The Washington Redskins are expected to interview Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for their coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports.
Mike Shanahan was fired on Monday after four seasons with the team and a .375 winning percentage. When asked where the Redskins would turn to find his successor, general manager Bruce Allen said the team will not only target former coaches, but also current assistants and college coaches as well.
Bevell’s and McDermott’s teams are currently in the playoffs, but because each has a first-round bye, they will be permitted to interview for coaching jobs through Jan. 5. After that, they may not interview until their team’s postseason has ended.
Bevell, who turns 44 next week, has been the Seahawks’ offensive coordinator for the last three seasons and was the Minnesota Vikings’ offensive coordinator for the previous four seasons. A former Wisconsin quarterback who never played in the NFL, Bevell’s work with second-year quarterback Russell Wilson has made him an attractive candidate — especially for a team with a similar type of quarterback in Robert Griffin III.
McDermott, 39, has been the Panthers’ defensive coordinator for the past three seasons and held the same role with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and 2010, though he was fired by then-coach Andy Reid following that season. The Panthers had the No. 2-ranked defense, and the No. 2-ranked run defense, this season.
NFL Network first reported the Redskins’ interest in Bevell, who has also been approached by the Minnesota Vikings about their coaching vacancy. The Charlotte Observer first reported the team’s interest in McDermott.
Baylor coach Art Briles, who has frequently been linked to the Redskins because of his connection to Griffin as his college coach, said Tuesday at a Fiesta Bowl press conference that any connection is “all rumors and speculation.”
“I haven’t had any contact with anyone collegiately or NFL,” Briles told reporters in Glendale, Ariz. “My focus is on winning this football game, being a Baylor Bear. The six years I’ve been at Baylor, I’ve never interviewed while I’ve been there. I love the job. I love where I’m at. I love the people that I’m involved with. I feel very fortunate, humbled and privileged to be at Baylor University.”
Briles did admit, however, that he would be interested in seeing how his offensive system would translate to the professional level. His up-tempo spread scheme is similar to that of Chip Kelly, who made a successful transition this season from Oregon to the Eagles, who won the NFC East title.
“That’s the only thing that would attract anybody I think in a position that I’m in, would be the style of play,” Briles said. “I like how we play from a philosophical, schematic standpoint. I know the rules are different. The limitations on the number of people available in a game. … That would be the only thing that would spark my interest a little bit on that end. But it’s not something I would pursue.”