What to make of the latest Redskins coaching search rumors
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Tomlin would be Dan Snyder’s “dream hire”.
The team’s interest in Tomlin was made evident early on in the aftermath of Jay Gruden’s departure, and it seemed possible that the Redskins could try to swing a trade for Tomlin. But since that time, the idea of Tomlin coming to the nation’s capital has become more of a pipe dream.
Tomlin is putting forth an excellent coaching effort this season in Pittsburgh. Despite losing the cornerstones of his offense (Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell) and dealing with injuries to other key playmakers (JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Conner), Tomlin has the Steelers on track to make the playoffs in the AFC. And that’s with third-string quarterback Devlin Hodges, also known as Duck, leading the charge.
In reality, Tomlin was willing to make the shift toward being a defense-based team once again because of the talent the team has on that side of the ball. His adaptability is the main reason the Steelers have found success. That and his willingness to trust Hodges over former second-round pick Mason Rudolph, who performed poorly in relief of Roethlisberger.
Because of Tomlin’s success this season, he won’t be coming to Washington barring a massive move by the front office. And frankly, it makes senes for the team to investigate other coaching options and let Tomlin have his success in Pittsburgh.
Verdict: If Tomlin were readily available this offseason, he would definitely get consideration. But with it seeming highly likely that he will remain with the Steelers, the team is better off looking elsewhere to replace Gruden.
We’ll keep you updated on all of the latest news on the Redskins coaching search as the end of the season draws nearer for NFL teams.