Redskins request interview with Vandy's Franklin

Redskins request interview with Vandy's Franklin
January 4, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Can a coach make a leap from Terps offensive coordinator to NFL head coach in just four years? The Redskins may want to find out.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Redskins have requested to interview with Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin for their vacant head coaching job. He has been the Commodores’ head coach for the last three years and he took a dormant program and built it into a moderately successful SEC team.

Schefter quoted an unnamed Houston Texans official saying that Franklin is “a rising star”. The Browns have also asked to interview him for their head coaching position.

Before Franklin arrived, Vanderbilt had just one season with more than five wins since 1982. In Franklin’s three seasons they have won six, nine, and eight games with a Compass Bowl game scheduled for later today.

He was the offensive coordinator at Maryland from 2008-2010. Franklin was supposed to be the head coach when Ralph Friedgen left but Friedgen was fired and the succession plan fell apart.

One drawback on Franklin’s resume is his very limited NFL experience. That consists of one year as the Packers’ receivers coach in 2005.

No time has been set for Bruce Allen to talk to Franklin but presumably he would be free to talk any time after today’s bowl game.