2015 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

Brandon ColemanSep 2 10:03p

New Orleans Saints WR Brandon Coleman has impressed QB Drew Brees during training camp and the preseason. The quarterback said Tuesday, Sept. 2, that he has a great comfort level with Coleman.

Richard RodgersSep 2 09:43p

Green Bay Packers TE Richard Rodgers is expected to see more opportunities in the passing game with WR Jordy Nelson (knee) done for the season.

Melvin GordonSep 2 08:23p

San Diego Chargers RBs Melvin Gordon, Danny Woodhead, Branden Oliver and Donald Brown will be part of a committee at running back this season, according to QB Philip Rivers. [ More ]

Randall CobbSep 2 07:23p

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) said he'd be comfortable starting in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears even if he doesn't practice next week. However, wide receivers [ More ]

Giovani BernardSep 2 06:03p

Cincinnati Bengals RBs Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard both finished among the top-16 running backs in point-per-reception leagues last season.

Tom BradySep 2 04:33p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady doesn't look like he'll reach a settlement with the NFL. The league and the NFL Player's Associated have not had any talks regarding [ More ]

Victor CruzSep 2 04:03p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (calf) is doubtful to play Week 1, according to ESPNNewYork.com's Dan Graziano. Cruz has not yet been cleared to practice and did not participate in the preseason.

LeSean McCoySep 2 01:43p

Updating an earlier report, Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) may not be in great 'football shape' once Week 1 rolls around, according to a source. He's not at [ More ]

LeSean McCoySep 2 12:43p

Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) seems to be in some danger of missing the season opener Sept. 13. 'Well we certainly expect him to be ready to go, [ More ]

EJ ManuelSep 2 11:33a

Buffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is expected to remain on the team as the backup quarterback. There is growing expectations that QB Matt Cassel will be cut.

Matt CasselSep 2 09:23a

Buffalo Bills QB Matt Cassel could be cut by the team, as they are internally discussing the option.

Joseph RandleSep 2 08:33a

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could have 10-15 carries per game with RB Darren McFadden slightly below that, in the opinion of beat writer Drew Davison

Travis CoonsSep 1 11:03p

Cleveland Browns PK Travis Coons edged out PK Carey Spear, winning the battle for the placekicking job. 'Yeah, it was close. I thought both guys handled themselves very well, [ More ]

Nick ToonSep 1 07:43p

New Orleans Saints WRs Nick Toon, Lance Lewis and R.J. Harris were released Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Randall CobbSep 1 06:23p

Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) thinks his sprained right shoulder will be good to go to play in Week 1 against the Chicago Bears in 12 days. [ More ]

James ButlerSep 1 05:53p

Green Bay Packers WR James Butler and TE Harold Spears were released Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Julius ThomasSep 1 05:23p

Jacksonville Jaguars TE Julius Thomas (finger) will undergo surgery on his injured finger Wednesday, Sept. 2, according to a source. Thomas is expected to miss four to five weeks.

Zac DysertSep 1 05:13p

Free-agent QB Zac Dysert (Broncos) was claimed by the Chicago Bears Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Tom BradySep 1 05:03p

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will know his fate by the end of this week. Judge Richard Berman said he will issue his decision and order by that time.

Matt BlanchardSep 1 04:53p

Green Bay Packers QB Matt Blanchard was released Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to a source.

Juron CrinerSep 1 04:32p

New York Giants RB Akeem Hunt (hamstring) was waived/injured Tuesday, Sept. 1. WRs Juron Criner and Derrick X. Johnson and TE Will Tye were also waived.

Robert HerronSep 1 04:32p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Robert Herron was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Phil TaylorSep 1 04:23p

Cleveland Browns DT Phil Taylor was released Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Junior HemingwaySep 1 04:12p

Kansas City Chiefs WR Junior Hemingway was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Michael HillSep 1 04:12p

Dallas Cowboys RB Michael Hill (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, Sept. 1. WRs Antwan Goodley and David Porter and TE Brandon Barden were also waived.

Travis KelceSep 1 03:03p

Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) would be able to play if the Chiefs had a game Tuesday, Sept. 1, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is recovering from an ankle sprain.

Jarrett BoykinSep 1 03:03p

Carolina Panthers WRs Jarrett Boykin and De'Andre Presley were waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Jace AmaroSep 1 01:33p

New York Jets TE Jace Amaro (shoulder) will have season-ending shoulder surgery and will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.

Erik LorigSep 1 12:33p

New Orleans Saints FB Erik Lorig was cut Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Nathan PalmerSep 1 11:53a

Denver Broncos WR Nathan Palmer was waived Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Devonta FreemanSep 1 11:32a

Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman was the most active in practice Monday, Aug. 31, that he was been since a hamstring injury Aug. 6. It's unclear whether he'll play [ More ]

Jarrett BoykinSep 1 10:33a

Carolina Panthers WR Jarrett Boykin was released Tuesday, Sept. 1.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group