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Tug-of-war could be emerging for Jay Gruden

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What’s the best way to get people to forget about Jay Gruden’s misplaced faith in Andy Dalton and/or his inability to get the most out of him?  By tapping into the time-honored mentality of scarcity.

Who cares if the younger brother of Jon Gruden isn’t the best candidate to be the head coach in Washington, Tennessee, Minnesota, or Detroit?  His name is Gruden, and other teams want him.  So let’s hire him!

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Redskins are very interested in Jay Gruden.  Which could be causing other teams to become very interested in him, too.

I think he’s their first choice,” an unnamed source told Maske regarding the Redskins.  The source also said that Jay Gruden prefers the Tennessee job, but that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder could make Jay Gruden a financial offer that he can’t refuse.

While it’s bad form to speculate on sources (as if that’s ever stopped me), it’s impossible not to at least wonder whether noted puppet master Bob LaMonte is leaking information that reflects knowledge of the perceived preferences of Washington and Gruden.  We’ve consistently heard chatter in league circles that, of all his coaching clients, LaMonte’s top priority for the current hiring cycle is to place Jay Gruden in a head-coaching job.

And if LaMonte can drive up the market for entry-level coaches while doing so, that’s a bonus.

That said, it’s no surprise that Jay Gruden would be inclined to avoid a potentially destructive situation in D.C., given the reported attitude of the quarterback and the accepted reputation of the owner.  And it’s no surprise that Snyder may have to pay a premium in order to lure a candidate who has options elsewhere.

Regardless, there’s only one Jay Gruden available on the shelves.  If billionaires used to getting their way sense a race to the mutually-perceived prize, he may not be there for long.

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  1. kingpel says: Jan 8, 2014 2:13 PM

    I’d like to see Jay Gruden end up in Detroit. He will have Megatron to help him look good, much like AJ Green did in Cincinnati.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    At least Washington is interviewing everybody, so they should be able to identify at least one person that can get this job done. Who cares what the person name is, get to work and find the new RG3 guy already!

  3. summitmech says: Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM

    So when is JON gonna go back to being a head coach? That’s who I want in Minnesota!

  4. coltzfan166 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:16 PM

    I don’t get why he’s such an attractive option. In my opinion, Cincy should fire him and promote Hue Jackson.

  5. tigersfandan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:17 PM

    Why does Jay Gruden get more interest than Greg Roman? As a Lions fan, I would much rather have Roman.

  6. pillowporkers says: Jan 8, 2014 2:18 PM

    Give me Zimmer. I’d rather have him. Jay is a good coach, but I think Zimmer is what the Vikings need. I guy that doesn’t just stand there and look like he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

  7. jgedgar70 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:19 PM

    This Panthers fan thinks this is good, as it would mean we keep Sean McDermott as DC for another year. Our D is going to set all kinds of records next year if we can get some depth in the secondary. Go ahead, Jay, take the Redskins job!

  8. fatguystrangler says: Jan 8, 2014 2:20 PM

    Not sure all the hubbub around Jay Gruden. Seems overrated, but I guess demand outweighs supply in this coaching cycle.

  9. billbraskyisasonofabitch says: Jan 8, 2014 2:20 PM

    summitmech says:
    Jan 8, 2014 2:14 PM
    So when is JON gonna go back to being a head coach?
    ————————————————
    Never, he’s too smart.

  10. gregoryw1965 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:22 PM

    I thought Bruce Allen was seeking a coach with high character and a leader of men.

    Jay Gruden, DUI conviction in 2005,

    I do not think he will pass the background check

  11. cajunaise says: Jan 8, 2014 2:23 PM

    “Brother of Chucky” wasn’t very good. Not enough Jennifer Tilly.

  12. oldschoolomen says: Jan 8, 2014 2:23 PM

    PFT is really dropping the hammer down on Dalton, and I don’t really understand it. I’m not a blind Dalton supporter, and he certainly hasn’t done much to quiet critics, but this bashing is just lazy.

    A huge knock on Dalton is his arm strenth and deep ball accuracy. So Jay Gruden game plans to have Dalton chuck it 51 times Sunday and to throw deep to WRs not named AJ Green. The Bengals draft Eifert and Bernard- who are both going to be players- and Gruden uses Eifert sparingly and doesn’t utilize Bernard properly.

