Lions Head Coach list trimmed down after Redskins hire Gruden

Jay Gruden has agreed to become the head coach of the Washington Redskins.

The Redskins confirmed Thursday that Gruden has accepted the job and will be introduced at an afternoon news conference.

The 46-year-old Gruden has spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals, where he helped develop Andy Dalton. Now he'll have the task of working with another young franchise quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

Gruden, the brother of former NFL head coach Jon Gruden, had drawn interest from at least three other teams seeking to fill a head coaching vacancy. He interviewed with the Tennessee Titans on Tuesday.

Gruden replaces Mike Shanahan, who was fired last week after a 3-13 season.

The Lions on Wednesday, as reported by Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, flew out to San Diego Thursday to interview Chargers Offensive Coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, who is presumed the front-runner for the Lions' job.

Detroit has already interviewed ex-NFL head coaches Jim Caldwell, Gary Kubiak and Mike Munchak.

Birkett estimated that the Lions' search could end as early as next week.