A longtime NFL executive believes on franchise’s owner should do everything in his power to make Clemson’s Dabo Swinney his next head coach.
Good luck with that.
Former NFL executive turned analyst Mike Lombardi believes Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder should make a huge push to hire Clemson’s head coach.
“If I were Dan Snyder, I would get on airplane and fly to Clemson, South Carolina and tell Dabo Swinney – look my man, you need to come in here, you’ve got to fix my team,” Lombardi said on 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C.
"If I were Dan Snyder, I would get on airplane and fly to Clemson, South Carolina and tell Dabo Swinney – look my man, you need to come in here, you've got to fix my team."
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Swinney, 49, has built Clemson into one of college football’s two greatest programs. Lombardi believes he’d instill the kind of culture change that is needed in the nation’s capital.
“The owner’s job is to establish the culture, is to say to the head coach, ‘Look, here’s the kind of football team I want to have. And it’s your job to make me get there and in five years if we’re not there I’m gonna have to make a change.’ But the culture’s never changing. The culture is never changing.”
“Snyder is never gonna grasp it. He thinks ‘If I hire Steve Spurrier,’ ‘If I bring Joe Gibbs back’ or ‘If I do this or do that,'” Lombardi added. “But what he needs to do is stop having the front office control everything.”
Criticizing Snyder for hiring Spurrier and then suggesting for him to hire Swinney seems a bit contradictory, though they’re different coaches.
And, even if Snyder was interested in making a push for Swinney, it’s difficult to imagine him leaving Clemson.
Few people in sports have a better setup right now than Clemson’s head coach.