Mike Tomlin’s coaching career might wind through the nation’s capital if Dan Snyder has his way.
The Pittsburgh Steelers head coach is the Washington Redskins owner’s preferred candidate to replace Jay Gruden on his team’s sideline, according to CBS’ Jason La Canfora.
“I firmly believe that Dan Snyder’s primary objective in his next coaching hire will be to find a way to acquire Mike Tomlin from the Steelers,” La Canfora tweeted Monday. “We’ll see how feasible that may be.”
A source who knows Snyder well told ESPN’s Ed Werder on Monday that Tomlin’s name will appear on “any list of candidates” the Redskins consider for their head coaching vacancy.
The Redskins fired Gruden on Monday morning, mere hours after their Week 5 loss to the New England Patriots dropped their record to 0-5. Offensive line coach/assistant head coach Bill Callahan will serve as the Redskins’ interim head coach, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Monday, citing a source. Regardless of what the ‘Skins do next, their search for Gruden’s long-term replacement almost certainly will be a dominant storyline for the rest of their season.
Tomlin has coached the Steelers since 2007. He led the team to a Super Bowl title in his second season in charge and brought Pittsburgh back to the Super Bowl in the 2010 season. However, the Steelers missed the playoffs in 2018, and their 1-4 start to the 2019 campaign has cast doubt over Tomlin’s long-term future in Pittsburgh.
Tomlin’s contract with the Steelers runs until 2021, so Snyder would have to compensate Pittsburgh in order to bring him to Washington before then. That is, unless the Steelers fire Tomlin or he steps down.