Report: Redskins will start coaching search after the season

Ben Krimmel
October 13, 2019 - 5:36 pm

The Washington Redskins fired head coach Jay Gruden just hours after losing in Week 5 but reportedly won't begin their search for his replacement for another couple of months.

ESPN's Adam Schefter, citing a source close to the situation, reported on Sunday the Redskins have "no plans to begin their head-coaching search until after this season end."

Washington will give interim head coach Bill Callahan and the rest of what used to be Gruden's staff the rest of the season to "prove their worth before making any significant coaching moves," Schefter reports.

On Sunday, a report from Jason La Canfora said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder saw Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as the "best candidate to help revive the franchise." Washington would have to execute a trade to acquire Tomlin from Pittsburgh, who is under contract through the 2020 season, presuming the Steelers do not fire him after this season.

An internal candidate the Redskins will likely consider is offensive coordinator and now play-caller Kevin O'Connell. After Gruden's firing, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport told 106.7 The Fan he expects O'Connell to get "real consideration" from the organization who will look to hire a "young and innovative" head coach.

"Someone to kinda take this offense in a new direction, someone that can take advantage of Dwayne Haskins' talents, someone to come in and be creative," Rapoport said on Grant & Danny. "I expect Kevin O'Connell to get some real consideration, he's not the interim (head coach), but he is gonna run the offense, as it will be his offense now. We saw this model work with the Browns last year and Freddie Kitchens, so I would definitely keep an eye on  Kevin O'Connell."

A list put out by ESPN's Ed Werder of potential outside candidates for the job included Tomlin, Todd Bowles, and Eric Bieniemy.

Interestingly, Schefter notes Gruden could land on his older brother's coaching staff as a quarterback coach of the Oakland Raiders after taking a year off.

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