Ashburn, VA ( - The Washington Redskins have scheduled aThursday afternoon press conference to introduce their new head coach, whichwill reportedly be Jay Gruden.

General manager Bruce Allen will make the announcement after meeting with fourdifferent candidates as potential replacements for Mike Shanahan.

Gruden interviewed on Wednesday night and both and ESPN are reportingthat a deal is in place.

Shanahan was fired a day after the Redskins completed a disastrous 3-13 seasonwith eight straight losses. Washington was 24-40 under Shanahan with asurprise NFC East title in 2012.

Gruden has been the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals the pastthree seasons. The Bengals reached the playoffs each of those three years andwere eliminated last Sunday by San Diego after winning the AFC North title.

Before joining Cincinnati in 2011, Gruden spent seven seasons as an assistantwith the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under his brother Jon from 2002-08. He thenmoved on to the Florida Tuskers of the fledgling United Football League, firstas offensive coordinator and then as head coach in 2010.

In addition, Gruden was a head coach in the Arena Football League. He was93-61 with a pair of ArenaBowl titles with the Orlando Predators.

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