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Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Gruden interviews; Franklin won't

By John Keim

The Washington Redskins interviewed their sixth candidate Wednesday when they spoke to Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. But it's uncertain when the next potential coach will be interviewed. Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin was set to interview with the Redskins, according to John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation, but that's no longer the case, wrote ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Franklin is considered a leading candidate to take over the vacant Penn State job, but he also had interest in the NFL and already had interviewed with the Houston Texans.

As for Gruden, he's still scheduled to interview with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday and will meet with the Detroit Lions later in the week. It's possible his interview with the Lions won't take place until the weekend after a grueling week of meeting with three other teams (he was in Tennessee on Tuesday). The Redskins also are interested in San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

Gruden is considered a leading contender for the Redskins job, in part because of the connections he has in Washington on the coaching staff and front office.