WASHINGTON — This is something Redskins fans aren’t yet completely used to, but it’s starting to become the norm: The Redskins’ decision-makers are becoming the league’s envy.
General Manager Scot McCloughan is widely regarded as one of the best in the league at what he does, especially when it comes to scouting. Bill Callahan, the team’s offensive line coach, is considered one of the best in the league at what he does.
Defensive Coordinator Joe Barry didn’t have the strongest reputation when he was brought in before the 2015 season, but he improved the defense in most areas despite a bevy of injuries up and down the unit. The organization has gotten plenty of credit for the hire that was something of a head-scratcher a year ago.
And the cream of the crop, in a way, is 30-year-old Offensive Coordinator Sean McVay. McVay, who has worked his way up in the coaching ranks over time, took over play-calling duties last season, his second season as the offensive coordinator. The Redskins responded by putting together their best offensive season since at least 2012, led by first-time starting quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Now, SI’s Andy Benoit says McVay is “the NFL’s best head coaching candidate.”
Head coach Jay Gruden says of McVay, per Benoit, “He’ll be a head coach a lot sooner than people think.”
McVay worked his way up to offensive coordinator from tight ends coach, a job he held from 2011-2013. In 2010, he was an offensive assistant with the Redskins. In 2017, he could be a head coach. Not bad for a guy who was a preteen when the Redskins won their last Super Bowl.