    The Chargers beat the Bengals using the game plan the Bengals should have used (and did in the first half) to win. If Dalton is as terrible as PFT thinks he is, a responsible OC would gameplan to his strenths. Gruden highlights Dalton’s limitations. So I’ll be glad when Gruden’s ruining the skins.

  13. 21stnprime says: Jan 8, 2014 2:24 PM

    he seems too much of a nice guy and isnt the type A personality that Washington needs. RG3 will walk all over him

  14. FlashPatterson says: Jan 8, 2014 2:26 PM

    What’s the best way to get people to forget about Jay Gruden’s misplaced faith in Andy Dalton and/or his inability to get the most out of him?
    ————————————————–
    Did I miss something this year? Andy Dalton has played out of his freaking mind. No he’s not Peyton Manning, but who expects him to be? Since when is 4000 yards and 33 TDs a failed season. If anything he’s gotten more out of Dalton than anyone expected. If you disagree I’d love to hear good reasons why.

  15. surfinbird1 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:26 PM

    Cincy fans should be happy if someone takes him. In fact make it a package deal with Marvin.

  16. evilglazers666 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:26 PM

    There are four teams you should never coach or work for. Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys. Run from Snyder!

  17. pcarnette says: Jan 8, 2014 2:28 PM

    I’m not buying Gruden’s Tennessee over Washington preference for a second. It sounds like the exact sort of thing an agent would leak to cause Synder to get anxious and delve deeper into his pockets. Besides, as an offensive coordinator, Tennessee has no franchise QB.

  18. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Jan 8, 2014 2:28 PM

    I don’t understand why you keep pushing this idea that Jay Gruden is unworthy of a head coaching job because Andy Dalton sucked in the playoffs. People wanted Gruden last year too. Would Marvin Lewis similarly be unworthy of another head coaching job because Andy Dalton sucked in the playoffs?

  19. warnocker says: Jan 8, 2014 2:28 PM

    If you look at the top 6 scoring offenses Jay Gruden is the only one who longer than a year on his resume’ as coordinator. Why would skins and vikes hire another D-coordinator? saying a team is only interested in his last name is ridiculous

  20. cuda1234 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:28 PM

    Jay Gruden is a hall-of-fame player and coach in the Arena League. Plus he just helped the Cincy Freakin Bengals to the playoffs three straight years. What’s not to like?

  21. realfootballfan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:29 PM

    That would be an awful fit with Griffin. Imo, Griffin needs to be in a vertical offense because he throws a terrific deep pass. Hey, but no one ever accused Daniel Snyder of being smart.

  22. athwartships says: Jan 8, 2014 2:29 PM

    I’ll say it again, and probably not for the last time, Washington needs to hire a coach with a background in defense.

  23. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 8, 2014 2:31 PM

    It’s simple, the Redskins take what they want. If the Redskins don’t want him, he’ll go to the consolation prize, ie the other cities.

  24. bennyb82 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:32 PM

    Hmm the mud is sounding pretty good…

  25. bengalsucker says: Jan 8, 2014 2:32 PM

    Mike Brown has only fired one coach while under contract. Shula….and he was baaaaad. But Shula got an extension first and was then fired. That tells you something about Brown. He extended Shula. Ugh. So the only way for Cincinnati to upgrade at OC is if someone hires Jay and we put Hue in as OC. Otherwise, Jay will stay because Mike Brown HATES paying for a coach to sit at home while paying another coach to do the work.

  26. quizguy66 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:33 PM

    As a Bengals fan, I wish Gruden success as a head coach. Gives him a boost and solves a staffing problem for the Bengals. Win-win.

  27. jamaltimore says: Jan 8, 2014 2:36 PM

    Redskins Strike Again: they had college coaches, retread coaches, former coaches, coordinators who don’t know the team colors and now they can add ARENA FOOTBALL coaches to the list. The old Snyder making him an offer he can’t refuse is always followed in about 6 months with Failure!

    After this Next stop high school or DC Diva’s former HC!!

  28. gambletowinbig says: Jan 8, 2014 2:36 PM

    He’ll be fired in 3 years…Pass

  29. fair2bfare says: Jan 8, 2014 2:36 PM

    Oh so is your referring to the reports of RGIII being divisive in the locker room but yet he’s voted team captain twice and voted by his teammates for the Ed Block courage award? Oh and as reported he’d be apart of interviewing process but he happens to be in Hawaii. Ok we got it your info is accurate. Keep up the good work.

