Jaguars hire ex-Redskins coach Jay Gruden as OC

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Jay Gruden is heading from D.C. to Duval.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are hiring the former Washington Redskins head coach as their next offensive coordinator, sources told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero on Tuesday night. The team confirmed the news on Wednesday.

"Coach Gruden is one of the brightest offensive minds in football and I'm pleased to welcome him to the Jacksonville Jaguars," said head coach Doug Marrone. "In going through the search process, it was important to me and our staff to identify a candidate who had a clear and concise vision for how to lead our offense and how to get the most out of our players and assistant coaches. I believe that Coach Gruden is the right person for what we need right now and the direction that we want to take our offense.

"In his last stint as an offensive coordinator for three seasons in Cincinnati, he had great success with the Bengals and played a key role in their three postseason berths from 2011-13. During the interview process, it became very clear that Coach Gruden learned a lot from his experience as a head coach and he's ready to get back to work."

Gruden interviewed with Jacksonville this week. Former New York Giants head coach Ben McAdoo also interviewed for the vacancy.

Fired by the Redskins in October after five-plus years as their head coach, Gruden told Rapoport a few weeks back he wanted to get back in the NFL, ideally as a head coach. But with those jobs off the board -- the four non-Redskins vacancies were filled in the past two weeks, three by first-time NFL head coaches -- Gruden is returning to his previous role.

Before he was hired in Washington, Gruden was the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator from 2011-13, during which Cincinnati made three straight playoff appearances and quarterback Andy Dalton blossomed from a rookie into a surefire starter.

Gruden will try to work the same magic with whoever is taking snaps under center for Jacksonville in 2020, whether it be the veteran Nick Foles or second-year sensation Gardner Minshew. The new OC will also be tasked with jump-starting an offense that, since ranking fifth and sixth in points scored and total offense in 2017, respectively, has been among the bottom quarter of attacks over the last two seasons.

Jacksonville, which parted ways with John DeFilippo last week, will enter next season with its third offensive coordinator in as many years. Jags coach Doug Marrone is on a short leash, and the coach is surely hoping Gruden's addition will help loosen the reins on him and Jacksonville's inert offense.

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