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Reports: Washington Redskins Interested in Mike Tomlin for Head Coach Vacancy

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The Washington Redskins would like to talk to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin about their coaching vacancy, according to a report by Ed Werder of ESPN.

After an 0-5 start, the Redskins fired Jay Gruden on Monday, who had been their coach since 2014.

According to Werder, there are three names that Washington owner Daniel Snyder would like to speak to about the opening: Tomlin, former New York Jets head coach and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.

A second report by Jason La Canfora of CBS called Tomlin Snyder’s top priority.

The Steelers would have to grant permission for the Redskins to speak with Tomlin, who signed a one-year contract extension that is scheduled to keep him in Pittsburgh at least through 2021, with an option year in 2022.

After losing starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and backup Mason Rudolph to serious in-game injuries, Tomlin’s Steelers have started the 2019 season 1-4.

Tomlin has some D.C.-area connections. He’s a native of Hampton, Virginia — about three hours south of the capital — and attended nearby William & Mary College. His oldest son, Dino, attends the University of Maryland, which is located in College Park, Maryland, just outside the D.C. Beltway.

The Redskins have named Bill Callahan as interim head coach and will wait until the offseason to hire a permanent replacement for Gruden.

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Tomlin would have to be nuts to leave the Steelers for the Redskins. The Rooneys run one of the best organizations in professional sports. Daniel Snyder seems to be on the opposite end of the Spectrum. If and when Tomlin leaves Pittsburgh, he would probably have his pick of coaching vacancies. Why would he pick the Redskins?

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I say see ya, Tomlin sucks, don’t let the door hit ya,…. You know the rest.. buh-bye.

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I think we have come to know what Tomlin offers by now. I wince when I see the Steelers players looking routinely unprepared, unmotivated, undisciplined, and out-coached. Backed by a lesser organisation, Tomlin would probably struggle to finish at .500. The question is: can the franchise find somebody who can deliver championships, not just a string of non-losing seasons? I think most fans would tolerate a few years of going 5-11 or 6-10 in exchange for Rings No. 7 & 8. Roethlisberger’s prime was squandered.

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