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Art Briles to Redskins could happen more easily than most expect

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While many reports suggest that Baylor coach Art Briles would not leave the program under any circumstances, and Briles himself has denied any potential interest in the possible Washington Redskins opening, league sources continue to suggest that Briles would be open to an approach from owner Daniel Snyder and the allure of reuniting with his Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, Robert Griffin III, in the NFL, is not lost on him.

Briles, who is currently focused on recruiting at the school, would have interest in the Redskins' job under certain circumstances, sources said, and some believe he could put together an NFL-caliber staff as well, without having to overly rely on his contemporaries at Baylor. Snyder is widely expected to fire coach Mike Shanahan at the end of the season, with his team again at the bottom of the NFL East standings and Shanahan's relations with RG3 in tatters and issues with his staff, and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in particular, no secret at Redskins Park.

Art Briles was RG3's coach at Baylor. (USATSI)
Art Briles was RG3's coach at Baylor. (USATSI)

Griffin and his parents are big supporters of Briles and clearly a big part of the Redskins' job will be getting the franchise quarterback back to the level at which he played in 2012, when he spearheaded an improbable run of seven-straight victories to get Washington a division title. It was the lone bright spot since Shanahan took over the team.

While Briles lacks an NFL pedigree, sources said he could link himself with a defensive coordinator with head-coaching experience, maybe even experience already coaching for Snyder (which can be highly complicated), with some speculating about Gregg Williams or Mike Nolan in such a role (both former Redskins defensive coordinators). Snyder has had difficulty getting overly experienced coaches to take his head coaching job in the past, and his options could again be limited in 2014 if he makes a chance.

Many are outwardly writing off Briles having any interest in the position, but the more I research the possibility the more I am led to believe that is anything but the case.

 
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