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Mike Tomlin, David Shaw top Washington’s list of head coach candidates

Washington is looking for a new coach and owner Dan Snyder is aiming high.

Head coach David Shaw of the Stanford Cardinals walks on the sidelines in the first half against the Washington State Cougars at Martin Stadium on November 16, 2019 in Pullman, Washington. Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

Washington fired head coach Jay Gruden after a winless start to the season, and now owner Dan Snyder is aiming high for his replacement. Multiple reports have Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin atop Snyder’s wish list, and now we can add Stanford head coach David Shaw.

Shaw has regularly been coveted by owners, but Washington hopes his Raiders connection with head of football ops Bruce Allen can be the difference-maker, according to NFL reporter Jason La Canfora. Shaw has regularly spurned NFL opportunities to remain at Stanford, and there is no expectation that will change this year.

The Washington organization has been a disaster in recent year, and La Canfora is reporting Snyder might finally be prepared to make some of the front office changes that would be necessary to bring in a high-caliber coach. He has remained loyal to Bruce Allen in spite of numerous issues in the organization, and one has to wonder how much longer that will last.

Washington and Carolina are the only teams with a head coach opening, but that will change by the time Black Monday rolls around in late December. Multiple teams will likely make the now annual run at Shaw.