Bill Polian: Redskins’ Bruce Allen following Al Davis playbook

Old quote, but I keep referring to it, and I don’t think I ever included it in this space.

Former NFL GM Bill Polian was on ESPN’s “NFL Insiders” on Monday, and he was asked about Bruce Allen’s ever-expanding coaching candidate list.

“This is the Al Davis approach to coaching hires,” Polian said. “Spread the net as far as you can, pick the brain of as many people as you can. Ultimately make the decision, but you’ve gained intelligence on how all the other good organizations in the league work.”

You’ll note that the current list includes candidates connected with three of the four remaining NFC playoff teams, plus candidates connected with all three NFC East rivals.

DINNER AT PAOLO’S

Speaking of the coaching search….

NELLY AND BRADLEY BEAL

The Wizards keep getting more and more interesting. Via Michael Lee:

Most know him as Nelly, platinum-selling rapper and part owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. Bradley Beal also knows him as Cornell Haynes, the family friend who would occasionally walk him to elementary school before hitting it big.

Nelly was a former star athlete at University City High in suburban St. Louis, where Beal’s mother, Besta, was a physical education teacher and athletic director. So, Beal can’t remember the first time he met Nelly, only that it was “ages ago.”

MORE OF RGIII ON VACATION

Looks like the coaching interviews are going well. Lots of candidates.

ADAM LAROCHE WITH A DEAD MOUNTAIN LION

Adam LaRoche with a dead mountain lion.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY

The Wizards are in New Orleans at 8 on Comcast SportsNet. Georgetown is at Providence at 7 on Fox Sports 1. Virginia hosts Wake Forest at 7 on Comcast SportsNet Plus.  All radio and TV listings are here. 

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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