In what was essentially agreed to on Wednesday night has now been made official. After taking some time to talk it over with his family, Jay Gruden has agreed to become the next head coach of the Washington Redskins. An official introductory press conference will be held from Redskins Park at 4:00 PM EST today.
The hiring of Gruden in Washington means that New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who also interviewed for the position, has once again been passed over. And with no other interviews scheduled for him, and one year remaining on his current contract, it's a near certainty that he will return to run the defense in 2014.
Fewell has come under quite a bit of scrutiny in recent years, and despite an 8th overall finish by his defense in 2013, many fans felt he needed to be a part of a house cleaning in New York. That, obviously, has not happened, and Fewell's interview with the Skins now appears to have just been a means by which to satisfy the NFL's Rooney Rule, which states that one minority candidate must be interviewed for all head coaching and senior football operation jobs.
Prior to his meeting with the Redskins, Fewell last interviewed for a head coaching position following the 2011 season when he met with the Carolina Panthers, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans.
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