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Jaguars hire Jay Gruden as OC

Field Level Media
23 Jan 2020, 03:05 GMT+10

Former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has accepted the offensive coordinator position with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The team announced his hiring on Wednesday.

"We were trying to find someone who's best for this staff, who's best for what you want to run, then you're looking for what person's best for your players -- who's going to relate to the players, who's going to be able to communicate with them," Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said, per the team website. "At the end of the day, we just felt that Jay was the best fit for us."

Two other former NFL head coaches -- Ben McAdoo and Scott Linehan -- also interviewed for the job.

Gruden, 52, becomes Jacksonville's third offensive coordinator since 2018. The team and John DeFilippo parted ways earlier this month; DeFilippo since has been hired as quarterbacks coach of the Chicago Bears.

The Redskins fired Gruden in October when the team was 0-5, almost a third of the way into his sixth season as head coach. He previously served as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011-13.

Gruden compiled a 35-49-1 record with the Redskins. Entering the 2019 season, the Redskins had won at least seven games in four straight years, including a 9-7 mark in 2015 that saw Washington reach the playoffs.

The Jaguars were 6-10 and finished 26th in scoring and 20th in total offense in 2019, although DeFilippo generally was praised for his work developing rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II following Nick Foles' injury in the season opener.

--Field Level Media

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