Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is a bright offensive mind that will be taking over as the Washington Redskins head coach in 2014, but he also has some plans for the team on the defensive side of the ball.
After initially taking a look at his team’s roster and looking at the talent they have, Gruden is hoping to bring in a defensive coordinator that will keep the team a 3-4 defense.
“This team is built for the 3-4. They’ve been a 3-4 for a while and I love the 3-4,” Gruden said, via the Washington Post.
“I actually hate the 3-4 as an offensive coordinator. So I think with the players in place here, I would love to stay a 3-4. That’ll be evaluated. I just got the job here. But I know that when we played against the Washington Redskins, I know it’s very difficult to run against them. There were some issues in the back end here and there. But there is a core foundation in place. They’re well coached on defense and I’m excited to have a chance to talk to all of the candidates to still instill a 3-4 defense.”
It looks like the Redskins could be keeping their current defensive staff together, including defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, which is an interesting decision considering how poor the team’s defense was last season.
Hopefully for Gruden it will all turn around.