Redskins Rumors: HC Search, Bruce Allen, Greg Manusky, Kevin O’Connell


Here’s a collection of reports from Friday regarding a number of topics involving the Redskins:

  • According to Albert Breer, the word on the Redskins is that they plan to move fast with their coaching search and more changes could be coming on the football side as soon as Monday.
  • The big question for Washington remains whether they’ll retain president Bruce Allen or move in an entirely new direction from a front office standpoint.
  • Breer says former Panthers HC Ron Rivera could be someone to watch for the Redskins.
  • Mike Jones of USA Today, citing multiple people with knowledge of the situation, reports that Redskins owner Dan Snyder understands that the franchise needs a reset and he is considering a complete overhaul, which would include the firing team president Bruce Allen.
  • However, Jones says Synder is also weighing a scenario in which he retains Allen while handing some of his responsibilities off to a high-ranking front office addition.
  • Jones says multiple league insiders have told him that Allen’s presence makes “many” of the top coaching candidates hesitant to come to Washington. Even so, a person familiar with Washington’s inner workings tells Jones that Allen still has a good chance to keep his job.
  • Multiple sources tell JP Finlay of NBC Washington that Redskins DC Greg Manusky’s scheme is “just too complex.” A veteran defensive player suggested that the Redskins have enough talent to be a Top 10 defense but the pieces simply “aren’t used right.
  • Finlay says from asking around Redskins Park, the word he got is that Manusky’s scheme doesn’t make much sense and some players believe LBs coach Rob Ryan or DBs coach Ray Horton could install a better system.
  • Finlay hears that Snyder has been working with a select group of football people to decide the direction of the team for 2020 and beyond with none of them being current Redskins employees.
  • According to Finlay, if reports that Ron Rivera and Marvin Lewis are the leading candidates for the Redskins’ head coach job are accurate, it appears the team prefers to keep Kevin O’Connell as their offensive coordinator. Finlay notes that O’Connell made “real strides” working with QB Dwayne Haskins this season and it seems like they’re developing a solid connection.
  • . Seems like that connection was starting to develop well. Would make sense to keep that going if a defensive guy becomes head coach.
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