Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 13, 55 days before NFL free agency starts.

Timeline

Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 47
NFL draft 104
First Sunday of 2017 season 240

Coaching search update

There is so much going on right now that you can’t go out to dinner, or even sleep, without missing news. Here is a roundup from the last 24 hours or so.

Wade Phillips is not coming to interview with the Redskins on Friday. Instead, the longtime NFL coach, the favorite of many fans to get Washington’s vacant defensive coordinator job, will join Sean McVay in Los Angeles and run the Rams defense.

Why is Phillips going west instead of coming east to Ashburn, where his son Wes works as the Redskins tight ends coach? Chuck Sapienza of Breaking Burgundy reports that it was simply a matter of talent. The Rams are in good shape up front, led by All-Pro defensive tackle Aaron Donald and, when healthy, former All-Pro Robert Quinn. Despite getting no help for a miserable offense (ranked 32nd), the Rams were ninth in terms of yards allowed. The Redskins do have a few pieces in place on defense and they could add more in free agency and in the draft but Phillips saw that there is more to work with in Los Angeles.

 

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—Another development in LA could affect another candidate for the Redskins’ defensive coordinator job. There are reports that former Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn is very close to finalizing a deal that would make him the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers (I know I will type San Diego Chargers at some point). Shortly after the season ended, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that wherever Lynn went, Gus Bradley would become the defensive coordinator. Bradley interviewed with the Redskins on Wednesday.

—So does the development with Lynn eliminate Bradley from consideration with the Redskins? That’s possible, but we don’t know for sure. Bradley, the former defensive coordinator of the Seahawks and head coach of the Jaguars, must do what’s best for Bradley. He is not contractually tied to Lynn in any way. He may not want to join a team that is in the process of relocating and is set to play in a 30,000-seat stadium in the next two years. Bradley also might prefer to work with an organization that has Scot McCloughan picking the players. Chargers GM Tom Telesco has been in in charge for four years and the Chargers have gone from playoff contenders to double-digit losses the last two seasons.

—All that being said, there still is a good chance that Bradley will stick with Lynn and join him in Los Angeles. And Steve Wilks, the Panthers’ secondary coach who had obtained permission to interview with Washington, is apparently going to stay in Carolina and replace Sean McDermott, the new Bills head coach, as the defensive coordinator there. So where does that leave the Redskins in their hunt for someone to run the defense?

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—Perhaps with Mike Pettine, the first candidate they interviewed for the job. The news of the meeting didn’t excite many but his resume is rock solid. He has overseen five top-10 defenses in seven seasons as either a head coach or as a coordinator. The Redskins could do much worse than to bring in Pettine.

—The search for a new offensive coordinator to replace McVay may not have as much drama attached to it. It seems that the job will go to offensive line coach Bill Callahan if he wants it or to quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. It may not be that simple—things rarely are simple at Redskins Park—but for right now it looks like the first interviews will involve a candidate that already has an office in Ashburn.

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