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Could another stunning hire be on tap for the Redskins?

Jan 7, 2014, 3:55 PM EST

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Ten years ago today, the Redskins’ search for a new head coach revolved around guys like Ray Rhodes and some other retreads who had been fired as head coaches at least once. At least that was what we knew during the search for Steve Spurrier’s replacement.

But on the evening of January 7, 2004 word began to leak out that the legendary Joe Gibbs had agreed to return to coach the Redskins. The move sent Redskins Nation sky high, in part because it so totally unexpected.

There are currently 11 names on the known Redskins’ coaching search list and a few more usual suspects who could be added to the mix. By now we all know who those coaches are, a collection of NFL coordinators with a college coach or two sprinkled in there.

But in meetings with reporters last week Bruce Allen made it clear that the list of potential Redskins head coaches that he is working from is longer than the one that we know of.

If there are several unknown candidates under serious consideration we have the potential for a shocker like we saw 10 years ago.

Of course, it couldn’t be exactly the same as the return of Gibbs. There isn’t going to be a Gibbs 3.0. There is no other former Redskins coach out there who would take the job, much less elicit a positive fan reaction.

How about a former coach from another team? At this point, with all of his denials, Bill Cowher would be a stunning hire. Ditto for Jon Gruden.

Or maybe a shocker could come out of the college ranks. Bob Stoops of Oklahoma has been tied to the Browns job although the team has refuted the story. Could he get a call from the Redskins? Could David Shaw of Stanford, Kevin Sumlin of Texas A&M or Art Briles of Baylor recant their recent pledges to stay in place and make the jump to the Redskins?

The thing is, we could go on for a few thousand words here and throw names out and still not hit on who the stunning surprise hire might end up being. That’s the definition of a stunner, something that absolutely nobody on the outside sees coming.

And, by definition, it’s unlikely that we will have a shocking ending to the Redskins coaching search. Take your pick of the usual suspects and you’ll probably be right.

Probably. But be prepared, anything is possible.

  1. Meko - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Obviously, Jay Gruden will be our next coach…our remaining coaching staff, shows that, Mcvay, Morris, Haslett and Bruce…have all worked with him in the past

    • ajbus1 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      I sure hope not.

  2. JimmyJoe - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    If Briles is hired, then after more than 50 years as a ‘Skins fan, I’m done. The last thing this team needs is more drama with the owner fawning over players by hiring the ‘star’s’ favorite coach.

  3. burnzido - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    What’s Russ Grimm up to?

    • ajbus1 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I think he’s still in AZ coaching OL. He might as well get an interview since we’re interviewing everybody. He’d most likely follow Wisenhunt if he came to DC also, since he followed Wisenhunt to AZ. Of course we’d all love to see Grimm get a chance but it’s telling that he’s never moved up from OL coach.

    • msb304 - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:33 PM

      He should be on his way up to Dan’s office to sign a contract. If not for head coach, then at minimum, for the o-line coaching job. Can’t win without scoring points. Can’t score point without protection. This team has great receivers, backs, and QB. So why oh why has it not worked? The o-line can run block, but pass protection is non-existent. Grimm can get it turned around, but Dan always wants the BIG NAME, BIG MEDIA COVERAGE COACHES. Hey Dan, letS drop all the hype and get back to REDSKINS FOOTBALL. Just get Russ in here asap and lets get back to winning. The hype will then follow.

  4. nomaan78 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:04 PM

    I had an RG3 press conference in my dreams. RG3 was welcoming our new coach. It was Jay Gruden.

  5. nomaan78 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:11 PM

    I think Raheem Morris should be our DC and we go back to 4-3 with Orakpo and Kerrigan going back to their natural position, which is DE. Cofield, and Jenkins at DT. Brandon Jenkins and Daryl Tapp as DE depth, and Nield and Baker as DT depth.

    MLB Riley, Barnett
    OLB Keenan Robinson
    OLB Rob Jackson, Will Compton

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:21 PM

      Man, good luck stopping the run. With Rak and Kerrigan at ends they will be able to pick which way they want to go.

      I wouldn’t mind the 4-3 but I don’t get the hunger for it among the fans. If you get players who can cover and tackle you can line them up however you want and be successful. If have too many guys on defense who can’t, you’ll get burned in a 3-4 or 4-3. There are plenty of successful 3-4’s out there.

      • lescrappeur - Jan 8, 2014 at 8:09 AM

        The hunger among the fans for a 4-3 comes from two things, I would imagine. 1) The last time the Redskins had a strong defense was, what, under G. Williams? That is, a 4-3. 2) There may be plenty of successful 3-4’s, but the prevailing sentiment is that the NFC has historically been a 4-3 division and that the 3-4 is an AFC defense.

        Wrong? Sure. Most “conventional wisdoms” that come from a fan base that operates on feelings and hunches and, certainly myself included here, a lack of a really deep knowledge of all the ins and outs of the game.

        You’ll hear it a lot, especially with the offense: “That’s not Redskins football. Redskins football is power running, smashmouth blah blah blah.” There are plenty of passing-oriented teams that have been successful, so why should the Redskins have to always play this “Redskins football”?

  6. toothcoster - Jan 8, 2014 at 1:02 AM

    Would they approach Urban Meyer at Ohio St. Offensive mind to work with RG3 and his opportunity at the NFL level?

  7. blackqbwhiterb - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Marty returns!! Whoop Whoop!!

  8. blackqbwhiterb - Jan 8, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    How bout surprise candidate Steve Mariucci? I think Cowher would be an ideal fit, but I don’t think he’d take it

  9. aprilwalker2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    The surprise will be if Gruden doesn’t get the job!! Thought they were really doing a search to find the right guy but now think, it was all for show and they knew who they wanted the day Mike got fired!! If not before they fired him!! Same ole Redskins business!! I’ve been a fan for 30 years, still will be one for another 30,god willing!! But I’m almost disgusted with them! HTTR

  10. rhinochaserdesign - Jan 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    I heard from an inside source that they brought in Ditka and Parcels for interviews over this past weekend. I heard there would be “much surprise” if Ditka DIDN’T get the HC job. They said Parcels balked at the opportunity.

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