The Redskins might struggle to get the new head coach they want due to the organization’s unique front-office structure, according to a new report.
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reported that some potential head coaching candidates are not sure they can properly function in Washington under the leadership of team president Bruce Allen and the existing front-office infrastructure.
“My understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates,” Breer said during an appearance on 106.7 the Fan’s Grant and Danny program.
The Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden after he opened the season 0-5 and promoted Bill Callahan to interim head coach. In the weeks since Callahan took over, Washington is 3-4 and on a two-game win streak with the Green Bay Packers on tap this Sunday.
While Callahan has stabilized the Redskins to some degree, it seems highly unlikely that he keeps the job in 2020. It’s also unclear if Allen will remain as team president and football boss. NBC Sports Washington and other reports have shown that Allen is under more scrutiny than ever in his 10-year tenure as team president and could be gone after this season.
It’s been a rough year for Allen, as the team is in the middle of an awful season and standout left tackle Trent Williams has called him out personally for ugly tactics during a contract holdout.
What that means going forward remains to be seen.
Breer said NFL teams are starting to make covert outreach to potential coaching candidates, particularly college coaching candidates, and that the team is getting “pushback” because of the existing power structure.
"My sense is that they've already gotten the feeling that the head coach search is going to be affected by the way that the building has operated for the last 10 years," Breer said.
The past 10 years mark Allen’s tenure, the era of no playoff wins and many, many embarrassing situations.
If coaching candidates have reservations, it’s hard to blame them.
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