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Redskins rumors: Lovie Smith, Jay Gruden among candidates to replace Mike Shanahan

Rumors of potential coaching candidates are emerging in Washington in the wake of Shanahan's firing.

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With the long Mike Shanahan drama having finally concluded with the coach's firing on Monday, the Redskins are turning their attention to the future.

The Redskins' coaching shortlist is likely to include Jay Gruden, Mike Zimmer, Lovie Smith and David Shaw, Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting.

Gruden and Zimmer are the current offensive and defensive coordinators, receptively, for the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals have been one of the most balanced teams in the league this season, finishing with an 11-5 record and capturing the AFC North, so it's no surprise their assistants are garnering attention.

Per NFL rules, assistant coaches can't be interviewed by other teams until after wild card weekend.

The Redskins won't have to interview Smith, who is currently out of the NFL after spending nine seasons as the head coach of the Chicago Bears. In fact, Smith has already interviewed with the Houston Texans and is one of the hottest names in the NFL coaching search.

Schefter reported the Redskins have inquired about Shaw, the current head coach at Stanford, through a third party. Shaw, who is preparing his Cardinals to play in the Rose Bowl, said Monday he doesn't plan on interviewing with any NFL teams, according to Mike Huguenin of NFL.com.

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