Bengals’ loss makes Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Hue Jackson available immediately

The Cincinnati Bengals’ playoff loss Sunday leaves three of their assistant coaches — offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and offensive assistant Hue Jackson — available to be interviewed immediately and potentially hired by interested teams with head coaching vacancies.

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is now available for interviews following Cincinnati's playoff loss to the Chargers. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden is now available for interviews following Cincinnati’s playoff loss to the Chargers. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

All three are potential candidates for the Washington Redskins’ vacant head coaching job.

John Wooten, the chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, has said that the diversity group recommended to the Redskins that they consider Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Jackson. Caldwell interviewed Sunday with the Redskins at the team’s headquarters in Ashburn.

Now that the Bengals’ season is done, their assistants could be brought to Redskins Park for interviews if they agree.

The San Diego Chargers beat the Bengals, 27-10, and their offensive coordinator, Ken Whisenhunt, is a prospective Redskins’ candidate as well. Under league rules, Whisenhunt is eligible to be interviewed for head coaching jobs this week but cannot be hired by another team with the Chargers’ season ongoing. Any interview of Whisenhunt would have to take place in San Diego and the Chargers would have input into when it occurs.

Update (7:53 p.m.): San Francisco’s victory at Green Bay later Sunday put 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman in the same category as Whisenhunt. Roman is eligible to be interviewed this week but cannot be hired. Roman would have to be interviewed in San Francisco.

 

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