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Jay Gruden will be the next head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gruden, brother of Jon, will become the Redskins' eighth coach in 14 years. He comes to Washington from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he was the offensive coordinator.

Gruden has never been a head coach in the NFL, which is really perfect for an organization that has been under the supreme control of its owner for the past 15 years. He is inheriting a team rife with controversy starting with the unorthodox relationship of owner Dan Snyder and Robert Griffin III, who the Washington media has begun to call the "emperor."

Gruden had plenty of success in Cincinnati where the Bengals were the 10th-ranked offense in total yards in 2013. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw for over 3,000 yards in all three seasons he spent under Gruden's tutelage, though the team and Dalton both floundered in three consecutive trips to the playoffs.

REPORT: Redskins to sign Jay Gruden as Head Coach

WASHINGTON (WUSA9/USA Today) -- Jay Gruden will be the Washington Redskins next head coach, according to NFL.com. 

Gruden, who is currently the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, is working out a deal with the Redskins, that will be finalized in the near future, NFL.com reports. 

Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen is expected to announce the hiring at a press conference at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

"Gruden began hammering out the parameters of a deal Wednesday night, putting his interview with the Minnesota Vikings on hold, a source informed of the process told NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport," NFL.com reports. 

Report: RG3 blamed teammates for problems

The problems facing the new coach of the Washington Redskins have been well-documented. He will have an owner who hasn't had much success winning or keeping a coach, a roster filled with players either too young or too old to succeed, and a front office trying to sell him before he has even been hired.

According to Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post, he will also have a quarterback who is difficult to work with. Jenkins' column on RG3 says the quarterback has a cozy relationship with owner Dan Snyder, and Griffin uses this as leverage.

Mike Shanahan fired as Redskins coach

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Mike Shanahan has been fired as head coach of the Washington Redskins, the team announced Monday morning.

A tweet from the organization at 9:45 a.m. said "they have relieved Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan of his duties with the team."

Shanahan met with members of the media at 10 a.m. to give a final statement with the organization.

The head coach thanked owner Dan Snyder for the opportunity, along with his players and fans.

The team was forced to overcome serious salary cap restrictions in Shanahan's first few seasons, but he said he felt after the first two seasons that the team was headed in the right direction.

"We're better off today than we were four years ago," Shanahan said on his four-season tenure.

General Manager Bruce Allen addressed the media at 2 p.m. 

Redskins Fans Welcome Team, Coach Shanahan Home

A few Redskins were faithful staked out at Redskins Park Sunday evening, waiting on Mike Shanahan and his team to get back from New York, as the coach's job hangs in the balance.

The frigid temperatures, cold rain, not even a heartbreaking season could keep the passionate fans from supporting their team. Christie Lopez is one of those fans, "No matter what. Win or lose, we are here," she says.

But after going 3-13, even these die-hards are tired. "I am glad it's over. Glad this season is over," says Lopez. "I am ready for a break, for whatever reason this season seemed extra long."

Even Coach Mike Shanahan got a warm welcome, as fans waived and welcomed him back. He arrived at the park riding in the team bus and left only 25 minutes later.

House on fire in Landover

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Firefighters have responded to a house fire in the 7200 block of East Ridge Drive in Landover.

A fire spokesperson says the incident commander reported fire showing from the rear of the two-story house.

Click here to see VIDEO of the fire: http://instagram.com/p/iB9jyIvwTd/

Bishop and pastor statement on City of Praise ruling

(WUSA9) -- City of Praise Family Ministries' Bishop Joel Peebles & Pastor Ylawnda Peebles issued a response on Friday to the Prince George's County Circuit Court Ruling. It read:

"We are pleased with today's ruling that requires the defendants to comply with the court ordered depositions on the case. We are confidant that our case has merit and will continue to pursue justice, as we exercise the next step within the legal system. Meantime, we shall focus on the opportunities of the future, including reconciliation, continuing the primary mission of this church to heal families and communities, and bringing about positive change."