl winning coach Jon Gruden, Jay has been the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals for the past three seasons, helping lead the team to the post-season a franchise-record three consecutive times.
Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Cinci’s rise was the fact that Gruden helped pull off the feat while tutoring raw quarterback Andy Dalton. As for the Bengals’ 0-3 post-season record in that time, blame that on Dalton’s bungling of the plays Gruden has called.