NFL Notebook

NFL Notebook

2014-01-10T00:00:00Z NFL NotebookThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 10, 2014 12:00 am  • 

WASHINGTON — Jay Gruden has his first NFL head coaching gig, charged with ending the perpetual state of turmoil that has become the Washington Redskins.

He was hired Thursday after spending the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, where his skill in helping to develop Andy Dalton will no doubt be of use when he takes on the task of grooming another young franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

Gruden replaces Mike Shanahan, who was fired last week after a 3-13 season. The Redskins finished last in the NFC East during three of Shanahan’s four seasons in Washington.

Gruden will become Dan Snyder’s eighth coach in 16 seasons as an NFL owner. Unlike Shanahan, Gruden will not have final say over all football matters. He’ll report to general manager Bruce Allen, who has taken charge of assembling the roster and other personnel decisions. Gruden says he intends to call the plays himself, and he has yet to decide whether to keep any of Shanahan’s assistants.

Tressel not subtle about NFL ambitions

CLEVELAND — Jim Tressel has not been contacted by the Browns about their coaching vacancy.

On Thursday, he found a way to reach out to them.

Ohio State’s former coach, who remains wildly popular in his home state, told a Columbus radio station that while he has not had any discussions with the Browns “it doesn’t mean that I don’t have any interest in the NFL.”

Appearing on 97.1 FM, Tressel didn’t rule out the possibility that he could be a coaching candidate sometime soon.

The 61-year-old spent 10 seasons at Ohio State, where he led the Buckeyes to a national title before he was fired for failing to report violations by some players. Tressel is currently a vice president at Akron.

Ex-Buckeye Vrabel joins staff at Houston

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Third-year Ohio State defensive line coach Mike Vrabel is jumping back to the NFL to rejoin new Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien.

Vrabel, who played at Ohio State and went on to a 14-year career in the NFL, will coach linebackers.

O’Brien, the head coach at Penn State the past two years, was a top assistant with New England in 2007-08 when Vrabel was a player. Vrabel won three Super Bowls with the Patriots.

Titans still looking

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans now have interviewed both of Cincinnati’s coordinators in their search for a new coach.

The Titans confirmed Thursday they have finished interviewing Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer two days after interviewing Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Redskins introduced Gruden as their new coach Thursday.

Zimmer has been Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator since 2008, and his defense ranked No. 3 overall this season. The Titans fired Mike Munchak after three seasons on Saturday.

Extra points

  • The Giants’ top running back
  • David Wilson
  • needs neck surgery and his future in football is uncertain. New York’s first-round draft pick in 2012, Wilson was hurt on Oct. 6. He will have a fusion of the vertebrae to repair a herniated disc in his neck.
  • The Bengals didn’t wait long or look far for their next offensive coordinator, promoting
  • Hue Jackson
  • on Thursday. Jackson coached the wide receivers for Cincinnati from 2004-06. He was Oakland’s head coach in 2011.

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