Unless they conducted a search even faster than they recruited Albert Haynesworth, the Redskins interviewed multiple candidates for General Manager at a time when they already had someone doing the job.
So it should come as no surprise that they’re already interviewing candidates for the position of head coach, despite the fact that they already have one.
Per a league source, the Redskins have interviewed defensive coordinator Greg Blache for the position currently held by his boss, Jim Zorn.
It’s unknown when the interview specifically occurred.
By interviewing Blache, the Redskins have complied in advance with the Rooney Rule, which requires at least one minority candidate to be interviewed for every head-coaching vacancy.
We recently speculated, based on the manner in which the Vinny Cerrato-Bruce Allen flip-flop was handled by the team, that the Redskins already have complied with the Rooney Rule as it relates to the head-coaching position.
So, basically, the Redskins are free — at any time — to announce that Zorn is out, and to announce that Mike Shanahan (or anyone else, for that matter) is in.
As we pointed out last night, Shanahan definitely is in play for the job. Though it’s not a done deal, he has been talking to the powers-that-be for weeks, if not months.
Cue the denials from Blache and/or the Redskins and/or Shanahan and/or Shanahan’s minions in the media.
Maybe, if I’m really lucky, Mike Wise will call me a “cretin” again, too.