Washington Redskins: A Look at Five Coaches Outside the Shortlist

Coaching changes happen in the National Football League. For the Washington Redskins, they have happened more often than not over the last 20 years. Although, before Monday’s firing of Jay Gruden, the last change was six years ago. Now there is speculation on who the next head coach should be. On the shortlist, the names include Mike Tomlin (Pittsburgh Steelers), Todd Bowles (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), and Eric Bienemy (Kansas City Chiefs). Here is a look at five other names that the Washington Redskins may also consider.

Kevin O’Connell

O’Connell is currently the offensive coordinator of the Washington Redskins. He will take over the play-calling duties under the interim head coach, Bill Callahan. Many often refer to O’Connell as the next Sean McVay. The Redskins let McVay get away to the Los Angeles Rams three years ago. They may not want to let another young stud get away again.


Kris Richard

Richard is the mastermind behind the defense of the Dallas Cowboys. A defense that is currently ranked sixth in the NFL. This young man was considered for a couple of jobs this past offseason. If the Washington Redskins are serious about improving their defense to be the backbone of this team, Richard should be the choice to do just that.

Mike McCarthy

McCarthy is the former head coach of the Green Bay Packers. He was with the team for 13 seasons. In that time, McCarthy compiled a career record of 135-85-2. That includes a 10-8 postseason record. McCarthy also led the Packers to a Super Bowl Championship in 2010. If the Washington Redskins want a winning veteran coach, they may want to look no further.

Bill Callahan

Depending upon his success as the interim head man, the Washington Redskins may have their man already in the house. Callahan is a former head coach in the NFL. He spent two seasons with the Oakland Raiders. One of which he went 11-5. Thus taking the Raiders to the Super Bowl. Callahan also led the Nebraska Cornhuskers for four seasons. He took that team to two bowls games in those four years. Callahan could be another old school veteran that the Redskins consider in their search.

Robert Saleh

Saleh is currently the defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers. His defense currently has the number ranking in the NFL. Saleh is one of the best young defensive coaches in the league right now. He is only 40 years young. Maybe the Washington Redskins need to bring in a defensive-minded head coach. One who then brings in a strong OC and grows the team in that aspect.

These are five of the many candidates that the Washington Redskins should look at to fill their current vacancy. There should be no rush and the team should take their time filling this opening. Any rush to judgment could lead to a bad marriage. That is something that the Washington Redskins do not need this time around.

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