Dan Synder is chasing another star.
Except this one isn’t a player past his prime or a free agent that’s bound to fail. According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Washington Redskins owner is hoping to land Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as the franchise’s new leader in 2020.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder, with his team having only won one game this season and his fanbase torn between anger and apathy, views Steelers coach Mike Tomlin as best candidate to help revive the franchise, according to numerous sources close to the situation, and is poised to try to acquire his services this offseason.
Snyder, who has long been a fan of Tomlin, has gotten to know the Super Bowl-winning coach more personally over the years, at league meetings and through several mutual friends and peers, and would be willing to give Tomlin a top-of-the-market salary and full authority over the organization, the sources said. He views Tomlin as the kind of coach, leader and face-of-the-franchise Washington sorely lacks -- the perfect point person with the media and sponsors and to help efforts to get a stadium built in downtown Washington, DC.
Tomlin is under contract in Pittsburgh for the 2020 season, so compensation would be required to make this happen. La Canfora believes Tomlin could be interested in the gig.
Some sources who know Tomlin well believe the opportunity in Washington could appeal to him on many levels. The team holds training camp in Richmond, Virginia, not far from Newport News where he grew up, and Tomlin has a son playing at the nearby University of Maryland. Tomlin, very loyal to his assistants, could get a bigger budget for them all in Washington as well. Of course, Tomlin also knows how even the best coaches to have come through Washington under Snyder have suffered, how the team has failed to sustain even a modicum of success under this owner, and how the Rooneys’ model in Pittsburgh has helped make the team an almost annual contender for a title.
For now, at least one side is trying to throw cold water on the idea of Tomlin to Washington.