Jay Gruden expected to be hired as new Jaguars OC
The Jacksonville Jaguars continue to go through changes as the offseason begins to pick up. In the latest circuit of the NFL news cycle, it appears as though the lowly AFC South franchise could be well on its way to hiring former Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden as the team’s next offensive coordinator, according to a Tuesday evening report from Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero of NFL.com.
Although a deal isn’t quite done just yet, the two sides are expected to come to an agreement as the reported plan remains to bring Gruden aboard in Jacksonville.
The #Jaguars plan to hire former #Redskins coach Jay Gruden as their next offensive coordinator, sources tell me and @TomPelissero. Deal isn’t done, but the Jaguars are close to adding a very talented OC with a great pedigree in the role.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 22, 2020
The 52-year-old Gruden did not finish the 2019 campaign on an NFL coaching staff after being fired by the aforementioned Redskins midway through the season. Prior to being let go from his post as the Redskins head coach, Gruden served a lengthy stint in Washington, one that lasted between 2014 and 2019. Prior to the time that he spent as a head coach in our nation’s capital, Gruden notably served as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals between 2011 and 2013.
The Jaguars are not in the best place as a whole at the moment as Jacksonville once again missed out on the postseason in 2019-20. Not only that, but the competition that surrounds them isn’t getting any worse either as both the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans reached the postseason this time around. It is also worth noting that both the Titans and Texans even won playoff games as well with the former earning a spot in the AFC Championship Game and the latter winning the division.