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Report: Redskins Have Interest In Bengals LB Coach Paul Guenther

Update:

Adam Caplan continues to hear that the Redskins new HC Jay Gruden has interest in Bengals LB coach Paul Guenther.

Caplan adds that the Bengals could, however, block Washington from hiring Guenther as they reportedly have him pegged as a replacement for DC Mike Zimmer if he were to accept a head-coaching position.

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Adam Caplan reports that the Redskins are not set on a specific candidate for defensive coordinator at this point in time.

  • Caplan mentions that there are some obvious favorites for the job, but nothing is “set in stone yet.
  • According to Caplan, Bengals LB coach Paul Guenther is “high on Jay Gruden’s list.”

As of now, the candidates for defensive coordinator appear to be Jim Haslett and Raheem Morris. 

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Now that the Redskins have agreed to hire former Bengals OC Jay Gruden as their new head coach, there was some question as to who his coordinators will be.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins are expected to promote Tight ends coach Sean McVay to offensive coordinator.

He was a part of Gruden’s first staff while they were with the UFL’s Florida Tuskers, so he is more than familiar with Gruden and his offensive philosophy.

Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports reports Jim Haslett is expected to remain the team’s defensive coordinator job, despite the fact that the unit has struggled mightily in recent years.

  • Adam Schefter reports that Bengals LB coach Paul Guenther is likely to get consideration for Redskins defensive coordinator job as well.

To be honest, the decision to possibly keep Haslett is fairly surprising given that the Redskins finished the season No. 30 in points allowed and looked be over matched for much of the year.

Adam Schefter reports Redskins defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is a possibility for the defensive coordinator post.

Morris was the head coach of the Buccaneers before joining the Redskins and is highly regarded by the team’s players. Even after Tampa Bay fired him, he found a lot of interest as a coordinator, so we’ll have to see which way they go here.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports Haslett could be their choice with regards to the defensive coordinator positions, but they are expected to retain Morris as well.

We’ll have more as the news is available.

  • jdouble777

    Seriously, look up Jim Haslett on pro football reference…then click on the team name of the teams he was coaching and it gives you their defense rank right at the top. You can quickly go down the list. He inherited the Saints in 2000 which produced 10th ranked defense in points allowed. He was finally fired and out of coaching for one season until the Rams names him head coach in 2008 where he lasted one season going 2-10 and fielding the 31st ranked defense. Then he went to Washington and here are the ranks:

    2000 10th (Fletcher in STL)
    2001 27th
    2002 26th
    2003 14th
    2004 27th
    2005 28th
    2006 28th
    2007 31st
    2008 31st
    2009 NOT A COACH
    2010 21st
    2011 21st
    2012 22th
    2013 30th

    His average minus the season in which he walked into a competent defense that worked despite him, seasons 2001-2013 is….drum roll….
    **25.5**

    What does this guy do to keep his job? It is absolutely shocking to me!

  • jdouble777

    Keep Haslett???? What the hell is this guy doing for Bruce Allen, so sick of it…my whole life…

    • NFL Trade Rumors

      There is still a chance that Haslett could be replaced, but it’s somewhat surprising to see that there are even considering bringing him back for another season.

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