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Need to Know: The Redskins’ third option

Jan 4, 2014, 6:10 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, January 4, 66 days before the start of NFL free agency.

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“We’re going to look for someone who is a leader first and it could be on the offensive side of the ball, defense or special team,” Bruce Allen said after Mike Shanahan was fired on Monday. “There have been a couple special teams coaches who have made great head coaches.”

So into the debate over an offensive coach vs. a defensive guy jumps a third option. Allen interviewed current Cowboys and ex-Bucs and Chargers special teams coach Rich Bisaccia (pronounced Be-sach-ia) on Friday. This wasn’t a cursory interview for an old associate (the two worked together when Allen was the GM in Tampa Bay) or an attempt to pick the brain of a coach for a division rival. Bisaccia seems to be a legitimate candidate for the job.

Here are five quotes about Bisaccia:

1. “Oh, my goodness. You have to talk to the man,” said Bucs Hall of Fame defensive tackle Warren Sapp. “You can see the passion and fire in him. He has the ability to touch the star player or the kid who has no shot. The man is special. I love Rich.”

2. “He’s full of energy, and he’s genuine,” said Bucs safety John Lynch. “And he can tell some great stories.”

3. “He’s one of these guys who just has an infectious personality, and I think that’s a really important trait for all coaches,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “The players play as hard for him as I’ve ever seen any players play for any coach.”

4. “I would say to sum him up, he’s a guy that you would go to war for,” said Chargers linebacker and special teams ace Bront Bird. “He’s a true leader of men. His intensity, passion and most of all knowledge of the craft brings out the very best of his players.”

5. “He’s an excellent coach,” said Jon Gruden, Bisaccia’s boss for eight seasons while with the Bucs. “He’s as versatile a coach as I’ve been around. He could coach any position. I strongly considered making him our defensive line coach when Rod Marinelli left town. I let him coach running backs, and he did an outstanding job.”

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—On this date in 1983, Mark Moseley was named the NFL MVP for the 1982 season. He is the only kicker to receive the award.

Days until: NFL free agency 66; 2014 NFL Draft 124; 2014 Opening Sunday 246

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  1. manchild157 - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    This is an interesting person and one I didn’t know existed. Definitely the personality we need, has been endorsed by players and coaches, and versatile. As I said an interesting read.

  2. darrynhyman - Jan 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Not thrilled about a cowboy coach, but it was an interesting read, as this guy’s name came out of nowhere. Snyder as an owner doesn’t give me much confidence with anyone as coach, but I must admit that this name was intriguing.

  3. kenlinkins - Jan 4, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I am very happy to see that The Redskins are not just looking at “retread” coach’s who have be doing their coaching from the TV Press Box the pass few years. Digging deep like this could produce the next great head coach. I also want them to look at James Franklin (now a Vandy) as he is another guy who has players who will run threw walls for him. Also, do anyone else feel that Jon Gruden comment of ( “I LET him coach RB’s” ) just sound wrong (too much EGO), Either the man earned the Job or he did, but saying “I LET HIM” feels like Jon Gruden thinks of himself as some kind of football coaching God. Next time try, He coached RB for us, or he worked his way up to coaching RB’s, but the I let him sound to much like “I allowed him”. (and just another reason why I do not want Jon Gruden as the next Head Coach of the Redskins.)

  4. aprilwalker2013 - Jan 4, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Gotta say.. I’m a tad impressed with the comments about this coach! As much as hate to admit it!! HTTR

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