The Washington Redskins have fired Mike Shanahan and they have already had conversations with the Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, who is presently a studio analyst with CBS Sports. Team general manager Bruce Allen is looking to reach out to his former head coach at Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Bucs–none other than Jon Gruden. He is, of course, the lead color analyst for ESPN Monday Night Football.
Allen said today that the job is wide open and that Washington will explore all options. According to Allen, Washington will look at college coaches, NFL coordinators and guys who have been head coaches in the league.
Every time that Washington has had a coaching opening they have reached out to Cowher. He and owner Daniel Snyder have developed a very solid relationship. It is possible that Cowher will turn Snyder down, but offer his insight on a coordinator or a college coach that he feels would be a good fit in Washington.
Jon Gruden has a good relationship with Allen and only he knows if he is ready to return to the NFL sidelines. If he wants to come back to the day to day demands of the NFL, then Washington will pay him well. Gruden can mold Robert Griffin III into a star.
That said, he could be to Allen as Cowher is to Snyder and that is a very good resource. One thing that being a network analyst does is it gives you insight to all of the members of a team’s staff. So, if the next best coordinator is out there, you can bet that both Gruden and Cowher know who they are or where to get the information on them.
There are a vast number of coaches waiting out there. Feedback from former Super Bowl winning coaches is something the Redskins will need a huge help with.