In days following Mike Shanahan‘s firing on Dec. 30, the Washington Redskins have interviewed five candidates and plan to interview a handful more. While they are doing their due diligence in their search process, there’s actually a much greater process in the works as well.
Bruce Allen and Dan Snyder have already interviewed two offensive-minded coaches, two defensive-minded coaches and a special teams coach. The have also requested permission to interview six more coaches for their vacancy. If they follow through with those interviews, that would bring the total to 11 and the breakdown to five offensive-minded coaches, five defensive-minded coaches and one special teams coordinator.
Interviewing a wide variety of coaches is a very good idea. Across the board, the Redskins need some changes. By interviewing all different kinds of coaches, they get a well-rounded view of what others think of the football team.
When you go into an interview with a candidate, you’re asking them about what needs to be fixed and how they’ll do it. You try to get a feel for the direction they’ll take the team and how they’ll turn them back into winners.
One of the positives that comes with searching for a new head coach is you get a chance to poll the football world about what’s wrong with your team and what the best way to fix it is. For the Redskins, that’s exactly what they are doing now. They’ll find their next head coach and they’ll also get a feel for different ways to turn this franchise around.
Obviously they’ll only hire one of these coaches, and before the process comes to an end they’ll narrow down the list to 3-5 candidates for final interviews. Essentially, they’ll pick 3-5 plans they like best and then pick those plans apart and discuss them with the candidate in a second interview. Then they’ll make a decision on their next head coach.
The fact that the Redskins are casting a wide net in their search is very encouraging. This time around, the Redskins’ search for a head coach is much more than just a personnel process; it’s a learning process.