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Jay Gruden introduced as head coach of Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Washington Redskins introduced Jay Gruden as the franchise's new head coach Thursday afternoon.

General Manager Bruce Allen said the team was searching for "someone who had the fire in his belly to lead" and fortunately the San Diego Chargers beat Gruden's Cincinnati Bengals, allowing the new head coach to become available.

Gruden said his relationship with Allen and and a number of remaining coaches from former coach Mike Shanahan's staff contributed to his interest in the job.

The distractions and drama surrounding Redskins Park this season are something Gruden said he was aware of but did not follow closely.

"All the players want to forget about last year and move forward," Gruden said. 

"We let the past be the past and move forward and try to build a trust factor from day one between the coaches, players and ownership," Gruden said later in an interview with WUSA9.

Police investigate homicide in Landover

LANDOVER, Md. (WUSA9) -- Prince George's County police are investigating a homicide in Landover.

It happened on Jan. 8 at about 10:50 a.m., when officers were called to the 2500 block of 50th Avenue in Landover, Md. for a welfare check, police say. When they arrived, officers found an adult male suffering from upper body trauma inside a camping trailer.

The victim, identified as 59-year-old Isaiah Williams of no fixed address, was pronounced dead at the scene, police say.

Preliminary investigation reveals the victim had recently been staying in the trailer. Detectives are working to identify a suspect and motive in the case.

Joe Reedy on Redskins hire Jay Gruden

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Washington Redskins have hired Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as their next head coach. 

Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy, who has been covering the Bengals for five seasons, says Jay is a little more laid back then his brother Jon Gruden but still intense.

Reedy calls Gruden a great offensive mind, and says he was unofficially the offensive coordinator when Tampa Bay won the Super Bowl in 2002, calling the plays alongside his brother Jon.

Gruden knows how to deal with and acquire personnel, according to Reedy, who cited his experiencing in the UFL and the Arena League.

Will new coach overcome Snyder?

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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.