Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 3:05 p.m.
Original: Jan. 9, 2014 6:23 a.m.
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins and Jay Gruden have reached an agreement that will make the former quarterback the 25th head coach in franchise history.
A press conference to officially announce the hiring is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday at Redskins Park where owner Daniel Snyder is not expected to speak.
Gruden’s deal is reportedly for five years and comes following a dinner Tuesday night and a formal interview Wednesday.
Gruden, 46, has served as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals for the past three seasons and is credited with helping develop quarterback Andy Dalton.
The new coach’s experience in Cincinnati will prove critical as he inherits a team that has been embattled in a year’s worth of turmoil between Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan. Gruden’s past as a quarterback at the University of Louisville and in the Arena Football League should help bridge the player-coach gap that has existed in Washington and perhaps quickly thaw apprehensions between the two.
Elsewhere, tight ends coach Sean McVay, one of the few offensive assistants retained from Shanahan’s staff, is expected to be elevated to offensive coordinator as part of the coaching overhaul.
Gruden was able to meet with McVay and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett Wednesday while at the team’s facility. Haslett was also retained following the dismissal of Mike Shanahan firing more than a week ago. Secondary coach Raheem Morris is also a holdover from the old regime.
Reports surfaced early Thursday morning the two sides were in the final stages of working out an agreement.
Gruden will leave his job as offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals. He previously interviewed with the Tennessee Titans and was scheduled to meet with the Minnesota Vikings today. That meeting has since been cancelled.
The brother of current broadcaster and former coach Jon Gruden is thought to have been the frontrunner for the job in Washington.
Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell interviewed with team officials at Redskins Park on Sunday. Caldwell guided the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl appearance in his first of three seasons as head coach.
The Redskins also interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, well-liked Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
The interviews of Caldwell and Fewell satisfy the team’s compliance with the Rooney Rule for inclusion of minority candidates.
Meanwhile, the team had been scheduled to interview Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, but the offensive-minded coach has reportedly been offered the head coaching job at Penn State.
Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, San Francisco 49ers coordinators Greg Roman and Vic Fangio, as well as San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt were are also on the team’s interview wish list.