  30. skinsrock says: Jan 8, 2014 2:38 PM

    If he doesn’t want to be the Redskins next coach & become the legend that turned a once great football team around… He should just go coach the Titans where the press will feed him cupcake questions from their 5 reporters & he will be just another guy. If you want to be THE MAN, A Savior, A GOD (ok maybe pushing it)… Come to DC & win a championship for this fan base that is top 5 in the league & you will never pay for a meal again.. You’ll get the Namath treatment from here until the end.

  31. hendawg21 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:38 PM

    Ah horse crap…between sources, the media and agents there’s not much credibility. I mean let’s be real for someone who has no real track record why this love fest??? I say go after the best defensive coordinator and while doing the interview pick his brain as to who he has in mind for his OC and if he has a legit candidate that has a history of getting the most from his QB then that should be your prime candidate, this teams problem wasn’t necessarily offense it was it’s poor defense and pitful special teams…

  32. twilson962 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:40 PM

    Hue Jackson is an idiot. I watched him push to keep useless, lost, inept, (former TE) Orson Charles instead of John Connor. He’s a dope.

  33. gojags says: Jan 8, 2014 2:42 PM

    I want Gruden to coach in AFC south. Cincy fans should be thrilled if some team hire him.

    I think it looks like the same scenario my team had, Atl falcons wanted to get rid of Mularkey and Gene Smith hired him. Falcons fans were excited on the hire.

  34. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:42 PM

    When you hear the name “Gruden” what do you think of ?

    of course you think of “Jon” when you hear the name “Gruden”.. what does that tell you?

    That Jay will get a head coaching job in the NFL, in part helped by his brother’s success and in part it helps that his brother is not going to take an NFL head coaching job himself, so NFL teams hope Jon’s brother is the next best thing!
    Think about it!…

    Jay Gruden from Arena Football Quarterback to Arena Football Head Coach to NFL offensive coordinator to NFL head coach.. who woulda thought? ha ha The new pipeline for coaches? The AFL ! Jay will be an NFL head coach, the question is which team is going to take the chance?

  35. realdealsteel says: Jan 8, 2014 2:42 PM

    I’ll take Hue Jackson over Jay Gruden as an OC easily.

    Neither should ever be a coach.

  36. twilson962 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:43 PM

    However!!!! I am not sold on Jay. He’s banking on his last name. I’d rather the Skins get Zimmer…

  37. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 8, 2014 2:44 PM

    He passed on Kaepernick for Dalton…had to have him but hasn’t been able to coach him to the next level in three years. I say goodbye!

  38. robigd says: Jan 8, 2014 2:44 PM

    I wish the tug-of-war for Jay Gruden was between Houston and Tennessee.

    Signed,

    Jag fans.

  39. vusnu says: Jan 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    Hire him Dan, hire him!!! Let the circus in D.C. continue!!

  40. purpleguy says: Jan 8, 2014 2:46 PM

    I think I gauge the excitement level most Vikings fans have for this guy as follows: yawn.

  41. chc4 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:48 PM

    So wait, there was an opinion posted a few days back recommending Mike Shula be looked at for a head job. But then you say Gruden isn’t the best candidate for open jobs. Are you aware of Mike Shula’s resume beyond the 2013 season?

  42. redskinfansince82 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    Haven’t we learned our lesson about coaches (Shanangins) who don’t want to really be here to begin with. If Snyder hires this guys he really is a nimwit.

  43. kev86 says: Jan 8, 2014 2:49 PM

    Jay Gruden is the best the Skins can do? Too funny.

  44. metitometin says: Jan 8, 2014 2:51 PM

    Daniel Snyder always loves to go after the ‘hot name’coach and will gladly overpay Gruden many millions to give him the opportunity to coach that diva RG3.

  45. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2014 2:55 PM

    People don’t like Jay because of Andy Dalton. They don’t like Jay because he thought and still to this day defends the Andy Dalton pick. That is just very unsettling. How do you give that guy an important football job? It’s insane, unless you accept his argument about why Andy Dalton was such a good prospect or his excuses as to why the Offense didn’t play as well as it needed to play.

