How many Redskins coaching candidates are currently in the playoffs?
The NFL schedule is forcing the Redskins and the other teams who are looking, for new head coaches to be patient. They do have a limited window to interview coaches from the four teams who have a playoff bye this weekend. But a team that wants to talk to a coach on one of the eight teams that play on Saturday and Sunday will have to wait until either the candidate’s team is eliminated from the playoffs or until sometime during the two weeks prior to the Super Bowl. An official hire can’t be made until a team is eliminated.
If the Redskins want to wait out coaches like the Bengals’ Jay Gruden and Mike Zimmer it could take a while. The conference title games are on Jan. 19.
—Some of the talk is now focusing on college coaches David Shaw of Stanford and Art Briles of Baylor. At this point they would both be considered long shots but since there is no clear favorite, everybody is a long shot to some extent.
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—Bruce Allen talked to some reporters yesterday and while he declined to be specific about the search he did say that he was casting a very wide net. Since we have heard only the four names listed below it is safe to assume that there are others, perhaps many others, who are not on the media radar screen at this point.
Status of known candidates as of 9 a.m. (according to multiple media reports unless otherwise indicated):
Darrell Bevell, Seahawks offensive coordinator—Interview conducted Tuesday, December 31
Sean McDermott, Panthers defensive coordinator—Interview scheduled for this Saturday, January 4
Perry Fewell, Giants defensive coordinator—Interview date TBD