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Gruden Introduced as Redskins Head Coach; Prefers to Stick with 3-4 Defense

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Jay Gruden speaks as he is introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park on January 9, 2014 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Jay Gruden speaks as he is introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park on January 9, 2014 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Redskins will likely be sticking with a 3-4 defense, Jay Gruden announced in his introductory press conference at Redskins Park on Thursday.

Gruden, gathered in front of media members — dressed to the nines in a navy pinstriped suit; burgundy tie running down the middle — said he’s always been a fan of the 34, although he’s despises the challenges it poses as predominantly an offensive game-planner in his career.

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“Well this team is built for the 34,” said Gruden, asked what defense he plans to run in Washington. “[The Redskins] have been a 34 for awhile, and I love the 34.”

“I actually hate the 34 as an offensive coordinator,” he quickly corrected himself. “I think with the players in place here, I would love to stay a 34. That’ll be evaluated. I just got the job here, but I know that when we played against the Washington Redskins, I know it’s very difficult to run against them, there were some issues in the back-end here and there, but there is a core foundation in place. They’re well-coached on defense, and I’m excited to have a chance to talk to all the candidates to still instill a 3-4 defense.”

Gruden was insistent he’s yet to set his coaching staff, despite earlier reports indicating otherwise — including one in particular regarding tight ends coach Sean McVay being promoted to offensive coordinator — and will be holding interviews for the vacant positions in the near future.

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