Washington Redskins hire Jay Gruden as new coach

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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 past 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 that ended with eight consecutive losses. The Redskins finished last in the NFC East during three of Shanahan’s four seasons in Washington, a time marked by discord among ownership, quarterback and coach.

Gruden will become Dan Snyder’s eighth coach in 16 seasons as an NFL owner.

BENGALS: The team didn’t wait long or look far for their next offensive coordinator, promoting Hue Jackson shortly after Gruden was introduced as the next head coach in Washington.

Jackson coached the running backs last season.

SEAHAWKS: Wide receiver Percy Harvin will play in Saturday’s NFC divisional playoff game against the New Orleans Saints after missing most of the season following hip surgery.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Harvin would play following Thursday’s practice. Carroll said there would be no limitations on how they can use Harvin, including being used on kickoff returns.

Harvin has played in just one game this season, in Week 11 against Minnesota, after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his hip in early August.

BEARS: Former South Carolina star Alshon Jeffery will replace Calvin Johnson as a receiver in the Pro Bowl.

Johnson struggled with knee injuries all season.


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