Newly hired head coach Jay Gruden was drawn to the Washington Redskins’ job by his ties to several members of the organization and by a desire to work with quarterback Robert Griffin III, his representative said Thursday.
Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen, defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and tight ends coach Sean McVay had worked with Gruden in the past. Allen and McVay worked with Gruden with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. McVay and Haslett worked with Gruden in the United Football League.
“He had an existing relationship with Bruce,” agent Bob LaMonte said in a telephone interview. “He had an existing relationship with Haslett. He had an existing relationship with McVay. That certainly played into it. He was intrigued by the talent of the quarterback.”
Gruden agreed to a five-year contract with the Redskins. A five-year deal is highly unusual for a first-time NFL head coach and that apparently was a key to getting the deal done.
Haslett is expected to remain on the staff, a person familiar with the team’s deliberations said Thursday.
Haslett is likely to retain the title of defensive coordinator. Haslett remains under contract to the Redskins, and was not fired when the Redskins dismissed former coach Mike Shanahan and much of Shanahan’s staff. Allen said at the time that the team’s new coach would determine the status of those coaches not immediately fired.
McVay will become the Redskins’ offensive coordinator, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed. McVay worked with Gruden in the UFL and with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Secondary coach Raheem Morris, who also worked with Gruden in Tampa, is expected to remain on staff, possibly having a larger role in directing the defense. His contract expires in February, but a person close the situation expected that new deal to be finalized soon.
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