I'v been extremely frustrated with the lack of news regarding the DC search, but something dawned on me. I know I might be pointing out the obvious, but it seems like the front runer for the job is still coaching (i.e. on a a playoff team).
Everyone in the local media is calling Frank Bush the front runner for the job, and all of their reasoning makes sense. I wouldn't be really frustrated if Bush got hired, although I, like everyone, am scared of his association with Richard Smith as well as the uncertainty of what his scheme would entail.
The one hole in that argument is, if he is the front runner, why hasn't he already been promoted? He already coaches within your organization, all it would take is a simple press conference. If he is eventually going to be hired, it would make more sense to do it as soon as possible so he would have as much of a jump on planning for the off season, free agency and the draft.
I think that the overall silence by the front office shows that they're holding out for someone specific. The only coach they've intervied since firing Richard Smith was Rob Marinelli, and that was presumably for the deffensive line coach position. Meanwhile, teams like Green Bay have interviewed everyone available, i.e. Mike Nolan and Gregg Williams. It sounds like the front office has one specific person in mind, and if it doesn't work out then they will promote Bush.
I really hope the mystery candidate is Sean McDermott. According to Profootballtalk.com, the Packers are interested in him as well, but you would think we would have a slight edge based on our personnel already in place. The two things that a Jim Johnsonesque Defense requires above all else are good DE(s) (Mario) and a smart/fast MLB (Demeco). I'm aware that McDermott is unproven, but his background as a secondary coach could really help our achilles heel, and I salivate over instituting a scheme that utilizes that much pressure.
I guess we'll see if I'm right in the next few weeks.