Reports: Redskins request interviews with Jay Gruden, Zimmer

Reports: Redskins request interviews with Jay Gruden, Zimmer
January 6, 2014, 11:30 am
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What's the latest on the Redskins coaching search?

The Redskins have asked for permission to interview Bengals coordinators Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer, according to reports. 

The Bengals were eliminated from the playoffs by the Chargers on Sunday. If the Redskins interview Gruden and Zimmer, they will be the sixth and seventh NFL coordinators that the Redskins have spoken to since firing Mike Shanahan a week ago.

Under Gruden, 46, the Bengals ranked 10th in yards per game (368.4) and sixth in points (26.9) this season. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen held the same title in Tampa Bay when Gruden’s older brother, Jon, was the head coach of the Buccaneers.

Zimmer, meantime, directed the NFL’s fifth stingiest defense this season (19.1 points per game.) The 57-year-old has been a coordinator since 2000, making stops in Dallas and Atlanta, as well.

NFL Network and The Washington Post first reported that the Redskins had interest in Gruden and Zimmer.

It remains unclear when the interviews will take place.

The Redskins have already interviewed Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and are scheduled to interview Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell on Monday.