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Here's who has been linked to the Redskins' head coaching vacancy

Here's who has been linked to the Redskins' head coaching vacancy

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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Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

Here's why there's a prop bet that Kyle Shanahan's 49ers will blow a significant lead

The Super Bowl always brings obscure prop bets that raise eyebrows. Outside of the annual wagers on the color of Gatorade poured on the coach or the duration of the national anthem, each Super Bowl brings unique bets fans can make.

This year, one prop bet revolves around San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan and what happened the last time he was on the sidelines for a Super Bowl. That was, of course, the infamous 2017 Super Bowl, when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons.

His team had a commanding 28-3 lead with 8:31 to play in the third quarter. But as the Patriots went on their run to cut the deficit, the Falcons couldn’t muster a score of their own to put the game away. Further, Shanahan’s play-calling faced scrutiny for his fourth-quarter decisions not to run the ball to expend the clock.

As Shanahan gets set for a chance at Super Bowl redemption, the sportsbook PointsBet is offering 100-1 odds that his team will blow another 28-3 lead in this year’s Super Bowl.

Some may be hesitant to take those odds, chalking up the 2017 Super Bowl as a one-off. But a deeper dive into his time with the Redskins from 2010-2013 shows that Shanahan’s offenses were susceptible to reeling off dynamic starts before lowly second halves.

In just his second game manning the Redskins offense, Washington took a 27-10 lead over the Houston Texans with under four minutes to go in the third quarter. The Texans then scored 20 unanswered points to win 30-27 in overtime.

Two years later, also in Week 2, Shanahan and company raced out to a 21-6 lead midway through the second quarter and looked prime to improve to 2-0 with then-rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. But the offensive productivity fizzled out, and the Rams came back to win 31-28.

Shanahan’s most significant blown lead in Washington came in the Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. In the Redskins’ first playoff home game since 1999, the team staked a 14-0 lead in the first quarter but failed to score again thereafter en route to a 24-14 loss.

During the 2013 season, his last in Washington, Shanahan saw his offense falter after building two-score leads in three games.

Against the eventual Super Bowl runner-up Broncos, the Redskins held a 21-7 lead in the third quarter before Denver rallied to win decisively, 45-21. Two weeks later, the offense led the team to a 24-14 first half against the Vikings, but managed just one field goal in the second half in a 34-27 loss. And in a Week 13 home game against the Giants, Washington led 14-0 early in the second quarter, but eventually lost 24-17.

None of Shanahan’s blown leads in Washington were as high as 25 points, nor were they on one of the biggest stages in sports. But when you’re considering the 28-3 prop bet this year, just know that there are other results beyond the 2017 Super Bowl to base your decision on.

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Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Jerry Jones and his $250 million yacht are ready for Super Bowl LIV in Miami

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was seen on his $250 million yacht in Miami ahead of Super Bowl LIV. 

Jones' boat, the Bravo Eugenia, is 357-feet-long, three short of a regulation football field.

He will be reportedly hosting the "biggest and baddest of all of the Super Bowl Week parties."

The Cowboys had Super Bowl aspirations ahead of the 2019 season but could not live up to the hype.

The Cowboys finished the season at 8-8 and have a lot of questions ahead of them during the upcoming off-season.

Regardless of whether his squad would be competing in Miami for the Lombardi Trophy, Jones would be at Super Bowl LIV, and after bringing in Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, Jones has taken his talents to South Beach for the big game.

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