The Redskins have a lot of decisions to make this upcoming offseason with both their front office and roster. Will they retain team president Bruce Allen? Is Dwayne Haskins guaranteed to be the team's Week 1 starter in 2020?
While there are a lot of uncertainties surrounding the future of the organization, one thing is for sure -- the Redskins will have a new head coach in 2020.
Will Washington go the young, hip coordinator route when choosing their next man in charge, or will the Burgundy and Gold prefer a coach who has plenty of experience?
As interim head coach Bill Callahan will almost certainly not retain the job, here are coaches that have been linked as his potential successor.
Reports surfaced Monday evening that the Redskins were interested in Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy. He's been the anchor in orchestrating the Chiefs' dynamic offense behind quarterback Patrick Mahomes. If the Redskins value hiring a head coach that can unlock the potential in Haskins the organization believes he has, Bieniemy would be a solid hire.
Prior to the Redskins Week 14 loss to Green Bay, the Redskins became the latest team reportedly interested in Stanford's David Shaw. This is an interesting situation for Washington. Shaw has worked with Allen in the past, as both were in the Raiders organization in 2001. But as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported, Allen's future is unclear. Whether the Redskins decide to pursue Shaw or not may have to do with what the organization decides to do with Allen first.
After Gruden was fired following Week 5, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was a name immediately linked to the Redskins. The Redskins' interest in Tomlin is real. But availability remains the question. At the time, Tomlin's Steelers were 1-4. Now, they're 8-5 and in the thick of things for an AFC playoff berth. If Washington is set on Tomlin, they'd have to acquire him via trade and sacrifice several draft picks or assets in the process, something the organization cannot really afford.
The Redskins could also pursue Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, someone they have targeted before. This past offseason, the Redskins attempted to sway Bowles to become the team's defensive coordinator, but Bowles opted for Tampa instead. As we know, the Redskins stayed put with Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator. Bowles turned down the Redskins once, but if he's offered the head coach job in Washington, the opportunity may be too good to pass up.
Should Washington want to go the route with someone full of experience, Mike McCarthy makes sense. The longtime Packers coach has experience with two Hall of Fame level quarterbacks, and after taking 2019 off, is seeking a return to football. He hasn't been specifically linked to the Redskins, but if they are the only team willing to give him another shot, it's hard to imagine him saying no.
Of course, the Redskins could always stay in-house and promote offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell. The 34-year-old is the latest young offensive mind that has come through the organization, the same team that has seen Sean McVay, Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur all walk in and out of its doors without a head coaching job. Those three currently have a combined record of 28-9 in 2019.
O'Connell has taken over playcalling since Gruden was fired, and hasn't necessarily done enough to warrant the promotion. But if the Redskins fear losing another brilliant mind with many years of coaching ahead of him, they may pull the trigger.
There are many different directions the Redskins can go when choosing their next head coach, and none of them would be a surprise. But whoever ends up getting the gig will have their work cut out for them in terms of turning this franchise around.
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