Bengals' loss frees up 3 Redskins candidates

Bengals' loss frees up 3 Redskins candidates
January 5, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Bruce Allen is about to get very busy.

The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the Chargers 27-10 in the wild card round of the playoffs. That means that as many as three legitimate candidates for the Redskins’ head coaching job are free to interview for the job.

Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden was identified by one report as being the front runner for the job. Mike Zimmer, their defensive coordinator, has been identified as a possible candidate by media reports. And John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, an organization promoting minority coaching hires, recommended that the Redskins talk to running back coach Hue Jackson.

Any or all of them are available for interviews at any time and the Redskins are able to hire them as soon at they make a decision. Even if any of them is under contract to the Bengals for next season or beyond, a team can’t block one of its assistant coaches from taking a head coaching job.

The results from Cincinnati mean that the Redskins will have to wait on another one of the candidates on their list. Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt will be available for the Redskins to interview at some point this week but he can’t be hired until the Chargers are eliminated.

In another development today, the Redskins confirmed that they interviewed Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell for head coaching job. It is likely that the development of Robert Griffin III was a prime topic. Earlier today, Ian Rapoport of reported that Caldwell broke down every pass thrown by Griffin this past season in preparation for the interview.