The Washington Times - January 8, 2014, 04:41PM

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden became the sixth known candidate to interview for the Washington Redskins’ coaching job when he met with team executives Wednesday at Redskins Park.

Gruden may be the most likely of the candidates who have thus far spoken to general manager Bruce Allen to be offered the job. The brother of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders coach Jon Gruden, who is now an ESPN analyst, Gruden has a relationship with some of the Redskins’ existing personnel.


He was a coaching assistant with the Buccaneers from 2004 through 2008, when Allen was their general manager, and worked alongside current Redskins tight ends coach Sean McVay and defensive backs coach Raheem Morris.

He also worked with current Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett in 2009, when Haslett was the coach of the UFL’s Florida Tuskers and he was the team’s offensive coordinator. When Haslett left for the Redskins prior to the 2010 season, Gruden became the team’s coach.

Gruden, 46, is highly regarded around the league for the work he has done with the Bengals’ offense over the last three seasons. He guided the 10th-ranked offense and eighth-ranked passing offense this season – a vast improvement from the 22nd-ranked offense the Bengals had a year ago – and has been instrumental in helping quarterback Andy Dalton develop into a respectable passer.

The Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers all interviewed Gruden last season for their coaching vacancies but passed. Gruden also interviewed Tuesday with the Tennessee Titans and is scheduled to interview Thursday with the Minnesota Vikings.

Thus far, the Redskins are known to have interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.

They have also reportedly requested interviews with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and both of the San Francisco 49ers’ coordinators – offensive coordinator Greg Roman and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.

According to multiple reports, Franklin, who has been linked to the coaching vacancy at Penn State in recent days, will interview with the Redskins on Thursday. The former Maryland offensive coordinator will be the first college coach to interview with the team.