Before Art Briles signed that shiny 10-year contract with Baylor, a source told me he was gone if he was offered the Washington Redskins job.
But then Briles signed that contract that would keep him through 2023, and made him one of the 10 highest-paid coaches in the nation. That should have made Briles a Bear until retirement, but there is a scary little man — who suffers from the worst case of Napoleonic complex in the NFL — that could ruin the good thing going on in Waco.
The Redskins are once again a total mess, and according to a report by CBSSports.com, they will “likely” target Briles after Little Danny Snyder cans Mike Shanahan and his offensive coordinating son. And this is happening.
Snyder has screwed up many good things before, so if you are Baylor be afraid. Danny is going to make that call, and he doesn’t care about buyout clauses.
Art would be wise to say, “No, thanks,” but many a good man has tried before to conquer Mount Snyder because his ego is convinced he can be the one to make the Redskins right again. You wouldn’t know it from Snyder’s tenure as owner of the Redskins, but this once was the most distinguished franchise in all of football.
What Briles has done in Waco compares with Gary Patterson at TCU and Bill Snyder at Kansas State, but it’s still not as difficult as the Washington Redskins. Snyder is the worst.
The power and support Briles has as an FBS coach in Waco is enormous; he can do whatever he wants in that town. With the Redskins, he would be working for one of the most meddlesome, thin-skinned dopes the league has ever seen. It bears repeating: Snyder is the worst.
Snyder is also in a panic — his meal-ticket quarterback is a mess, and after giving up the world to draft Robert Griffin III, he needs a sure thing to cure his franchise QB. The Redskins are 3-10, and the NFL’s rookie darling from a year ago is the team-crashing diva with the difficult daddy. This needs to be fixed.
RGIII may be benched in favor of Kirk Cousins. The Redskins did not give up umpteen draft selections to put RGIII on the bench in favor of Kirk Cousins.
On paper, Briles makes some sense for the Redskins. No one did more for RGIII than Briles, and hiring college coaches into the NFL is suddenly OK again.
Unlike when Snyder hired Steve Spurrier away from Florida to run his team into the ground, Briles will actually coach football and not take chip shots while the defense practices (this happened). The man can coach ball.
The Eagles are in first place in the NFC East with Chip Kelly, and Briles is every bit Kelly’s coaching equal. He is the hottest name in college, and Snyder needs to do something big.
The national perception is that Briles “handled” the delicate care package that is RGIII. This includes his family, and his “team.” That RGIII was a difficult diva that only Briles could manage.
Don’t buy all of that, but daddies of NFL QBs can be as difficult as a soccer mom. RGIII’s dad does not need to be checking in on his son at halftime, as has been reported. His son is a grown man, and they can meet up after the game like everybody else.
If Little Danny Snyder is giving RGIII the keys to the mansion that includes all-access to the toys that other players do not enjoy, that’s stupid but not unoriginal.
The whole thing is a mess, and perhaps for the first time the massive fan base that buys tickets to Redskins games has had enough and will stop buying Little Danny’s overpriced product. He needs something to inspire his customers again, and Briles — on paper — could do that.
And if it were any other owner, Briles would be wise to seriously think about leaving Baylor because there are only 32 NFL head coaching jobs. The chance to coach RGIII again would be fun.
But the specter of coaching under Little Danny Snyder is daunting — no one can win with this fool in charge. Some advice: Stay put. Be rich to coach football in Waco. Enjoy the free cheeseburgers and peanut butter milkshakes at Health Camp.
When the phone call comes from Snyder, just tell him you’ve already got a job.