The Washington Redskins have found their next head coach.
NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Thursday morning that Jay Gruden and the team have finalized a deal to make him the successor to the fired Mike Shanahan, per multiple sources familiar with the negotiations.
Gruden began hammering out the parameters of a deal Wednesday night, putting his interview with the Minnesota Vikings on hold, a source informed of the process told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.
It caps a search for the Redskins that spread a wide net from the start but settled on an offensive-minded leader. Gruden spent the past three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Bengals, helping to guide Cincinnati to three straight playoff appearances.
Long-married to the West Coast offense, he goes from working with the inconsistent Andy Dalton to young Robert Griffin III.
Rapoport also was told that Raheem Morris is being eyed as defensive coordinator while Hue Jackson is a candidate to run the offense. Morris, Washington's defensive backs coach over the past two seasons, was kept around after Shanahan's dismissal for a reason, according to Rapoport. Jim Haslett also remains on staff as a possibility to retain the role he's held since 2010.
Jackson makes plenty of sense. He worked closely with Gruden's offense in Cincinnati after a one-year stint as coach of the Oakland Raiders. One of the league's underrated playcallers, Jackson should have plenty of fun working with RGIII. - nfl.com