Florio: I think Allen already knows who he wants
It was a busy day following the first round of the playoffs.
Coaches from eight teams became available after they played over the weekend. The Redskins expressed interest in two coaches on one of the losing teams, the Bengals. They requested interviews with offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Those requests are mere formalities. A team can’t refuse to let one of its assistant coaches interview for a head coaching job. All that has to happen is for the team and the candidate to agree on a time and place.
The time and place for the Gruden and Zimmer interviews is not yet known.
The request to talk to James Franklin, Vanderbilt’s head coach, is also a formality unless Franklin has something in his contract that permits to school to block interviews. Chick Hernandez reported that the interview will take place later this week.
Franklin is a long shot candidate for the Redskins. Even if they have legitimate interest they might have to compete with another college for his services. Franklin is high on Penn State’s list of possible replacements for Bill O’Brien.
The Redskins made two other requests that are a bit more complex. They want to talk to 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and to the Niners’ defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. If Roman or Fangio want to be interviewed, the Redskins and 49ers would have to work together to find a time that is good for all parties involved. The interviews would have to be worked in around the team’s preparations for Sunday’s divisional playoff game at Carolina.
—NFL Network’s Jeff Darlington, who is pretty well wired in the NFL in general and into the Redskins specifically—he spend so much time in Ashburn in December he should have had his mail forwarded there—thinks he knows who will emerge as the Redskins’ coach. I’d characterize this as a very informed option rather than as a hard news report.
I continue to believe Jay Gruden will wind up being head coach of Redskins. And yes, I’m aware of the Bengals’ issues on offense last night.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) January 6, 2014
—The Redskins confirmed that Giants coordinator Perry Fewell interviewed with them at the team facility yesterday.
Status of known candidates as of 9 a.m. (according to multiple media reports unless otherwise indicated):
- Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator—Interview conducted Tuesday, Dec 31
- Sean McDermott, Panthers defensive coordinator—Interview conducted Saturday, Jan 4, per the Washington Times
- Jim Caldwell, Ravens offensive coordinator—Interviewed conducted on Sunday, Jan 6, confirmed by the Redskins
- Perry Fewell, Giants defensive coordinator—Interviewed by Redskins on Monday, Jan 6, confirmed by the Redskins
- Rich Bisaccia, Cowboys special teams coordinator—Interviewed on Friday, Jan 3, confirmed by the Redskins
- James Franklin, head coach at Vanderbilt—Interview later this week per Chick Hernandez of CSN.
- Jay Gruden, Bengals offensive coordinator—Interview requested
- Mike Zimmer, Bengals defensive coordinator—Interview requested
- Vic Fangio, 49ers defensive coordinator—Interview requested
- Greg Roman, 49ers offensive coordinator—Interview requested