To many Redskins fans around the area, the hiring of new head coach Jay Gruden is a relief as D.C.'s beloved football team can have a fresh start and hopefully return to the success similar to the 2012-2013 season. With a new head coach, there should be a more healthy relationship between coaches and players than that of the Shanahan era, which plagued the team as of late.
Even though the level of competition and excitement in the AFL seems miniscule compared to that of the NFL, it is hard to discredit Gruden's successes as both a player and coach. He won four AFL Championships as a player and an additional two as a head coach. He was also inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame and was voted the fourth best player in AFL history in 2006.
Gruden finally got his chance in the NFL in 2002 as an offensive assistant under his brother, Jon, then the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gruden even has a Super Bowl ring as the Buccaneers won Super Bowl XXXVII. But after his brother was fired, he returned back to the AFL for a few years until he returned to the NFL in 2011 as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator.
In Cincy, he turned rookie quarterback Andy Dalton into a winner. The Bengals have made the playoffs each of the last three seasons including one division championship. However, they have failed each time to win a game.
The Redskins have also been victims of first round losses, as they lost to the Seahawks in last year's wild card round. Maybe Gruden is the answer the Skins need to take it to the next level.
But before D.C. sports fans get too excited and claim to be on pace for a Super Bowl the way they have done many times in the past (Joe Gibbs' return, Donovan McNabb's D.C. debut and Mike Shanahan's tenure), let's lay off the predictions and trust the people in place to get the job done.