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Washington Redskins choose former Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden as head coach

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The face was different, the words familiar. Like Mike Shanahan and nearly every recent Redskins coach, Jay Gruden is anxious to declare an end to franchise’s days of dysfunction.

‘‘I don’t know what happened last year,’’ Gruden said. ‘‘I know that interviewing with Dan Snyder and Bruce Allen and everybody here that the passion for excellence is there. All they want to do is win, and they’re going to provide me with every avenue to win.’’

Gruden was introduced Thursday as the man charged with ending the perpetual state of turmoil the team has endured.

Gruden was a given a five-year contact for his first NFL head coaching gig, taking over a 3-13 team that finished last in the NFC East in five of the last six seasons.

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