- The Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden after an 0-5 start on the season.
- Dan Snyder has targeted Mike Tomlin as his top target for Gruden’s replacement.
- Other candidates have betting odds ranging from +350 to +100000 as well.
LANDOVER, Md. – The Washington Redskins fired Jay Gruden after the fifth week of NFL action, making Bill Callahan Gruden’s replacement.
The interim head coach has two years of coaching experience with the Oakland Raiders, after taking over for Jay’s brother, John, in the early 2000’s.
Callahan is expected to finish out the season at the top of the coaching tree, but the Redskin’s owner, Dan Snyder, has made it clear he plans to look elsewhere for the next head coach.
US online sportsbooks are already offering odds on who will be the Redskins’ coach for Week 1 on the 2020 season. Though the books heavily favor the Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy (+350), Snyder has hit set his sights on Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (+1400).
CBS Sports NFL reporter, Jason La Canfora believes “that Dan Snyder's primary objective in his next coaching hire will be to find a way to acquire Mike Tomlin from the Steelers.”
I firmly believe that Dan Snyder's primary objective in his next coaching hire will be to find a way to acquire Mike Tomlin from the Steelers. We'll see how feasible that may be
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 7, 2019
Rumors of Ben Roethlisberger retiring and the breakup of the Steelers dynamic offensive trio could be enough to pull Tomlin away, but his 126-70 record as head coach would come at a high cost.
When asked about the possibility, Tomlin had no part of the question and kept the focus on his current Steelers’ team.
“I’m the head coach of a 1-4 football team that’s going on the road to play a Hall of Fame-caliber quarterback with my third quarterback,” said Tomlin. “You think I’m worried about anything this week other than that?”
Still, other options exist for hiring, and in order to understand Dan Snyder – an owner hiring his seventh coach since he purchased the team in 1999 – looking at trends in his past hirings could help bettors lock in a lofty futures bet.
Four of the previous six coaches hired under Snyder have played in the NFL. Five of them came in as the head coach with zero NFL head coaching experience or were on a break from NFL coaching.
However, the last two coaches hired, Mike Shanahan and Jay Gruden, has no playing experience, so this trend could continue moving forward.
Some of the favorites to land the job include Byron Leftwich (+600), Mike Pettine (+600), and Todd Bowles (+600). Leftwich is the only one of this trio who was a former player, and the latter two names have losing records as head coaches.
Some coaches that have not made it into the headlines yet but would be an interesting fit for the Redskins include former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who sat out of coaching this year. McCarthy has a 125-77 record overall and could be the winning mindset that builds the Skins moving forward.
Also, if Snyder were to pick from the college ranks, Lincoln Riley (+5000) would be the next coach to likely make the jump. Riley is 36 years old and has a 29-4 record as the coach of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Only time will tell, but the search for the next Washington Redskins’ head coach is upon us. Whether the decision is made around the new year or sometime after the Super Bowl is uncertain. But one thing is certain – betting odds on the Washington Redskins Week 1 head coach in 2020 offer bettors a futures wager option that could result in a monster payout.
Anthony has been focused on sports and writing about them since he was a child. A lover of tennis and golf, Anthony spends most of his time fixated on every major tournament and the rumors surrounding the players. Born in Czechia, Anthony is always looking for fun places to travel that involve hiking mountains as well as unique restaurants.