On Sunday, the Jets dominated the Redskins en route to a 34-20 victory. New York was led by head coach Todd Bowles, a former Redskins player, and GM Mike Maccagnan, a former Redskins scout. Charley Casserly, former Redskins GM fired by owner Dan Snyder in 1999, led the search to get both Bowles and Maccagnan their jobs with the Jets.
Good for the Jets, certainly. Their team is off to a 4-1 start with a strong defense, good run game and a quarterback making good decisions. In a lot of ways, it's the formula the Redskins want to build under new GM Scot McCloughan.
What is most curious from the Jets success, however, is that it all has a very Burgundy and Gold tinge. Bowles played in Washington for more than five years, and earned a Super Bowl ring with the 'Skins in 1987. Maccagnan was a scout for the 'Skins from 1995-2000, and before that, interned for Washington right out of Trinity College. And Casserly obviously has significant ties to the Redskins, in just about every front office capacity including GM.
During the last 24 months, the Redskins have hired a new head coach and a new GM, Jay Gruden and Scot McCloughan, respectively. Gruden's record is not pretty as a head coach, currently 6-16, but he has dealt with a talent deficit since his arrival. The sample is even smaller for McCloughan, but in one offseason, the results look strong.
But even taking Gruden and McCloughan's success or failures out of the equation, it's odd to see two former Redskins find success together in New York. To make matters worse, neither Bowles nor Maccagnan got any interest from current Redskins brass.
"The Redskins never interviewed these two ex-Redskins right now, and they’re doing a pretty good job with the Jets," Casserly said. Full video above.
Casserly clearly knows a way to find talented individuals for coach and GM positions, and is obviously offering those services to teams throughout the NFL. The Jets took advantage.