Todd McShay says Redskins coaching job is least attractive in NFL

Ben Krimmel
December 19, 2019 - 9:39 am
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The Washington Redskins got a jump on the head coaching search when they were the first to the market after dismissing Jay Gruden in early October. However, the search to replace Jay Gruden has run into several public relations hiccups. 

The latest: ESPN's Todd McShay said the Redskins coaching job was the least attractive in all of the NFL.

"I would rather coach any team, I would rather coach 31 other teams than Washington right now," McShay said Wednesday on The Dan Patrick Show. 

Why? Well, that would come down to owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen.

"Right now, under the current construct, Washington can't succeed," McShay said. "They need Daniel Snyder to take a step back, they need to hire a general manager that knows football and can evaluate players, and then they need a coach who can take those players and develop 'em."

And McShay has said he would warn friend and guest in Snyder's box Sunday, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer from taking the job. 

"So I've been holding back from calling Urban this week, wondering what he was doing in the box," McShay told Patrick, "the current structure, I couldn't allow a friend to take a job without saying something."

McShay's advice to any potential friends who think about taking the Redskins head coaching job: "Make sure you get a football guy who's inbetween the owner and you."

That advice makes sense based on what has already been reported about the team's coaching search. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer told Grant & Danny the Redskins have begun their search and when reaching out to prospective candidates some have raised concerns about the current organizational structure.

"The Redskins have already started the search, I know it hasn't been public, but they've actually already started reaching out to prospective candidates through go-betweens and everything else," Breer said on 106.7 The Fan. "And my understanding is they've gotten some pushback on the current structure of the organization from some of those candidates."

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And perhaps Meyer doesn't need the warning from McShay about Allen and getting more control over the football may be a way the former college coach lands in D.C.

Earlier this week, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay told Chad Dukes that Snyder has a way of landing a "big fish" like Meyer: “What Dan has showed clearly, repeatedly is an ability to land the big fish, to land the surprise hire and to promise the big fish control."

And in the end, not much might change. Radio.com Sports NFL Insider Michael Lombardi said this after Gruden's firing: "I don't really have a reaction. I think, to me, you're throwing a deck chair off the Titanic."

"But there's fundamental problems with Washington, there's fundamental problems with the organization," Lombardi told Grant & Danny. "It's deeper than just Jay Gruden, it's deeper than just that. It's an institutional problem and when it becomes an institutional problem, making one move doesn't really matter."

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The full interview with Todd McShay on The Dan Patrick Show can be seen here:

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