2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Redskins' search takes more traditional approach

By JOSEPH WHITE - AP Sports Writer
    2014-01-03 16:08

WASHINGTON (AP) - The known candidates for the Washington Redskins head coaching vacancy don't exactly roll off the tongue. Bisaccia. Fewell. Bevell. McDermott. Caldwell.

For a change, the Redskins are taking a measured, lower-key approach to finding a coach. The focus, at least so far, is on high-level assistants from other teams, not blockbuster names. Interviewees are brought to Redskins Park in Virginia with general manager Bruce Allen as the point man, not to owner Dan Snyder's palatial house in Maryland.

Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia became the latest to interview when he visited Redskins Park on Friday. Bisaccia and Allen worked together for several years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Bisaccia and Redskins consultant A.J. Smith were together with the San Diego Chargers.

Friday was the fifth day of the search for a replacement for the fired Mike Shanahan, which means it's already lasted more than twice as long as the process four years ago that led to Shanahan formally accepting the job after Jim Zorn's dismissal. Of course, Shanahan needed no introduction - everyone knew the two-time Super Bowl winner with the Denver Broncos - and his selection fell in line with previous Snyder high-profile hires Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier and Joe Gibbs.

Allen has laid out a new plan in which the power in the organization doesn't revolve around a larger-than-life coach. Allen will now be more a traditional general manager with final say in personnel matters, leaning heavily on front office assistants Scott Campbell and Morocco Brown, and the new coach will have to agree to work within those parameters.

Which means familiar Super Bowl names such as a Bill Cowher and John Gruden don't appear to be in the mix, at least for now. Nor is Baylor's Art Briles, who coached Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III in college. Briles said Friday he has ''no desire to pursue other coaching positions.''

Allen's known list consists mainly of rising coordinators hungry for a first NFL head coaching job, first-timers would be more likely to take a shot at fixing the chaos that has become the Redskins without demanding full authority over the roster. Washington went 3-13 this season, finishing last in the NFC East for the fifth time in six years.

The Redskins GM traveled to the West Coast on Tuesday to meet with Seattle Seahawks coordinator Darrell Bevell and plans to head south to speak to Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott on Saturday. Under NFL rules, those coaches could not have their initial interview at Redskins Park because their teams are in the playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell are also on Allen's list. Except for Fewell's stint as an interim coach with the Buffalo Bills in 2009, Caldwell is the only one of the confirmed candidates with NFL head coaching experience, having led the Indianapolis Colts from 2009-11.

Assistants with teams playing in this week's wild card round of playoffs can't be interviewed until next week, so the process could take a while. In addition, the Redskins are competing with the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions in the coaching search sweepstakes.

''We're going to try and do this as quickly as possible,'' Allen said this week. ''But, more importantly, we want to do it correctly.''

The Redskins under Snyder have taken this route only once before - when Gibbs quit after the 2007 season. Snyder spent a month rejecting various candidates, while others made it clear they didn't want the job. Having run out of options, he promoted Zorn, who was overwhelmed and lasted two seasons.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

---

Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Terrelle PryorApr 23 08:58a

The Seattle Seahawks acquired QB Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 21, in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick in this year's draft. He will compete with [ More ]

Matt RyanApr 22 10:53p

Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith is calling for major improvement on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He fears the team could bottom out for a second [ More ]

EJ ManuelApr 22 08:13p

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel (knees) is healthy entering voluntary workouts and feels normal and had no limitations during the Tuesday, April 22 conditioning program. Bills head coach Doug [ More ]

Rolando McClainApr 22 07:53p

Updating a previous report, the Baltimore Ravens have officially placed LB Rolando McClain on the reserve-retired list for a second time. The Ravens will retain McClain's rights if he changes his mind again.

Eli ManningApr 22 07:33p

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of training camp. Manning has no concerns about learning the Giants' new playbook, instead [ More ]

Ray RiceApr 22 04:43p

Baltimore Ravens RB Ray Rice looks great physically, according to strength and conditioning coach Bob Roguck. 'He's doing some things differently as far as his diet and so forth, [ More ]

David WilsonApr 22 02:43p

New York Giants RB David Wilson (neck) said he is still waiting for a clear MRI to be medically cleared, but is currently ahead of schedule.

