The Washington Redskins have their new coach.
Jay Gruden has been hired to replace Mike Shanahan, a person familiar with the situation tells USA TODAY Sports' Jarrett Bell. The person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter because the Redskins have not yet announced Gruden's hiring.
Gruden, the younger brother of ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and former Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, has spent the past three seasons as the Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator. The Bengals won the AFC North in 2013 thanks in part to an attack that steadily improved under Gruden's watch. Cincinnati finished fourth in yards gained and points scored in the regular season.
Gruden takes over for Mike Shanahan, who was fired Dec. 30 after the stormiest and most disappointing of his four years with the team. Shanahan, who had one year remaining on his deal when he was terminated, was 24-41 with the team and only reached the playoffs once.
Shanahan's relationship with franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to incrementally disintegrate following RG3's knee injury during the 2012 playoffs. The coach later expressed regret for not pulling Griffin against the Seattle Seahawks last January when the quarterback tore multiple knee ligaments. The duo also publicly disagreed on several issues in 2013, beginning with Griffin's workload in training camp and ending with Shanahan's decision to bench him with three games left in a lost season.