The Cincinnati Bengals' misfortune could turn out to be the Washington Redskins' gain. The Redskins have requested permission to interview two Bengals' assistant coaches, now that their season is over.
The Redskins, along with three other teams, have requested permission to speak with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Minnesota, Tennessee and Detroit also requested permission, according to a league source. The Redskins do not yet have an interview scheduled with Gruden. They've also requested permission to speak with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, a league source told ESPN.
A league source said the Redskins might have interest in former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, currently the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. He, too, is available to be interviewed. The Redskins can interview coaches of teams still alive in the playoffs, but they can't hire them until their seasons are over.
The Redskins are interviewing New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday. They've already spoken to Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
The Redskins also have interest in Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, but no interview had yet been scheduled in part because he was going to be at the National Championship game Monday night.