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Redskins Next Head Coach Bracket: (1) Jay Gruden vs. (2) Greg Roman

The Washington Redskins Next Head Coach Tournament (ELITE EIGHT)

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(1) Jay Gruden
Current Position: Offensive Coordinator for Cincinnati Bengals
Specialty: Offense

  • Brother of Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden. His father (Jim), a former long-time college and NFL assistant coach, is a retired regional scout for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Began coaching career as Offensive Coordinator for the Nashville Kats in 1997
  • In 1998, he became the Head Coach of the Orlando Predators. He won Arena Bowl titles in 1998 and 2000
  • His career record in AFL is 93-61 (11-7 in the playoffs)
  • From 2002-2008, Jay worked as an Offensive Assistant on his brother Jon's staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They won Super Bowl XXXVII. He left when Jon Gruden was fired after the 2008 season
  • Was hired to be Jim Haslett's Offensive Coordinator for the Florida Tuskers in the UFL in 2009
  • In 2010, Gruden was named Head Coach of the Tuskers when Jim Haslett left to join Mike Shanahan's coaching staff for the Washington Redskins
  • In 2011, Jay was hired as the Offensive Coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. He was tasked with developing Andy Dalton
  • In 2012, Gruden was asked to interview for Head Coach positions with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and St. Louis Rams. Instead, he signed a 3-year extension with the Bengals
  • In 2013, Jay interviewed for Head Coach jobs with the Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles, and San Diego Chargers
  • Jay's offensive philosophies come from his own personal success as a quarterback. He played at Louisville and is still top-5 in Cardinals history in passing yards, attempts, completions and touchdowns. Gruden's success continued in the AFL. Not only did he win 2 Arena Bowls as a Head Coach, but he won 4 Arena Bowls as a quarterback. In 1992, he was the League MVP. He is in the AFL Hall of Fame and is currently #4 on their top 20 players of all time.

(2) Greg Roman
Current Position: Offensive Coordinator for San Francisco 49ers
Specialty: Offense

  • Greg started his coaching career as an Offensive Line Assistant for the Carolina Panthers (1995-2001)
  • From 2002-2005, Roman worked as a Tight Ends and Quarterback Coach for the Houston Texans
  • In '06 and '07, Roman worked as an Offensive Line Assistant for the Baltimore Ravens
  • In 2008, Roman got his first job as an Offensive Coordinator for Holy Spirit High School
  • Jim Harbaugh hired Greg Roman to work on the offensive staff with David Shaw and himself from 2009-2010. Roman and staff worked together to develop Andrew Luck, one of the top quarterback prospects to come out of college football
  • In 2011, Roman was hired as the Offensive Coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Roman is the first Offensive Coordinator to to complete consecutive seasons for the 49ers since Gregg Knapp in 2002 and 2003.
  • Roman has been tasked with developing Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick during his time with the 49ers
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