    Washington needs a guy that has real scouting talent, and Bruce Allen says his people are awesome at scouting. So if they think highly of Jay Gruden’s scouting ability, what does that say about their own? If that’s the case then at least Washington will be on the same page with the new HC since he thinks just like them, but I thought they were on the same page with Shanahan too. Until the losing became repetitive. Is this a repeat of that same transition period, what’s going to be different?

  46. tvjules says: Jan 8, 2014 2:56 PM

    You can’t be serious!?!

  47. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 8, 2014 2:57 PM

    People don’t like Jay NOT because of Andy Dalton. They don’t like Jay because he thought and still to this day defends the Andy Dalton pick. That is just very unsettling. How do you give that guy an important football job? It’s insane, unless you accept his argument about why Andy Dalton was such a good prospect or his excuses as to why the Offense didn’t play as well as it needed to play.

    Washington needs a guy that has real scouting talent, and Bruce Allen says his people are awesome at scouting. So if they think highly of Jay Gruden’s scouting ability, what does that say about their own? If that’s the case then at least Washington will be on the same page with the new HC since he thinks just like them, but I thought they were on the same page with Shanahan too. Until the losing became repetitive. Is this a repeat of that same transition period, what’s going to be different?

  48. titanmanic says: Jan 8, 2014 3:00 PM

    pcarnette

    So the redskins have a franchise questions and titans dont? I hate to tell ya that Griffin had 1 fluke season and got benched at the end of the year. Tennessee has a lot more talent that Washington, they won 7 games with Ryan Fitzpatrick. I hope Tennessee doesn’t get him but gets Zimmerman or someone of that caliber

  49. bengalsucker says: Jan 8, 2014 3:01 PM

    twilson962 says:
    Jan 8, 2014 2:40 PM
    Hue Jackson is an idiot. I watched him push to keep useless, lost, inept, (former TE) Orson Charles instead of John Connor. He’s a dope.
    —————–

    Big fan of John Connor but have you heard his name lately? I haven’t. Hard to find a team that wants to fill a roster spot for a guy who can really only be a full back. Orson can play both full back and TE. John Connor struggled at TE. I would have loved it if the Bengals kept Connor but it didn’t make sense in a roster standpoint. Teams don’t hold onto guys who can just play FB. At least not most of them. And Bengals couldn’t afford the roster spot.

  50. eatitfanboy says: Jan 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    Nothing is funnier than watching the media be manipulated by teams and agents at this time of year.

    The only bad part is that there are so many people leaking things, it’s hard to tell what it all means.

    Did the Redskins leak it to Maske that Gruden was the front in order to get another candidate to lower their asking price? Did someone from Gruden’s camp leak it to Maske to ramp up interest from other teams?

    There is only one thing you can be fairly certain about with these rumors: most of them aren’t true.

  51. tnazvol says: Jan 8, 2014 3:05 PM

    If there is a tug of war over Jay Gruden, I hope the Titans are smart enough to let go of the rope…..

  52. jayquintana says: Jan 8, 2014 3:08 PM

    Jay Gruden is the coach everyone wants to hire?

    I’ll never understand the NFL.

  53. vincentbojackson says: Jan 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    What’s not to like about a guy that’s led an offense to an average of only 11 points per game in 3 straight playoff losses?

    I thought only Lane Kiffen had mastered the art of failing upward.

  54. metalhead65 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:12 PM

    so the bengals have misplaced faith in dalton? what was their record again before he became the starter? how many playoff appearances in a row did they make before he joined the team? using your criteria for being a good starting qb then any team that does not win a playoff game must get a new qb right? what about the teams that don’t make them? are the cowboys getting rid of romo because he can’t to the playoffs let alone win one? I know this a rumor site but you going after guys and getting personal with them is getting out of hand. then you have the nerve to get all offended and upset if a player ever dares question the media or you guys at pft.

  55. theytukrjobs says: Jan 8, 2014 3:13 PM

    How did Dungy get people to forget his misplaced faith in Peyton Manning? Dalton is probably the only player with a similar start to his career, being a statistical beast in passing numbers early in his career while also managing to lose every year in the playoffs.

    I don’t recall Dungy or Peyton being run out of town. I don’t follow the Colts so I’m not even sure how things turned out for them.

    Also when you correctly identify that a certain player in the second round will put up better passing statistics than all other players in the draft, how do you predict and differentiate that while he’s a better passer than the rest, he’ll lose his first three playoff games?

