Briles curious how O would fare in NFL

December, 31, 2013
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Baylor coach Art Briles professed love for his university and pointed out that he had not interviewed for another job since arriving at the school six years ago. And he told reporters at the Fiesta Bowl he hasn’t had any contact with the Washington Redskins or any other NFL team.

That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t be interested in an NFL job. It’s debatable how much the Redskins have interest in Briles, who coached quarterback Robert Griffin III in college. It would put Griffin in an awkward spot, something the organization apparently understands. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t happen. It does mean they’ll look at plenty of other candidates.

But Briles did tell reporters in Arizona that he is intrigued by the NFL.

“If we're just being honest, which I like to be, the thing that would interest me would be our style of play at that level,” Briles said. “That's the only thing that would attract anybody I think in a position that I'm in, would be the style of play.

“I like how we play from a philosophical, schematic standpoint. I know the rules are different. The limitations on the number of people available in a game. To me that works to an advantage. If they have 46 guys available, there's going to be a few of them getting tired on one side of the ball.”

Former Redskins coach Steve Spurrier once upon a time had a similar desire, to see how his prolific college offense fared in the NFL. Turns out the NFL was about players, not schemes. There’s more to coaching than schemes, of course, and Spurrier wasn’t prepared for that aspect.

“That would be the only thing that would spark my interest a little bit on that end,” Briles said. “But it's not something I would pursue.”

There’s a job open in Washington and a quarterback he once coached and an acknowledged interest in the NFL. I think his pursuit just began. Also, CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora has reported a couple times that Briles would be interested in the Redskins' job.

“You can't control what other people say or do, but you can live your life, and time always tells,” Briles said. “That's kind of the way that deal goes.”

John Keim

ESPN Washington Redskins reporter

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