OPEN THREAD: Offensive or defensive coach?

OPEN THREAD: Offensive or defensive coach?
January 1, 2014, 6:00 am
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Allen says power will remain in his hands

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith reacts to play against the Detroit Lions during 2nd Half of a game at Ford Field. Bears won 26-24.

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Mike Shanahan is gone, that much is fact. What happens next remains a mystery, but it is almost a given that Redskins owner Dan Snyder will have to pick a coach with either an offensive or defensive background.

So what's the right call? The Redskins defense was abysmal in 2013, and the unit certainly needs an overhaul. A defensive minded coach like former Bears coach Lovie Smith or Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles could instill new confidence in the squad, updating schemes and coverages.

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Or should Snyder look for an offensive coach to work with Robert Griffin III? Penn State's Bill O'Brien had great success in New England with Tom Brady. Could he have similar greatness with RG3? What about an established NFL offensive guru like Ken Whisenhunt? Or a Super Bowl winner like Jon Gruden?

It's a basic question, but one the Redskins brass must consider: offensive or defensive leadership? Tell us what you think in the comments. 

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