A couple of interesting names have appeared in the pool being considered for NFL head coaching jobs. One of them should be familiar to local fans.
According to a report by Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Browns are interested in talking to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and Auburn coach Gus Malzahn about their vacant head coaching position.
Franklin was the offensive coordinator at Maryland before moving to Vanderbilt. The Commodores have gone to three straight bowl games and they have won nine and eight games (with a bowl game coming up) the last two years playing in the tough SEC. Many are thinking that if Franklin can win at Vandy he can win just about anywhere.
Franklin does have some NFL experience coaching the Packers’ wide receivers in 2009. Malzahn has never coached in the NFL but he has drawn attention by taking the Tigers to the BCS title game in his first year as head coach. He was Auburn’s offensive coordinator when they won the national championship in 2010.
It seem unlikely that the Redskins will look to Malzahn or Franklin to fill their head coaching vacancy. If they do go into the college ranks they likely would want someone with more head coaching experience than either Franklin (3 years) or Malzahn (2) have.
But if the Browns or another team do go with an under the radar pick like Malzahn or Franklin, that leaves one other guy with a resume closer to what the Redskins are looking for on the market.