Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he has not received any requests from teams seeking permission to interview any coaches on his staff.
But that doesn’t mean those requests aren’t forthcoming. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett could both be attractive head coaching candidates, particularly after the younger Shanahan designed the NFL's top rushing offense and Haslett directed a midseason turnaround on the other side of the ball.
Asked specifically about Kyle Shanahan potentially interviewing for a job, the elder Shanahan said he would not be opposed to it. Last week, Shanahan said he preferred for any such interviews to take place after the Redskins were eliminated from the postseason.
“I think any time you get an experience to interview, it’s always good,” Mike Shanahan said. “It makes you organize your thoughts, your game plan, what you would do as a head football coach. …I think every assistant coach eventually some day would like to be a head coach if it works out.”
When Kyle Shanahan was asked last Thursday if he heard from any potential suitors he said he had not. He also said he’s “definitely” interested.
There are five openings currently: Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Arizona.
As for Haslett, it’s possible there will be some interest in the former New Orleans head coach. Haslett, though, seemed to indicate last week that he’s content with the title he has in Washington, saying, “I’ve kind of done everything that I wanted to from an individual standpoint. …I like the future of this club.”