Redskins Coaching Search: List of Candidates who Have or Will Interview
- Updated: January 7, 2014
Redskins Coaching Search
The Washington Redskins have brought in a wide range of coaching candidates since firing Mike Shanahan, they have also set up a number of interviews as well. The list contains 11 names, 10 current coordinators in the NFL and one current college head coach as of now.
It was highly rumored that Baylor Head Coach Art Briles would be one of the main players in this years Redskins coaching search but Briles recently said he wasn’t interested in leaving Baylor.
The full list is below.
Darrell Bevell (44 years old), Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator—Interview conducted Tuesday, Dec 31
Under Bevell Seattle ranked 17th in the league in total offense, averaging 339.0 yards a game. The Seahawks rank 26th in the passing department with 202.3 yards per game, but fourth in rushing with 136.8 yards per game. The Seahawks tied for eighth in scoring, averaging 26.1 points per game. Seattle turned over the ball just 19 times this season – second-fewest in the NFC and fourth-fewest in the NFL.
Sean McDermott (39 years old), Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator—Interview conducted Saturday, Jan 4
The Panthers rank sixth against the pass (214.3 yards per game) and second against the run (86.9 yards a game). McDermott’s unit led the NFL with 60 sacks this season, and Carolina’s 20 interceptions tied for third. The 17 passing touchdowns surrendered by the Panthers were third-fewest in the NFL. Carolina allowed opponents to convert 35.8 percent of their third downs (12th-best in the league), but the 278 first downs accumulated by their opponents as a whole were second fewest in the NFL. Carolina ranked 10th in the league in total defense (333.1 ypg) and 18th in scoring (22.7). In his first season in Carolina, McDermott’s unit ranked 28th in total defense (377.6 ypg) and 27th in points allowed (26.8).
Jim Caldwell (58 years old), Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator—Interview conducted Sunday, Jan 5
Caldwell has spent two seasons with the Ravens, first as quarterbacks coach and then as offensive coordinator, after 10 seasons with the Colts. He worked with Peyton Manning as the quarterbacks coach in Indianapolis and then succeeded Tony Dungy as the team’s head coach. The Colts had a regular season record of 26-22 under Caldwell. He went 14-2 and reached the Super Bowl in his first season but was fired after going 2-14 without Manning, who was hurt, in 2011.
Rich Bisaccia (53 years old), Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator—Interviewed on Friday, Jan 3, confirmed by the Redskins
He was a college coach from 1983-2001 before joining Tampa Bay as their special teams coach. He stayed in that role until 2010 when he left to join San Diego in a similar role. A year later he was elevated to assistant head coach/special teams with the Chargers. But he left after the 2012 season to take a job coaching Auburn’s running backs and special teams. He left after 22 days to join Dallas. His best season as a special teams coach statistically was probably 2009 with Tampa Bay. The Bucs blocked six kicks, led the NFL in kick return average (26.3 yards), were fourth in punt return average (11.6 yards) and second against kick return average (19.1). They returned a kickoff and punt for a touchdown and blocked another punt for a score.
James Franklin (41 years old), Vanderbilt coach (and former Maryland offensive assistant)
In all three seasons under Franklin, the Vanderbilt Commodores have accomplished highs not achieved since decades earlier, or ever before. And with each, year the accomplishments have only exceeded those from the previous season. In 2011, he inherited a team that had finished 2-10 in two consecutive seasons and directed them to an appearance in the Liberty Bowl. In 2012, Franklin led the Commodores to nine wins – their most since 1915 — which included a victory in the Music City Bowl. This year, Vanderbilt defeated Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season for the first time ever and again won eight games in the regular season for the second straight year, a first since the 1920s.
Perry Fewell (51 years old), New York Giants defensive coordinator
Fewell has served as the Giants’ defensive coordinator since 2010. The Giants this season ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense, limiting teams to 332.3 yards per game. New York ranked 31st on defense in 2012 and 27th in 2011. The unit ranked seventh in 2010.
Mike Zimmer (57 years old), Cincinnati Bengals Defensive coordinator
Since joining the Bengals in 2008, Zimmer has led his share of top-10 defenses including this year’s No. 3 unit and the group that ranked No. 4 in 2009. That same season, he was recognized as the league’s top assistant by three publications.
Jay Gruden (46 years old), Cincinnati Bengals Offensive Coordinator
Spent seven seasons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ coaching staff, working for his brother and with Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen in that team’s front office. He has been a head coach in the Arena Football League and the United Football League. Had NFL’s 10th ranked offense this year.
Greg Roman (41 years old), San Francisco 49ers Offensive coordinator
Roman is in his third season with the 49ers and spent 2009 and 2010 with Jim Harbaugh at Stanford, serving as offensive coordinator there as well.
Vic Fangio (55 years old), San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator
Fangio has 14 years of experience as a defensive coordinator during stints with the Panthers, Colts, Texans and 49ers. His unit ranked fifth in the league this past season.
Ken Whisenhunt (51 years old), San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator
Whisenhunt joined the Chargers this season after six seasons as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. He guided the Cardinals to their first Super Bowl appearance in 2008, but they fell to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whisenhunt served as Pittsburgh’s offensive coordinator from 2004 to 2006, and played for the Redskins from 1989-90.
Roman, Fangio and Whisenhunt coach on teams currently still in the playoffs so that will delay them being hired until their respective teams are eliminated.