The Washington Redskins’ head coaching search is underway following the firing of Jay Gruden. While reports suggest Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin could be the No. 1 target, there are some big-time college head coaches getting mentioned, too.
Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day are two of the brightest offensive minds in the sport.
Both have been mentioned as potential future NFL head coaches. Would they have interest in the Redskins’ job?
That seems unlikely, though one ESPN analyst suggests the Redskins could offer them complete control of the franchise. Perhaps that would spark some interest.
“They would have to get unfettered control and complete responsibility of the roster so they could make the very best decisions about Dwayne Haskins and everybody else on that (team),” ESPN NFL analyst Mike Tannenbaum said Tuesday, per 247Sports. “They have to get somebody who can maximize Dwayne Haskins’ ability.”
Riley has been mentioned for several NFL jobs in recent offseasons, though he’s maintained that he wants to stay put in Norman. And, if he were to leave for the NFL, he’d likely wait for the Cowboys’ job to open up.
Day, meanwhile, has some NFL experience, serving as an assistant coach for the Eagles and 49ers in 2015-16. While he could be successful as an NFL head coach, he’s less than one season into his head coaching career at Ohio State.
The Redskins would probably be smart to look elsewhere.