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Lovie Smith's reputation has been inflated since the Chicago Bears let him go.
Several touted names won't appear on the final list. The most obvious exclusion is Lovie Smith.
The ex-Chicago Bears head coach's reputation has been inflated since he was let go after a 10-6 season in 2012. While it is tough on any coach to get the boot after a winning campaign, that record shouldn't obscure many of Smith's failures in The Windy City.
For instance, he made the playoffs just three times in nine seasons. He let key areas of the team age and fall into decline, specifically the offensive line.
Smith also took far too long to acquire a credible quarterback to complement his stingy defenses. Most concerning was how he kept failing assistants like Mike Tice around for too long.
Washington fans know better than most how a coach's stubborn faith in below-par assistants can cost a team.
While there is no room for Smith, there is also no place for ESPN analyst Jon Gruden. He is currently linked with the Texas Longhorns coaching vacancy.
He also seems tough to lure from the announcing booth back to a pro sideline. Fans should also be wary about how Gruden's spiky, combative demeanour would mesh with Griffin.
Speaking of Griffin, the links with his college coach, Baylor's Art Briles, are a little too convenient and potentially dangerous. The Redskins shouldn't pursue a head coach purely based on his suitability for Griffin.
Despite Briles' ability, that is the message his hiring would send to the rest of the team. It is a message that could lead to trouble.
Bleacher Reports' Mike Freeman recently reported that some within the franchise are "concerned" about Griffin's "closeness" to owner Dan Snyder.
It's easy to envisage similar concerns about Griffin working alongside the man who coached him in college.
Of course, Briles is not the only collegiate boss the Redskins might covet. But the best option from those ranks is Stanford's David Shaw, and he seems intent on staying at Palo Alto, according to USA Today Sports, citing the Associated Press.
Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin is another promising college prospect, but his new contract, complete with a hefty buyout clause, rules him out.