As expected, the head coaching vacancy created when the Washington Redskins unceremoniously dismissed Mike Shanahan has had many potential names attached to it. The “usual suspects” like guys with last names of Cowher and Gruden have been linked to the job, but there is another candidate in DC on Friday, and it’s an interesting one.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2014
ESPN’s John Clayton (via Adam Schefter above) is reporting that Washington is interviewing current Cowboys assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia for the job today, and he notes that Bisaccia is close to Redskins big wig Bruce Allen. On the surface, this wouldn’t be a splashy hire (at all), especially given the recent struggles of the Cowboys, but Bisaccia has a long, quality resume that could make him attractive.
He’s been a special teams guru in 3 different places (San Diego and Tampa Bay, in addition to coaching the unit in Dallas), and his link with Bruce Allen surely comes from working together with the Bucs for nearly a decade. In addition, Bisaccia has put in time as a running backs coach in the league, and perhaps Washington could be excited by the potential work he could do with a mobile quarterback (RG3) and a star running back in the same backfield.
To be fair, I don’t believe that Bisaccia is anything resembling a front-runner for the job, but Washington could certainly do worse.