As long as he’s an active head coach, and is even close to as successful as he’s been so far, Lincoln Riley will be the subject of NFL rumors. Perhaps no coach is as connected to modern football offense, and the direction the NFL is heading.
The Dallas Cowboys have been floated as a potential landing spot for Riley, should he make the leap, for a few years now. The Dallas Cowboys look like a contender this year though, so it is unclear if the team would move on from Jason Garrett after years of rumors.
Other teams could present interesting opportunities for Riley. If the Cleveland Browns, who lost 31-3 last night, decide to move on from Freddie Kitchens after a year, they would present an interesting opportunity for the Sooners coach: a reunion with Baker Mayfield.
One NFL job is, of course, already open, and also has a young potential franchise quarterback in need of some guidance.
Washington parted ways with Jay Gruden this week. Ohio State’s Ryan Day, who was rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins’ offensive coordinator last year, has already denied interest in that, or any NFL job.
Riley hasn’t put out word yet, but NFL insider Benjamin Allbright reports that he wouldn’t be interested in heading to the nation’s capital.
Skins fans may be wanting Lincoln Riley, but source tells me "…that job would not be a consideration for him if he were to even have eyes for the league…"
— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) October 7, 2019
Washington is viewed as among the more dysfunctional teams in the NFL, with controversial ownership that hasn’t found any real success in recent history.
There are only a few NFL jobs open every year, so someone will step up and fill it. However, Lincoln Riley would probably be the top name on most lists if he were to entertain a jump up to the next level. Should he make that decision this year, there will almost definitely be more attractive destinations.