Reports of Mike Tomlin potentially coming to Washington are nonsense.
But Tomlin has a great job with a great organization that appreciates him. The Steelers aren’t trading Tomlin unless he pleads with them to do so. And, why would anyone want to leave one of the NFL’s leading franchises for one of the worst?
A win’s a win, but this was a fool’s gold situation against the NFL’s worst team. The Redskins are looking at a top-five pick in next year’s draft, but they’re not first overall after beating the Dolphins. So, no sense peddling a high pick for a coach when Washington badly needs a left tackle, cornerback or possibly a quarterback.
Still, Snyder can’t resist looking for a big-name coach. That’s not always a bad thing. Getting Joe Gibbs to return was miraculous even if the architect of the team’s greatest success in his first tour finished with a losing record over four years after returning. At least Gibbs made it to the playoffs twice.
Marty Schottenheimer was a great pickup who probably would have brought great success if left alone. Mike Shanahan was certainly a big name who imploded through his own nonsense. Still, a solid hire. Steve Spurrier was a legendary college coach, but any reasonable vetting process would have exposed the coach as simply wanting to be an offensive coordinator.
Snyder needs to realize celebrity hunting won’t work. A stable, good front office is what wins, not a big-name coach who has already succeeded and simply cashing in one more time. Find a grinder in the weeds who’s ready for a promotion.
Otherwise, it will be back to coach hunting again in a few years.