WASHINGTON — This shouldn’t surprise anybody who’s been reading the reports over the past few months of Sean McVay’s eventual coaching prospects, but the Redskins’ offensive coordinator has lined up another interview for a head coaching job.
After first setting up an interview with the Los Angeles Rams, McVay is now set to interview with the San Francisco 49ers.
The Rams fired head coach Jeff Fisher shortly before the season ended, and the 49ers fired both head coach Chip Kelly and GM Trent Baalke immediately after their season ended. San Francisco has now fired two head coaches — Kelly and Jim Tomsula — after just one season apiece. The firing of Baalke suggests the team is ready for a fresh start, in theory one that might last more than a season.
McVay, 30, was expected to be one of the most intriguing head coach candidates this offseason, and early into the official offseason, that prediction has proven accurate.
There is no word yet on who would replace McVay as the Redskins’ offensive coordinator if he were to be hired elsewhere, but the likeliest scenario would probably be the team hiring from within.
Offensive line coach Bill Callahan was the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders from 1998 to 2001 before becoming their head coach, then he was the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach of the Dallas Cowboys from 2012 to 2014. Quarterbacks coach Matt Cavanaugh has previously served as the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and Baltimore Ravens. Both will likely be considered for McVay’s position if he were to be hired by another team, and Washington could also explore hiring somebody from outside the organization.
McVay might still line up additional interviews, as six total teams are without a head coach at present — the Rams, 49ers, Broncos, Jaguars, Bills and Chargers. The Houston Texans could also fire head coach Bill O’Brien once their season ends, and the NFL.com coaching tracker lists five other coaches as appearing to be safe, implying those five are candidates to be fired.
That means as many as 12 teams could, in theory, have an opening at head coach, though it’s unlikely more than seven will; that means McVay could realistically get several more interviews this offseason.