Nov 7, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Art Briles holds back tight end Jordan Najvar (18) after a play in the game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor beat Oklahoma 41-12. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins want Baylor coach Art Briles, if they fire Shanahan, according to reports

There were reports earlier today that Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan was going to quit the team after the 2012 season. He felt like owner Dan Snyder’s fondness of quarterback Robert Griffin III was unhealthy. He ultimately stayed with the team because of Griffin’s injury. He wanted to leave the team on a high note and an NFC East title and playoff run was a big achievement, but he was afraid leaving after the injury wouldn’t be right.

The Redskins might be the ones doing the deciding this time around and might look to part ways with Shanahan at the end of the season. If they do, they might pursue Griffin’s former coach with the Baylor Bears, Art Briles.

From Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports:

The Washington Redskins are expected to pursue Baylor’s Art Briles should they fire Mike Shanahan, according to league sources.

Not only are the strugging Redskins (3-10) losing, there also is a fractured relationship between coach Mike Shanahan and ownership. With Shanahan’s partnership with quarterback Robert Griffin III also in peril, the club is likely to part with Shanahan, perhaps as soon as Monday. Once that happens, several league sources believe Baylor’s Art Briles will be one of their targets.

Aside from knowing Griffin’s strengths and how to get the most out of him, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly has shown that kind of uptempo offense used in college can succeed in the NFL.

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