There are a few reasons why Allen might favor Gruden. He is the younger brother of Jon Gruden, the current Monday night football analyst who worked with Allen in both Oakland and Tampa Bay. It has been thought that Jon could steer Jay towards the Redskins.
Whisenhunt, 51, is in his first season in San Diego and has widely been credited with reviving quarterback Philip Rivers' career. From 2007-2011, Whisenhunt was the Cardinals' head coach, accruing a 45-51 record.
A look at why Mike Shanahan's comments about a 5 year plan are debunked by the teams in the playoffs.
At least five assistant coaches on teams playing this weekend - offensive coordinators Ken Whisenhunt of San Diego, Greg Roman of San Francisco and Jay Gruden of Cincinnati, plus Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and offensive assistant Hue Jackson - are believed by people within the league to be potential candidates for the Redskins.
Franklin has been a hot name this offseason after turning around the once-dormant SEC program. The Commodores were 2-10 the year before he arrived and are 23-15 in his first three seasons. They've played in three consecutive bowl games; they had never played in consecutive bowls before Franklin.
Defensive passing yards per play: Redskins 7.58, NFL average 6.65-This means that every time the other team drops back to pass it gains almost a yard more than the league average (this number takes yards lost by sacks into account) and over two yards more than the Seahawks and Bengals.