Redskins Interested In David Shaw As HC

The Redskins are interested in Stanford head coach David Shaw for their own HC job, and Washington is expected to pursue Shaw this offseason, as Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports writes. Of course, Shaw has rebuffed advances from NFL clubs in the past, and if he is going to jump to the professional ranks, it seems unlikely that the Redskins would be his top choice.

Still, owner Dan Snyder is expected to aim high, and he has had success in bringing high-profile candidates to the Redskins’ sidelines in the past. As La Canfora notes, head coaching candidates are wary of Washington head of football operations Bruce Allen‘s role within the organization, so if Snyder relieves Allen of his duties — which sounds like a real possibility — perhaps the Redskins could attract a coach with an impressive resume.

La Canfora reported back in October that Snyder would try to trade for Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, and he says that remains Snyder’s preference. But given that Tomlin is in the midst of perhaps his finest work with Pittsburgh, that seems like even more of a pipe dream than it did when that rumor first surfaced.

Shaw, 47, served as an NFL coach from 1997-2005 before heading to the college game. He has been Stanford’s head coach since 2011, compiling an 86-34 record during that time (including a 5-3 mark in bowl games).

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    • sanfranb27

      Yes. Why would he want to leave the program that he ran into the ground over the last 3 years (after succeeding with Jim Harbaugh’s guys) to go back and become a head coach in a league he coached in before getting the Stanford job. He literally can’t do any worse than the last 5+ coaches the Redskins have had. Personally, as a Redskins fan, I don’t want a coach that can only muster 1 win against a team with a .500+ record. We already have one of those. I’ll pass.

    • fieldsj2

      Exactly what I was going to comment on. He’s a pretty sharp guy, if he wants to go the the NFL there are a lot better jobs available than Washington. Washington is going to end up with a recycled NFL coach or someone nobody has ever heard of. Why would anyone want a job thats impossible to succeed at? Washington is not the job it once was.

  1. Johhos

    Agree. As much as I want to see the Skins bring in a coach with a program, Shaw could have had better opportunities previously if he wanted to be in the NFL.

  2. badco44

    Why would you want to play or coach for a joke of an organization…like the skins.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Actually the Redskin job has widespread appeal…you get great tickets to see the Nationals and Capitals play.

  3. afsooner02

    I’d rather stay at Stanford than go work for the second worst owner in the nfl. (#1 is in the same division)

  4. tank62

    If Jason La Canfora reports it, go the opposite way. Guy is a turd with no integrity

  5. crazylarry

    Shaw being at Stanford is smart enough not to go to Washington or NY. When he decides he wants to se a dumpster fire he can just go downtown not across the country.

    • sanfranb27

      He just lead his team to a 4-8 season. The dumpster fire is already there on Stanford’s campus. It’s not hard to find.

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