- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2008

With the resignation of Joe Gibbs, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder now must hire his fourth full-time coach since he purchased the team in July 1999. Some of the leading candidates:

1. GREGG WILLIAMS

Currently: Redskins assistant head coach-defense.

Head coaching experience: Went 17-31 with the Buffalo Bills (2001-03).

Why he makes sense: The hiring of Williams would offer the smoothest transition from the Gibbs era and would bring a rare continuity to the Redskins. He already has been endorsed by several players.

Comment: Williams clearly has emerged as the co-favorite to take over for Gibbs, but Snyder’s desire to get the biggest fish may prevent a promotion.

2. BILL COWHER

Currently: Studio analyst, CBS Sports.

Head coaching experience: Went 161-99-1 with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1992-2006), including a Super Bowl victory.

Why he makes sense: Cowher is the biggest name on the market, and coaches with Super Bowl wins on the resume aren’t available often.

Comment: Cowher has said his sabbatical from the NFL will last a minimum of two years, but the lure of a $50 million contract might change his mind.

3. RUSS GRIMM

Currently: Assistant head coach-offensive line, Arizona Cardinals.

Head coaching experience: None. Grimm has been an NFL assistant since 1992, including nine years with the Redskins.

Why he makes sense: If Snyder wants to hire someone outside the organization but with Redskins ties, Grimm is more than qualified for a head coaching gig.

Comment: Even with his impressive resume of developing offensive lines, he has to be considered a long shot.

4. PETE CARROLL

Currently: Head coach, Southern Cal.

Head coaching experience: Carroll went 6-10 with the New York Jets in 1994 and 28-23 with the New England Patriots (1997-99). He holds a 76-14 record with two national titles at USC.

Why he makes sense: Not quite sure he does, and he probably thinks so, too. On the other hand, he may want one last shot to win in the NFL, though he would demand full power over personnel.

Comment: Unless Snyder ignores the recent history of college coaches going to the NFL, this is an extreme long shot.

5. TODD BOWLES

Currently: Secondary coach, Dallas Cowboys.

Head coaching experience: None. Bowles is in his seventh season as an NFL assistant.

Why he makes sense: Bowles would fulfill the NFL’s requirement for clubs to interview a minority candidate for head coaching jobs. Bowles played six seasons for Gibbs (1986-1990, 1992).

Comment: Though he has gotten positive attention for his work with the Cowboys, he’s probably a couple years away from getting a job as a head coach.

Ryan O’Halloran

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