So into the debate over an offensive coach vs. a defensive guy jumps a third option. Allen interviewed current Cowboys and ex-Bucs and Chargers special teams coach Rich Bisaccia (pronounced Be-sach-ia) on Friday. This wasn't a cursory interview for an old associate (the two worked together when Allen was the GM in Tampa Bay) or an attempt to pick the brain of a coach for a division rival. Bisaccia seems to be a legitimate candidate for the job.
And the Redskins, who have been mostly hush-hush about possible coaching candidates, decided to let everyone know that Briles is not a candidate for their head coaching job by posting Briles' full statement on their website.
A look at why the 49ers offensive coordinator, Greg Roman would be a good candidate to become the Redskins next head coach.
Keim: Why not? Some of them are pretty good. Bobby Turner is considered an excellent running backs coach; yes he has strong ties to Mike Shanahan, but he also has a year left on his contract and probably likes to get paid. Tight ends coach Sean McVay has a good reputation, and the linemen really like Chris Foerster. But with a line coach it all depends on the blocking scheme they will use. I know general manager Bruce Allen likes secondary coach Raheem Morris, so that helps his cause. Could I see all of them staying? No. But some? Yes. It happens often.
There's no real timetable and it could depend on the assistant coaches on teams remaining in the playoffs. I'd expect them to have interest in Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, for example, but they can't yet talk to them. If either one is the guy they really want to interview, then they'll wait for him. If they fall in love with a guy next week, then the process could end quickly. Right now I'd say a couple weeks.
After talking to an NFL coach, a Dallas insider and a former NFC executive about him, heard from one coach who said he knows him well and that he's a "great guy." Bisaccia was described as a no-nonsense guy; was respected by his players, with one apparently calling him the best coach he's ever had. Also heard him described as "not a head coach type," -- even by the coach who likes him and knows him well -- and there was no "wow" factor with him. He presents himself well and has a good resume, but it's not considered dynamic enough to command the entire room. But people do like him.
But in the wake of the scrutiny surrounding Shanahan's relationships with both Snyder and quarterback Robert Griffin III, Casserly's view is not universally held.