There are NFL coaching moves going on in Denver, Los Angeles, and Buffalo and the effects are being felt in Ashburn, Virginia.
The news from LA could hit the Redskins the hardest. The Rams are seriously considering hiring Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay as their head coach. That would leave the Redskins in search of two coordinators as they fired defensive coordinator last week.
Possibilities for the offensive job could include internal candidates offensive line coach Bill Callahan and quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh. Both have deep resumes that include time as a head coach (Callahan) and NFL offensive coordinator (Cavanaugh).
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If McVay gets the Rams job, the Redskins could be minus one prime candidate for defensive coordinator. Wade Phillips, a longtime successful defensive coordinator, could be cut loose from the Broncos in the wake of Denver’s hiring of Vance Joseph, a defensive coach who likely will have a big hand in running the defense, to be the head coach there. Phillips could be a good fit for the Redskins but there are reports that McVay would want to bring Phillips to Los Angeles with him. That doesn’t push him out of the picture but it does dim the prospects to some extent.
Meanwhile, another candidate for the Redskins job on defense could have a better option right where he is. Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott has been hired as the head coach of the Bills. In Charlotte, the word in the media is that secondary coach Steve Wilks is going to be promoted into McDermott’s old job. The Redskins had asked for permission to interview Wilks for their defensive coordinator job. But now it appears that you can cross him off the list.
It’s not all bad news for the Redskins’ search. Former Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn was thought to the favorite for the head job in Buffalo after Rex Ryan was fired. If he got the job, or any head coaching gig, he was going to bring in Gus Bradley as his defensive coordinator. But Lynn was passed over in favor of McDermott and he doesn’t appear to be a strong candidate for any of the three remaining openings. If the two were indeed tied together the arrangement appears to be moot.
The Redskins interviewed Bradley, the former Seattle DC and Jaguars head coach, on Wednesday after meeting with ex-Browns head coach Mike Pettine on Monday.
Rushing a process like this is never a good idea. But the Redskins should be as thorough as they can while keeping an eye on the shifting landscape around them as it gobbles up potential candidates.