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Redskins plan to interview Vanderbilt coach James Franklin


A collegiate coach who has led a rather remarkable turnaround will reportedly have a chance to interview for the Redskins’ head-coaching job.

The Redskins plan to meet with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Monday.

The interview would be “likely” this week, Rapoport said.

The 42-year-old Franklin has helped lead Vanderbilt to a 24-15 record in three seasons. The Commodores have been to bowl games in all three of his seasons. Before Franklin’s arrival, Vanderbilt made a combined four bowl appearances in its history.

The majority of Franklin’s coaching experience has been on the collegiate level. However, he was the Packers’ assistant wide receivers coach in 2005. He then moved to offensive coordinator roles at Kansas State and Maryland before becoming Vanderbilt’s coach in 2011.

The Commodores were 9-4 in 2013. They ended their season with a victory against Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl in Birmingham on Saturday.

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24 Responses to “Redskins plan to interview Vanderbilt coach James Franklin”
  1. glenuendo says: Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM

    Good hell. Next they will be looking to interview Larry the Cable Guy.

  2. gibson34 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:14 PM

    may as well interview logical voice as he seems to know everything about the team and predictions…he predicted
    SB so fits in well with anybody that thinks this team will ever get back to the SB in our lifetime. Only SB this team ever wins is in Madden 2014……

  3. 32stork says: Jan 6, 2014 12:15 PM

    Don’t go to the Redskins, Franklin. It’s a wasteland & always will be.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 6, 2014 12:17 PM

    Without meaning to dash his hopes with cold water…….

  5. profootballfansassociation says: Jan 6, 2014 12:21 PM

    Looks like Dan Snyder and the Redskins have run out of pro coaches they can convince to come coach this disaster of a franchise!

  6. fireeyes111 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:22 PM

    Reminds me of Doug Marrone but with considerably less NFL experience. Seems like a guy that would appreciate a shot in a tough situation (let’s face it, great coaching candidates aren’t lining up to work for Dan Snyder).

    Could be an interesting hire. Chip Kelly proved you don’t need NFL experience to assimilate easily.

  7. threefeetaway says: Jan 6, 2014 12:24 PM

    Might be easier if you just listed who the Redskins weren’t interviewing…the list is pretty extensive at this point.

  8. realfootballfan says: Jan 6, 2014 12:41 PM

    Unless they plan on being patient with him, I think he’s not yet ready.

  9. mogogo1 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:47 PM

    I’d call any coach who isn’t dragging family members along to the staff an improvement. Their coach won’t be as important as who will be GM. Hard to tell how competent Allen actually is, given Shanny was allowed to run the whole show.

  10. mysonzdad says: Jan 6, 2014 12:49 PM

    If I was interviewing a candidate and it seemed like it was more about the money than the opportunity I would say…next. I still think the absolute perfect hire for Washington would be Dungy.

  11. phinfan says: Jan 6, 2014 12:52 PM


    You’re better than this James don’t work for that jerk owner. Go to PSU!

  12. dretwann says: Jan 6, 2014 12:52 PM

    The haters are amazingly funny. If they decided right now who the coach was, they would be ridiculed for taking the 1st person available. They take a “wide net” approached, they are ridiculed for not knowing who to pick. Which is it? I’ve conducted a few interviews in my short life span and it is common and expected that you interview as many qualified candidates as possible within a timeframe that works for your needs. There is no limit beyond the timeframe.

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 6, 2014 12:54 PM

    What’s that constant scraping sound we all keep hearing from the direction of Washington ?


  14. jimmyt says: Jan 6, 2014 12:56 PM

    I hope the Rams make another outrageously fantastic trade in the coming draft. It was fun rooting against the Skins for a couple of seasons.

  15. surfinbird1 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:20 PM

    All a big smokescreen,RG senior has the job nailed down.

  16. bjames65 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:32 PM

    After he gives a great interview the skins should offer him the job. They are already set up to hire him by keeping their defensive coaches and they have a GM.

  17. titansfan12 says: Jan 6, 2014 1:41 PM

    Come on Titans, interview Franklin!

  18. titaniksigh says: Jan 6, 2014 1:48 PM

    Noooooo!! Don’t leave Vandy!! Seriously though, he’s a good one. We’ll miss him when he moves on, if not to the Skins, it’ll be somewhere higher up the chain.

  19. dcstinks says: Jan 6, 2014 2:22 PM

    Does it matter?? New Coach same result. Its so cute when the Redskins try to become a serious NFL team.

  20. dirtydrynn27 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:22 PM

    No matter who the Skins get,the haters are gonna have something negative to say!!!

  21. tvjules says: Jan 6, 2014 2:25 PM

    Drop the fa├žade. Just let RG3 be head coach and QB.

  22. aldante66 says: Jan 6, 2014 2:35 PM

    Good move.

  23. tory707 says: Jan 6, 2014 9:01 PM

    I heard a rumor that George Allen was going to make a comeback.

  24. 32stork says: Jan 7, 2014 1:47 PM

    Stop the recycling of NFL coaches who have already been fired once, twice, three times. Franklin would be exceptional and one thing is sure, he would end the issue of influence or who is in charge vis a vis RG3. Franklin brooks no nonsense. Having said that, why would he leave a school where his players put their egos aside, the team GPA is higher than Skins average yards per gain and his players can talk about something besides ‘duh, football, man’?

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