Redskins Defensive Coordinator Rumors



Jason La Canfora mentions that former 49ers DC Vic Fangio and DBs coach Ed Donatell could both accept positions with the Redskins as early as tomorrow morning.

Fangio met with the Redskins this past weekend, but ultimately left without a deal in place. However, Washington appears to be Fangio’s best option, even though he does have interest from other NFL teams.

Bringing Fangio and Donatell aboard would be a huge addition for a Redskins defense that has been largely disappointing the past few years.

This brings the list of potential candidates to:

  • Former 49ers DC Vic Fangio
  • Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris
  • Former Cardinals DC Clancy Pendergast
  • Former Texans DC Wade Phillips
  • Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry
  • 49ers TEs coach Eric Mangini.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins have interviewed former Cardinals DC Clancy Pendergast for their defensive coordinator position.


According to Dianna Marie Russini, former 49ers DC Vic Fangio’s meeting with the Redskins has concluded without him signing any deal.

  • Russini adds that Fangio doesn’t have an interview scheduled with the Raiders as of now.

There are reportedly more teams interested in Fangio, so we’ll have to see who he meets with next.


Dianna Marie Russini reports that Vic Fangio is currently meeting with the Redskins, but he’s scheduled to leave Washington this afternoon.


John Keim reports that the Redskins meeting with Vic Fangio regarding their defensive coordinator position will continue into Sunday.

Keim’s Source adds that this was part of the plan all along, and today’s meeting will end up being a long interview.


Jason La Canfora confirms that former 49ers DC Vic Fangio is meeting with the Redskins tonight.

According to La Canfora, Washington has “very serious” intentions of adding him as their new defensive coordinator.

  • Dianna Marie Russini reported earlier in the day that Fangio was set to meet with the Redskins after he visited with the Bears.

Fangio has reportedly drawn interest from a number of teams since he became available, but you would have to think that the Redskins are serious players for his services.


Dianna Marie Russini reports that former 49ers DC Vic Fangio will meet with the Chicago Bears regarding their offensive coordinator position.

According to Russini, the plan for Fangio is to interview the Redskins after he sits down with the Bears.


Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins will interview former 49ers DC Vic Fangio for their defensive coordinator position, possibly on Saturday.

According to Ian Rapoport, Fangio’s biggest supporter within the Redskins is GM Scot McCloughan. Though, he doesn’t have strong ties to HC Jay Gruden and his hire would be a departure of sorts from their current approach.

  • Last night, Jason La Canfora repored that there is still a “very good probability” Fangio and DBs coach Ed Donatell both end up in Washington.
  • Meanwhile, Dianna Marie Russini reported yesterday that former Fangio remains “in the mix” for the Redskins defensive coordinator position.

Washington has already added former Cowboys OC Bill Callahan as offensive line coach and getting Fangio to run their defense would be another huge addition to their coaching staff.

Previous reports had said that the Redskins were expected to hire Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry, but it appears as though this was premature.


Mike Jones reports that there are no updates regarding the Redskins defensive coordinator search.

However, Jones adds that it remains unclear if they have set up an interview with former 49ers DC Vic Fangio.

According to Jones, Washington does have interest in possibly hiring Fangio as their defensive coordinator, which fits with numerous reports.

Jones admits that the Redskins could still end up with Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry as defensive coordinator.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that 49ers DC Vic Fangio is a “late entry” into the Redskins’ search for a new defensive coordinator.

This fits with a suggestion from Jason La Confora who mentioned last night that he expects the Redskins to look at Fangio for their vacant defensive coordinator position.

La Canfora later added that Washington would be smart if they could get Fangio and Ed Donatell on their coaching staff.

New GM Scot McCloughan has ties to the 49ers and is obviously familiar with Fangio, so this really could be something to watch in the coming days.


Dianna Marie Russini, citing sources close to Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry and those involved in hiring  process, reports that Washington has yet to Barry as their new defensive coordinator.

However, John Keim mentions that some redskins assistants “clearly expect” Barry to get the job.


John Keim of ESPN is reporting that no decision has been made regarding the Redskins defensive coordinator position as of now.

Zac Boyer confirms that there is no agreement in place with Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry as of now, but he could be the front-runner for the job.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Redskins plan to hire Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry as their new defensive coordinator.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins are interviewing DBs coach Raheem Morris Tuesday for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Ian Rapoport confirms Morris’ meeting with the team and adds that this is likely their last interview for the position.

  • Rapoport also mentions that it sounds like Washington could be deciding between Morris or Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry.

According to Tarik El-Bashir, the Redskins would like to have interviews for their defensive coordinator position wrapped up in the next few days and hire made by end of the week.


Dianna Marie Russini reports that the Redskins will interview 49ers TEs coach Eric Mangini regarding their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Although Mangini has recently worked on the offensive side of San Francisco’s coaching staff, he was previously the secondary coach and defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots before taking head-coaching positions with the Jets and Browns.

Mangini has also come up as a potential head-coaching candidate for the Oakland Raiders.


According to John Keim, Washington will bring in Wade Phillips for an interview regarding their vacant defensive coordinator position on Thursday.

  • Ian Rapoport reports that 49ers DBs coach Ed Donatell will interview with the team on Wednesday.
  • Rapoport adds that Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry has been in Washington the past two days interviewing with the Redskins.


Jason La Canfora reports that there is a “strong sense” with the Redskins organization that Wade Phillips is “well positioned” to be their next defensive coordinator.

  • According to La Canfora, Phillips has “ample support” within the organization.

Phillips has plenty of experience running a 3-4 defense and has even produced good results as a defensive coordinator in recent years. He lasted coached for the Houston Texans and led a defense that finished No. 7 overall in total years allowed during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins tried to interview Bills DC Jim Schwartz for their defensive coordinator vacancy, but Washington was ultimately denied permission to speak with Schwartz.

  • Schefter adds that 49ers DBs coach Ed Donatell and Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry are both in play for the job.

Previous reports indicated that Schwartz is likely to get an interview for the Bills head coaching position.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Redskins will interview former Texans DC Wade Phillips at some point this week for their  defensive coordinator opening.

  • Jason La Canfora reports that 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell’s interview with the Redskins will take place early next week.
  • La Canfora adds that Donatell could be Vic Fangio’s defensive coordinator if he gets the 49ers’ job.

This is the first reported interest in Phillips since he was fired last year.


Chris Russell of ESPN 980 reports that the Redskins have been denied permission to speak to 49ers DC Vic Fangio.

However, Ian Rapoport reports that San Francisco did receive permission to speak with 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell about their defensive coordinator vacancy.

Rapoport adds that this is “big” for Washington, as the 49ers previously blocked him from interviewing with the Saints two years ago.

Albert Breer reports that the Chargers have also granted the Redskins permission to interview LB coach Joe Barry for their defensive coordinator job.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Redskins have begun to setup interviews for their defensive coordinator vacancy.

According to Schefter, Washington plans to interview 49ers DC Vic Fangio, 49ers defensive backs coach Ed Donatell and Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry.

Fangio is reportedly an internal candidate to takeover as the 49ers head coach now that Jim Harbaugh has departed for the University of Michigan.

Yesterday, the Redskins announced that they had “parted ways” with DC Jim Haslett, which came as little surprise given that their defensive unit had shown little signs of improvement this season.

Since taking the job in 2010, Haslett’s defenses have ranked 21st in points allowed or worse in each season

We’ll have updates regarding who the Redskins could hire as a replacement as the news is available.

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5 years ago

Ive been screaming for 4 years he needed to go. destroyed a top 5 4-3 defense and rueined DC Footballs only small simblence of happines. The defence. Sorry ass!