Usually it’s ridiculous to speculate about a job that isn’t even available, but this is involving Daniel Snyder. So speculation about who will be the head coach of his team that currently has a head coach is definitely warranted.
First, we heard the speculation that it would be Mike Shanahan replacing Jim Zorn. Now, it’s John Gruden. And according to reports, John Gruden may be actually interested in coaching the Redskins.
Jon Gruden appears to be the frontrunner in Dan Snyder’s offseason search for his seventh coach in 11 seasons.
Sources close to Snyder say he began considering options to replace coach Jim Zorn after losing to Detroit on Sept. 27; a victory that ended the Lions’ 19-game losing streak.
Snyder has not contacted Gruden, say sources, but he believes the former Oakland-Tampa Bay coach might be the best fit among five Super Bowl winning coaches without jobs. Gruden currently is a Monday Night Football commentator who arrives in Washington for the Redskins-Philadelphia Eagles game on Oct. 26. Snyder and Gruden could meet during routine pregame research for the MNF program.
Sources close to Gruden say he’s interested in the Redskins because of Snyder’s free spending. Gruden felt undermined by Tampa Bay owners because they were $45 million under the salary cap in his final season.
Maybe Gruden will be the man. Or maybe not. I’m sure Snyder will allow more speculation about who his new frontrunner is next week. All the while keeping his current coach employed. It’s the Daniel Snyder way.
Sources: Gruden atop Snyder’s wish list (Washington Examiner)