It is inevitable that whenever Bill Cowher decides he is ready to once again patrol an NFL sideline, franchises will be queuing up to secure his services.
The Redskins should definitely be amongst the pack. Like Gruden, Cowher is still relatively young for a head coach. Like Reid, Cowher has a well established and respected record of consistent success.
Cowher took over from the legendary Chuck Noll in 1992 and won the then AFC Central in his first season. Three years later Cowher's Steelers were unfortunate to lose to the Dallas Cowboys in a Super Bowl.
Three more AFC title game appearances followed, but Cowher seemed destined to never win the big one. But in 2005 he guided the Steelers from the Wildcard round to the Super Bowl.
After trouncing Mike Holmgren's Seattle Seahawks, Cowher finally got to lift the Lombardi trophy. He walked away at the end of the following season and his return has been highly anticipated ever since.
Cowher's teams won with dominant defense and his 3-4 expertise would certainly prove useful to the Redskins.
One of Cowher's best attributes was his ability to cope with the ever changing nature of the modern NFL. During his tenure, the Steelers routinely lost multiple star players via free agency.
But Cowher always managed to find and motivate suitable replacements. The cast of characters constantly changed, but Cowher ensured that the blueprint for success and the number of victories did not.
Most importantly, Cowher established a reputation as coach who was demanding, yet amenable to his players.
His passion and determination would lift the bleak mood and oppressive atmosphere that often seems to have surrounded players during Shanahan's time in charge.
Rumours of an imminent return to coaching for Cowher remain strong and the Redskins would likely face stiff competition.
But Cowher's ability to quickly produce and maintain a winner as well as creating a positive environment for success, makes him the ideal candidate for the Redskins.