Future Hall of Famer Russ Grimm should be the new coach of the Redskins. Bring back the glory days. The Arizona Cardinals Offensive Line Coach played in four Super Bowls for the Skins, winning three, and coached in two, winning with Pittsburgh in ‘05 and losing with Arizona in ‘08. The Skins’ biggest deficiency is the offensive line.
Bring back former Skins Assistant Dan Henning of Miami to be Offensive Coordinator. Keep Greg Blache as Defensive Coordinator or bring in former Skin Greg Manusky, the Defensive Coordinator of the 49ers, who played linebacker (mostly special teams) for the Skins from ’88-’91 and won a Super Bowl with the Skins in ’91. Most head coaches nowadays just oversee everything.
Former Guard Grimm has been an assistant coach for 18 years, ever since 1992, believe it or not. See his Wikipedia entry to see that he almost got the Bears job in ’04 and the Steelers job in ’05. In fact, there was a report, believed to be accurate at the time, that Grimm was named the Steelers coach just before Mike Tomlin actually got the job.
Unfortunately, it’ll never happen, though. It’ll be Mike Shanahan, Mike Holmgren, or Jon Gruden. Most likely Gruden. Jeff Fisher of Tennessee would be a good choice if he’s available after the season, but he’s not a big enough of a name for Snyder. Any of them would be solid but I still think they should hire Grimm. What an insult it was to hire Jim Zorn over Grimm two years ago. Snyder considers himself a true Skins fan, so I think he should go back to the Skins’ roots.
They could also hire Gary Clark to work with the receivers, Earnest Byner to work with the running backs, Joe Theismann to work with the QBs, and Don Warren to work with the tight ends. Jeff Bostic could work with the offensive line, Neal Olkewicz could work with the linebackers, Darrell Green could coach the secondary, and Charles Mann could coach the defensive line. Ok, maybe I’m getting a little carried away about the others but Grimm has 18 years of experience as an assistant coach, he’s well-respected, and should be the Redskins new head coach.
It’s sad that the media in this town is no different than the media anywhere in the country. They don’t investigate and don’t find any news — all they do is repeat the same names over and over instead of finding things out for themselves. Of course, Mike Wise and Tracee Hamilton weren’t here during the Redskins’ glory days, and Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon don’t really report on the news anymore, they just comment on it. Somebody like Tom Boswell or one of the writers for the Washington Times needs to bring this up.