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Coach Jay Gruden Inks two-year Contract Extension with the Redskins

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Head Coach Jay Gruden rewarded with a two-year extension through 2020

The Washington Redskins have announced the signing of coach Jay Gruden to a two-year extension.  This is a good move for an organization that is coming of consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 20 years. ESPN’s Redskins beat writer John Keim broke the news late Saturday night.

In three seasons, Gruden has a record of 21-26-1. The Redskins were a dreadful 4-12 record in his first season. The head coach infamously bashed Robert Griffin III and started three different quarterbacks. In August of 2015, Jay Gruden benched Griffin in favor of Kirk Cousins and the rest is history.

Washington finished 9-7 that season en-route to winning the NFC East division title. However, they were defeated by Green Bay Packers in the first round of the playoffs. The Redskins failed to make the playoffs in 2016 but Gruden deserves a ton of credit for bringing the franchise back to respectability. He helped transform Cousins from a turnover machine into a franchise passer. As a result, the Redskins are a team on the rise.

There has been a ton of speculation about general manager Scot McCloughan and a power-struggle with team President Bruce Allen. Yesterday, reports surfaced about Washington being a team in “disarray” at the NFL Combine. The extension of coach Jay Gruden should provide hope for both the franchise and its fan-base, as no coach lasted more than four seasons under Snyder’s ownership.

Jay Gruden has spent most of his coaching career as either a head coach or offensive coordinator within the AFL NFL, and the defunct United Football League. From 2002-08, he was an offensive assistant under his brother Jon Gruden in Tampa Bay. Now that Gruden is extended, the Redskins can focus on signing Kirk Cousins to a long-term deal.