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Bruce Allen deserves a pat on the back for the due diligence he has done in talking to a lot of different people,” said former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann, who was once a part-owner of the Florida Tuskers, Gruden’s UFL team. “This wasn’t one of those, ‘OK, I have a relationship, I know the guy, I’ll hire him’ things.

Gruden will be the Redskins‘ 28th coach and the seventh full-time coach since Dan Snyder purchased the team in 1999.