Washington Extends Head Coach Jay Gruden
Washington gave Gruden a multi-year extension to remain with the team until 2020 according to reports. Gruden is entering the fourth of his five year deal, and will get the nod from owner Daniel Snyder to remain at the helm.
Gruden is the eighth head coach of the team since 1999 and none of them made it past the four year mark.
Gruden also is the first head coach in Washington to receive an extension during Snyder’s 18 year ownership period. Gruden’s coaching record of 21-26-1 in his first three seasons had uncertainty surrounding whether or not the head coach would remain with the team.
After a rough 4-12 season back in 2014, Gruden’s first year, the team has bounced back with their first back-to-back winnings seasons since the 96-97 season. Gruden also led Washington to a NFC East division title in 2015 with a 9-7 record in just his second season as head coach.
Last season the Washington offense set franchise records in total net yards, net passing yards and yards per play.
The Redskins passing attack may see some changes, especially with the quarterback Kirk Cousins story, as well as wide receivers Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon being free agents.
Regardless, keeping Gruden as head coach shows a stability to the team and potential free agent acquisitions.