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

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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