James Franklin to interview with Redskins

James Franklin to interview with Redskins
January 6, 2014, 1:15 pm
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What's the latest on the Redskins coaching search?

The Redskins’ request to interview Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has been honored.

The Washington Post first reported that the team is slated to meet with Franklin and CSN's Chick Hernandez has confirmed that a meeting will take place later this week.

Franklin has been the head coach at Vanderbilt the last three years. He woke up a dormant program at Vandy and has won nine games each of the last two seasons.

Franklin does not fit in to the “laid back” mode of coaches the Redskins have mostly employed. "He’s highly confident, gregarious, very intense, doesn’t suffer fools,” said Jeff  Barker of the Baltimore Sun, who covered Maryland when Franklin was the offensive coordinator there.

Despite his qualities, he would have to be considered a long shot to land the Redskins job for a couple of reasons. For one thing, he has only one year of experience coaching in the NFL, that as the Packers’ receivers coach in 2005. And He is considered to be a strong candidate for the Penn State job. He could well prefer to stick in the college ranks if he can get a prime job like that one.

But, you never know. Bruce Allen could get blown away in the interview and things could change. We will see.