Bill Cowher Bill Cowher, shown here coaching the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006, has not talked with the Redskins, GM Bruce Allen says. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

The Washington Redskins have not spoken to former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher about their vacant head coaching job, General Manager Bruce Allen said Thursday.

“No, that hasn’t happened,” Allen said.

Allen, during a brief interview at Redskins Park, declined to discuss other coaching candidates.

“We’re going to leave names out of it at this point out of respect for teams in and out of the playoffs,” Allen said.

Allen declined to say whether he has spoken to former Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden about the job and refused to say whether any college coaches are under consideration.

“I’m not going to say because then, again, we would be getting into names and I’m not going to do that,” Allen said.

Allen also said: “We’ve had a lot of conversations about candidates and they’re going to continue today and [will be] ongoing.”

He did not say if he has a specific timetable in mind for hiring a coach.

“I’d like to do it as quickly as possible,” Allen said. “Due to the NFL rules, there are certain timelines. The most important thing is to find the right person.”

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