Jay Gruden tells Larry Michael his humble beginnings
Jay Gruden has interest in speaking to Bengals assistant Paul Guenther about the defensive coordinator position in Washington, according to two reports.
Guenther has been an NFL assistant for nine seasons, serving as the Bengals’ linebackers coach for the past two. From 2005-2011, he assisted on various units in Cincinnati, including special teams, linebackers and defensive backs. He’s been praised for his work with Vontaze Burfict, who went undrafted in 2012 but led the NFL in tackles this season.
It’s also possible Guenther will be a candidate for promotion with the Bengals if current defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer gets a head coaching job, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan. Caplan also reported that Guenther could follow Zimmer to a new team.
Multiple reports have suggested that Gruden has already decided to retain Jim Haslett, Raheem Morris and Sean McVay and perhaps shuffle titles. But the Redskins’ new head coach made it clear during his introductory press conference on Thursday that he intends to keep his options open--at least for now.
“I’m going to wait and see,” said Gruden, who was back in the office Friday morning getting to work on assembling his staff. “I’m going to interview a lot of coaches. Like I said, I’m going to look at each coach that’s been retained by Bruce [Allen] and interview everybody. I know there’s a lot of coaches here that can coach and there’s a lot of good football people that are here that can coach. There’s also good football people across the country right now looking to work for the Washington Redskins.”
Guenther broke into the NFL in 2002 as an offensive assistant with the Redskins.
Gruden’s interest in Guenther was also reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.