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Redskins New Head Coach Bracket: (1) Jon Gruden vs. (16) Robert Griffin II

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We weigh the pros and cons of Jon Gruden vs RGIII's father as the next Redskins head coach.

Getty Images (left) and WJLA (right)

(1) Jon Gruden
Current Position: Monday Night Football
Specialty: Saying "This Guy"

  • Currently is 50 years old and boasts a 100-85 career record (.541)
  • Won the Super Bowl in 2003 with the team that McKay and Dungy built.
  • Played football at Muskingum College and the University of Dayton
  • Started coaching as a Graduate Assistant at University of Tennessee in 1986
  • 1990 became WR coach of the 49ers and Holmgren later brought him to the Packers with him.
  • 1995-1997 - Offensive Coordinator of the Eagles
  • 1998-2001 - Head Coach of Raiders (40-28 record)
  • 2002-2008 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach (60-57 record)
  • Gruden served under these head coaches: George Seifert, Miek Holmgren, Ray Rhodes
  • Gruden's assistants under him: Bill Callahan, Rod Marinelli, Mike Tomlin, Raheem Morris
  • His younger brother Jay is the offensive coordinator of the Bengals.
  • Back in 2009 I wrote this article, which I still stand by: 2 Concrete Reasons Jon Gruden Should Not Be the Redskins Next Head Coach (draft history the big one)
  • The Redskins have not had great success with coaches that have taken a break and returned from the NFL: Joe Gibbs, Mike Shanahan.

(16) Robert Griffin II
Current Position: Retired Army Sergeant, Father to RGIII
Specialty: Being a Good Father

  • He knows his son well enough to pull him from the Seattle game (and any future situations like that)
  • He already knows his way around the Redskins locker room.
  • Has a military background, which he can use in full force with the Special Teams Unit
  • He served in Japan, so surely he's aware of Osaka and not allowing early success to dictate the future.
  • Surely won't abandon the running game given it helps protect RGIII and opens up the passing game.
  • "I scout Robert if I see something, (because if) it becomes consistent it's a tendency, (and) I tell Robert," RG2 been honing his son's skills his whole career.
  • No longer talks to the media, which might be a problem, but a good thing.
  • QB controversy: Potentially bad situation with not being able to bench his son if he stinks...although Army Sergeants typically know how to squash emotions.
  • He is true blue collar grit everyone can relate to. He takes the Metro to work even now.

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