The Washington Redskins raised a few eyebrows at the end of the week when they interviewed Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Rich Bisaccia for their vacant head coach position. With plenty of big names on the market that would normally fit the Washington way of doing things, they surprised everybody by pursuing some quality understated candidates as well.
With the news that Mike Munchak was fired by the Tennessee Titans, John Glennon of The Tennessean lists Bissacia as a possible candidate for that opening as well:
He has never been an offensive or defensive coordinator but has earned praise from many over the years as an excellent leader and teacher. One of his previous titles was assistant head coach/special teams with the Chargers, and he reportedly interviewed for the Redskins’ head-coaching job on Friday.”
As far as his most recent gig goes, the Cowboys special teams were collectively in the top 10 last season according to Football Outsiders (4.3% DVOA). Of course his coaching resume is more diverse than that, as he has previously served in roles that include running backs coach.
If Bisaccia were to land a job, he would have John Harbaugh to thank in part. We know now that a coach can jump straight to head coach and be successful when put in the right situation.