    This stuff is all so complicated.

  56. jackburton77 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:15 PM

    Gruden doesn’t throw the ball for Dalton and he certainly doesn’t make decisions for him, in the moment or otherwise.

    Dalton is a better pick than Kaepernick…

  57. skinsfan2013 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:19 PM

    PLEASE NO JAY GRUDEN IN DC!!!!!!

  58. leinweber2013 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:27 PM

    Nazi : a member of he national socialist workers party (meriam Webster)

    Ain’t an America run by nazi’s great?

  59. jayquintana says: Jan 8, 2014 3:29 PM

    When you really think about it, does it matter who Snyder hires?

    He’s had the brilliant coordinator (Turner), the established guys (Schottenheimer, Shanahan, Gibbs), the great college coach (Spurrier), the outside-the-box coach (Zorn)… is there any type of coach that would be a good match for the Redskins?

    I bet if Snyder had Bill Walsh, Walsh wouldn’t have won any Super Bowls.

  60. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Jan 8, 2014 3:30 PM

    No he doesn’t actually make the play but he sure calls them and they are lousy!

  61. lerch77 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:45 PM

    Sounds like Ron Turner 2.0

    He got a lot of mileage off his brothers’ rep in Chicago…

  62. titlelessincincy says: Jan 8, 2014 3:58 PM

    I’ll drive him to the airport.

    Please be true, please be true. Fingers crossed!!!

  63. eddiek77 says: Jan 8, 2014 3:58 PM

    Is it just me, or does the word “overrated” flash in my head every time I hear the name “Gruden.?”

  64. thekyle1591 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:04 PM

    So because Dalton chokes in the playoffs it is somehow dumped on Dalton? And I don’t know how anyone could consider the Titans job to be better than the skins. They certainly don’t have as much offensive talent. Redskins have a pro bowl left tackle, top 5 runningback, top 10 WR, the most physically gifted qb in the NFL, the best rookie tight end in the NFL. Defensively, they have versatility to run a 4-3 or 3-4 and numerous up and coming players. Tennessee has a aging offensive line, 1 receiving threat (2 if Washington comes back) and a runningback who is overplayed and underachieving as well as a bust qb and little defensive talent other than the 2 corners and defensive talent. Colin McCarthy is pretty good too. In Washington, if you win you are a legend, on the other hand how much do you hear about Tennessee? Anyone calling RG3 a diva is obviously someone who is either 1. A hater or 2. An idiot who believes anything the media says. Would rather have Zimmer or Horton though.

  65. voiceofreason72 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:09 PM

    No, please No!!!! Sources say he prefers the Tennessee job. Let him go there. As I have read already many times by other posts in which I agree, the man was outsmarted last Sunday by Pagano and never adjusted to what the Chargers were doing!! Three years in a row to the playoffs and an oust out of them in the first round?? No more let downs!!!

  66. aprilwalker2013 says: Jan 8, 2014 4:11 PM

    I don’t like idea of him coming to my team! I don’t know that much about him, but I’ve come to believe he’s the guy the Redskins wanted before they fired Mike! This long coach search has been for show or incase Gruden turned them down!! Same ole Skins way..trying to show they doing things different when all along have no intention of doing so!! Sort of shady if it’s true!! Hadn’t even interviewed yet when heard he was top choice!! Gotta bad feeling about this!! HTTR

  67. jjconley says: Jan 8, 2014 4:11 PM

    Jay Gruden is a genius. He’s a perfect fit for any of these teams looking for a coach. There’s no doubt he’ll be able to take his new team to the next level.

    Someone needs to hire him before they lose the chance. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get the next offensive mastermind.

    I’ll help him pack and pay for his plane ticket.

    Signed,

    A Bengals Fan

  68. mortyglickstein says: Jan 8, 2014 4:47 PM

    This is Jay Gruden, not Jon who cares? Hire Billichecks brother Bob the plumber.
    Same results

  69. bonniebengal says: Jan 8, 2014 4:52 PM

    As a Bengals fan, I am laughing hysterically.

  70. whatjusthapped says: Jan 8, 2014 6:33 PM

    If Gruden is the answer in Minnesota, what’s the question?

    Unless it is a trivial question like, Who is the least successful coach in Viking history?” where he will have plenty of competition.

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