Washington became the first NFL franchise to move on from its head coach this season, firing Jay Gruden early Monday morning. The team is 0-5, coming off of a 33-7 loss to the New England Patriots. While there are some concerns about the team’s ability to attract its next head coach, Rex Ryan doesn’t think it will be a major issue.
If Dan Snyder and his front office want to go the forward-thinking, college route to pair rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins with a dynamic offensive mind, it may have some trouble. Haskins former Ohio State offensive coordinator Ryan Day, now the Buckeyes head coach, has said he’s not interested.
Lincoln Riley, Oklahoma’s young coach who has been at the center of NFL rumors since basically the start of his head coaching career, hasn’t commented, but reports are he would not be interested in the Washington position.
There’s at least one big name in the “NFL retread” ranks that would happily take over the NFL East team, though.
Rex Ryan, now an analyst for ESPN, said he’d definitely take the job, and says that others will be “lined up” to do so as well. From a recent episode of Get Up!:
— Earl Forcey (@EarlForcey) October 9, 2019
The franchise has long seemed dysfunctional under Snyder, and while Haskins provides some hope, it isn’t a position like the Miami Dolphins where there are a ton of assets being acquired and a clear direction forward.
Still, there are 32 NFL jobs, and maybe a handful of openings each year, give and take one or two. NFL head coach isn’t a job most can afford to wait on, as Ryan knows well.
Washington may not have the most exciting slate of guys to choose from, but there will be some suitors.