Redskins have strong interest in Ron Rivera and could also shake up front office this offseason
Other options under consideration include Marvin Lewis, Todd Bowles and Urban Meyer
Washington owner Daniel Snyder is open to a wide-scale reshaping of his football operations department as part of his ongoing head coaching search, sources said, and has strong interest in former Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Snyder's primary objective would be to acquire the rights to Mike Tomlin's contract from the Steelers, league sources maintain, though he views the odds of completing such a trade to be remote at best. In the interim, he has weighed Rivera for his opening, as well as former Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles and former college coach Urban Meyer, sources said.
Longtime team president Bruce Allen's future remains in doubt, with him potentially moved to a non-football role or fired as soon as Monday, the sources said. Rivera is expected to have several options for future employment, and would be hesitant to enter into any quick arrangement with Washington. Lewis, Williams and Bowles all have former ties to the organization and/or Snyder. Snyder is working essentially alone on this search, sources said, not involving other members of his current football operations staff in the endeavor.
There has been persistent chatter in league circles that Snyder has already met with multiple candidates; he denied that through Washington's public relations department. With Allen's future in doubt, Snyder has also done research on several personnel executives, sources said, with former Texans GM Rick Smith and former Washington exec Louis Riddick (now with ESPN) among those on his radar.
This has not been an attractive job in the past, with the team struggling in all facets since Snyder took over two decades ago and failing to come close to winning consistently. Snyder is a big proponent of rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a first-round pick, and is also high on members of his offensive staff, including offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell and interim head coach Bill Callahan. Keeping them on staff is a distinct possibility, which could further lead the team to end up hiring a head coach with more of a defensive background (Rivera, Williams, Bowles and Lewis are all on that side of the ball).
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
NFL teams are prohibited from any in-person prospect meetings ahead of the draft
With Tom Brady on the Bucs, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer are the only two QBs on New England's...
Dempsey also battled Alzheimer's disease and dementia since 2012
The Jaguars take the first wide receiver in this draft, changing up the draft board for receiver-needy...
Wolfe wants to be on the Ravens well past this year
Clowney, a three-time Pro Bowler, will be the prized edge rusher on the market if he hits free...
Breaking down the latest rumors, news, signings and trades across the NFL
Check out all the picks made during the CBS Sports HQ three-hour mock draft special
Live scores, highlights and updates from the Jaguars vs. Colts football game