Cross Jay Gruden off your wish lists (or ‘please no!’ lists).
Reportedly, the Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator is finalizing a deal to become the Washington Redskins head coach. Gruden was the first coach to interview for the Tennessee Titans head-coach opening. The Titans interviewed Gruden on Tuesday, Jim Caldwell on Wednesday, and they’re intending to interview Mike Zimmer on Thursday. Friday includes an interview with Ken Whisenhunt.
Gruden joining the Redskins could have more of a fallout than just him leaving the coaching market. The Bengals will promote Hue Jackson to offensive coordinator. There had been talks about Zimmer bringing Jackson with him as his offensive coordinator. Don’t expect that to happen now. Currently, there’s no word on who Zimmer would bring with him as his offensive coordinator in any potential coaching staff.
On Jan. 8, there was a report that Gruden preferred Tennessee over Washington:
One source says Jay Gruden seems to prefer Titans to Redskins. That source has been told Redskins might make offer that’s tough to refuse.
— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) January 8, 2014
Agent playing the media? Regardless, the Titans still have interviews lined up at least through this week and possibly into the future if they want to wait on the Seattle Seahawks coordinators (Dan Quinn, Darrell Bevell). Keep an eye on whether the Titans are willing to wait on these two (who are in the middle of playoff races) while they watch other coaches fall off the availability boards.
Were you hoping for Gruden? Now who are you hoping will roam the Titans sidelines in 2014 and beyond? Leave a comment in the comments, Twitter or Facebook.