Julio JonesApr 22 01:13p

Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones (foot) will be limited during the team's offseason workouts while he recovers from offseason foot surgery. 'Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,' [ More ]

Eli ManningApr 22 01:03p

New York Giants QB Eli Manning (ankle) said his ankle is progressing but he does not have a timetable for his return to the field. Manning is currently in a walking boot.

Stevie BrownApr 22 12:33p

New York Giants FS Stevie Brown (knee) said he feels like he is ready to go when the Giants hit the field after recovering from a serious knee injury. [ More ]

Will HillApr 22 10:33a

The New York Giants are likely to cut FS Will Hill after his third potential drug suspension.

Josh MorganApr 22 09:52a

Chicago Bears WR Joshua Morgan is likely to compete for the No. 3 or 4 wide receiver role this year, and he'll compete with WRs Domenik Hixon, Eric Weems [ More ]

Will HillApr 22 09:33a

New York Giants FS Will Hill is facing a year-long suspension after reportedly failing another drug test. He will appeal what would be his third drug-related suspension.

Kyle WilliamsApr 21 09:33p

The Kansas City Chiefs re-signed WR Kyle Williams Monday, April 21. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Colt AndersonApr 21 07:12p

The Indianapolis Colts signed free-agent FS Colt Anderson (Eagles) to an undisclosed deal Monday, April 21.

Jamar TaylorApr 21 06:43p

Miami Dolphins CB Jamar Taylor (groin) is healthy following hernia surgery and began offseason workouts with his teammates Monday, April 21. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said he expects [ More ]

Dustin KellerApr 21 05:42p

Eugene Parker, agent for free-agent TE Dustin Keller (knee), said Keller is ready to participate in offseason workouts when he signs with a team.

Eric FisherApr 21 05:12p

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) said there is no timetable for his return following multiple surgeries, but he doesn't think he'll be out for long. 'He's [ More ]

Josh MorganApr 21 04:02p

The Chicago Bears have signed free-agent WR Joshua Morgan (Redskins) to a one-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

A.J. GreenApr 21 03:32p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green said he has added around six pounds this offseason, because he wants to be more physical as a way to beat coverage at the [ More ]

Michael VickApr 21 02:42p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith said he believes he will be the starting quarterback this upcoming season even though the team added QB Michael Vick this offseason. He [ More ]

Navorro BowmanApr 21 02:12p

The San Francisco 49ers plan to place LB NaVorro Bowman (knee) on the Physically Unable to Perform list when training camp begins, because he is not expected to be [ More ]

Eric FisherApr 21 02:02p

Kansas City Chiefs OT Eric Fisher (shoulder, hernia) underwent shoulder surgery and had a procedure to fix a sports hernia. He's currently rehabbing in Kansas City.

Tony CarterApr 21 01:22p

The Denver Broncos signed DT Mitch Unrein to his restricted free-agent tender Monday, April 21. CB Tony Carter, SS Duke Ihenacho and LB Brandon M. Marshall all signed their exclusive rights tenders.

Rolando McClainApr 21 01:02p

Baltimore Ravens LB Rolando McClain is retiring from the NFL again Monday, April 21. 'I gotta follow my heart. It ain't football. If football made me complete I would [ More ]

Tony RomoApr 21 12:42p

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) will take part in the team's voluntary offseason program beginning Monday, April 21, according to a source. Players are allowed to lift weights, [ More ]

Marcus LattimoreApr 20 09:12p

San Francisco 49ers RB Marcus Lattimore (knee) is not expected to be restricted in any way when offseason workouts begin.

Michael EgnewApr 20 08:42p

The Miami Dolphins likely will add at least two more tight ends this offseason that will compete with TE Michael Egnew for a roster spot.

Armon BinnsApr 20 12:02a

Miami Dolphins WR Armon Binns is currently the team's No. 4 receiver, but the Dolphins have had discussions about WR Rishard Matthews replacing Binns at the spot, according to a source.

Tyrone CrawfordApr 20 12:02a

Dallas Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford (Achilles') is expected to be ready for the team's offseason program, and he is expected to be a key piece to the defense this season.

M. Jones-DrewApr 20 12:02a

If healthy, Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to be the team's starting tailback with RB Maurice Jones-Drew as his backup.

Brian HartlineApr 20 12:02a

Miami Dolphins WR Brian Hartline (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of mini camp, according to a source. He suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the 2013 regular season finale.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group