Now taking résumés for the Redskins’ coaching job

December 30, 2013

Bill Cowher has a 149-90-1 (.623) record in his NFL coaching career. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Redskins are seeking their eighth coach since owner Dan Snyder purchased the team in 1999. General manager Bruce Allen says he has an “open list” of candidates, including both NFL and college coaches. Here’s a look at the résumés of the top four based on a Washington Post poll asking readers who they think should replace Mike Shanahan.

Bill Cowher

Work Experience
– NFL TV analyst on CBS (2007-present)
– Pittsburgh Steelers head coach (1992-2006)
– Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator (1989-91)
– Cleveland Browns secondary coach (1987-88)
– Cleveland Browns special teams coach (1985-86)
Education
– North Carolina State
Skills
– Defensive-minded coach with experience running a 3-4 scheme
– Extremely effective motivator with excitable and fiery personality
– Proven winner at the NFL level
Accomplishments
– Won Super Bowl XL
– Two-time AFC champion
– Nine-time division champion
– NFL coaching record: 149-90-1 (.623)

Jon Gruden

Work Experience
– NFL TV analyst on ESPN (2009-present)
– Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach (2002-08)
– Oakland Raiders head coach (1998-2001)
– Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator (1995-97)
– Green Bay Packers wide receiver coach (1993-94)
Education
– Dayton
Skills
– Offensive guru with an affection for molding young quarterbacks
– Developed a relationship with some of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL during ESPN’s Gruden’s QB Camp
– Proven winner at the NFL level
Accomplishments
– Won Super Bowl XXXVII
– Five-time division champion
– NFL coaching record: 95-81 (.540)

Russ Grimm

Work Experience
– Arizona Cardinals offensive line coach (2007-12)
– Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach (2001-06)
– Washington Redskins offensive line coach (1997-2000)
– Washington Redskins tight ends coach (1992-96)
– Washington Redskins guard (1981-91)
Education
– Pittsburgh
Skills
– A long relationship with the Redskins’ organization, both as a player and a coach
– Extensive experience coaching offensive lines after a Hall of Fame career as a guard
– Eager for first chance as an NFL head coach
Accomplishments
– Four-time Super Bowl champion as player
– Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010

Lovie Smith

Work Experience
– Chicago Bears head coach (2004-12)
– St. Louis Rams assistant head coach/defensive coordinator (2003)
– St. Louis Rams defensive coordinator (2001-02)
– Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebackers coach (1996-2000)
Education
– Tulsa
Skills
– Able to develop defenses — had one of the best units in the NFL during time in Chicago
– Well-respected around the league
– Proven winner at the NFL level
Accomplishments
– One-time NFC champion
– AP NFL Coach of the Year (2005)
– NFL coaching record: 81-63 (.563)

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