The Redskins are expected to announce Jay Grugen as the next Redskins head coach. Gruden was the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals. He was also the favorite of GM Bruce Allen. Gruden will have to decide what to do with the coaches that remained. Rumors are circulating that Haslett or Morris could be the defensive coordinator. I’m not liking any of those rumors.
The Redskins 2014 opponents have been set. The Redskins will have home against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaquars, and Tennessee Titans.
The Redskins will play road games against the Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49′ers, Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, and Indianapolis Colts.
I’ve mentioned this several times before, but I think the next head coach of the Washington Redskins is going to be Art Briles. Snyder, Allen & co. have several reasons for hiring him, and they will unless some other candidate completely blows them away. Briles is a very hot commodity, and there’s no guarantee that he will accept a Redskins offer, if it happens. Texas has Briles highly targeted as a replacement for Mack Brown. If that happens, Texas can outbid almost anyone if they want Art bad enough.
The key reason why Briles would choose the Redskins over Texas is to cement his legacy as being highly successful at the high school, college and NFL levels. Texas has almost limitless resources, and is the best college coaching vacancy available. That alone could be tempting enough, and Briles could become the richest coach in college football history over the next several years. But for some reason, I don’t think that money alone is enough to sway Briles.
So, here are 10 reasons why I think Briles will land in Washington:
It is being reported that it is official that Mike Shanahan has been fired after 4 seasons in Washington and ending with a 24-40 record. It’s also reported that the entire coaching staff has been fired which is interesting. Not going to discuss the drama as more will likely come out from the Shanahan camp. We need to look to the future.
Mike Shanahan held a short presser where he thanked the fan base for their support of the team. He also thanked Dan Snyder for his opportunity here in Washington. He also thanked the players. He said he wanted to address the big question he always got from the media and that was does he feel the organization is in a better place than when he took it over. He said it is in a better place and talked more abut how the salary cap penalty affected their ability to improve the team. He said going into his 3rd season he wanted to more defensive players but the salary cap penalty prevented it. He also stated the team didn’t have depth this season and that is a reason for this season’s record. He then ended the press conference without taking questions.
I expect more to come from the Shanahan camp via leaks to the media.
Snyder needs to hire a GM and let that GM handle hiring the coach. It’ll be interesting to see if any press conferences are scheduled for later today.
I can’t say how happy I am that this dismal season is over. It’s time to move on and that means this coaching staff has to go. They did not do their jobs and end up with a 24-40 record over 4 years.
Snyder needs to hire a TRUE GM. No disrespect to Bruce Allen, but he is not a GM. Snyder needs to find a GM and give him total control over the football operations. He can promote Bruce to a position to keep him around but Snyder’s first order of business is to get a GM and his 2nd order of business is to get the hell out of the way. He also needs to stop worshiping players and let the GM and coaches take care of business. He needs to make the regime change quick because there are a lot of decisions to be made.