The Washington Redskins’ decision to fire head coach Jay Gruden this morning has led to a mad scramble of analysts predicting who gets the job next.
Easily the loudest voice to make a suggestion is ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith. On Monday’s edition of First Take, Stephen A. chose Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as the best candidate for the job.
Stephen A. said that despite being a Steelers fan, he wouldn’t be bothered if Tomlin left Pittsburgh to take the Washington job. But he did specify that he would like to see Tomlin get full control of football operations on top of head coaching duties.
“I don’t want this to happen because I’m a Steelers fan and I love Mike Tomlin. But I’m not gonna lie to you – I get upset when I see some of the things that are happening to Mike Tomlin… It wouldn’t bother me at all if Mike Tomlin departed from the Pittsburgh Steelers to get head coach as well as control of football operations like a Jon Gruden (10-year, $110 million) deal…”
Stephen A isn’t the first person to suggest Tomlin as a possible replacement in the nation’s capital. Earlier today, ESPN’s Ed Werder had Tomlin on a three-man shortlist of candidates for the job.
— First Take (@FirstTake) October 7, 2019
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora has also stated that it feels like the Redskins’ primary objective will be getting Tomlin from Pittsburgh.
I firmly believe that Dan Snyder's primary objective in his next coaching hire will be to find a way to acquire Mike Tomlin from the Steelers. We'll see how feasible that may be
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 7, 2019
Tomlin’s resume speaks for itself. He’s never had a losing season in 13 years in Pittsburgh and boasts a .642 win rate, six AFC North division titles, two Super Bowl appearances, and a win in Super Bowl XLIII.
But the 2019 season has been unravelling around him. Injuries at quarterback have contributed to the Steelers 1-4 record. Though he hasn’t had a losing season yet, he very well could this year.
The Steelers have shown no signs that they’ll fire Tomlin. But with the team poised for a potential rebuild soon, who knows if he would want to be a part of it.
Washington fired Gruden on Monday following an 0-5 start to the season.