With the news that Vic Fangio left Redskins Park on Sunday without an offer to become Washington’s defensive coordinator, there are many questions about where the team’s search to fill the position stands after nearly three weeks.
Unfortunately, there aren’t very many answers.
Fangio has not taken a job elsewhere so he remains in play. According to ESPN 980 he is in the “thinking process”. Perhaps the Redskins and the former 49ers defensive coordinator decided to take some time to sleep on it and think about if the relationship would work. Maybe everything else seemed good but the money wasn’t right. Or perhaps Fangio and Jay Gruden, Bruce Allen, Scot McCloughan and other key players are Redskins Park just didn’t click personally and/or philosophically and decided that it wasn’t going to work.
Is what seemed to be Plan A for the job last week, Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry, now Plan B if Fangio goes in another direction? Has the team turned away from the former Lions’ defensive coordinator after an explosion of negative fan reaction last week? Or did they just decide that they could do better?
Again, a lot of questions with no answers.
What we do know is that all of the candidates who we know have interviewed with the Redskins—Fangio, Barry, Wade Phillips, Clancy Pendergast, Raheem Morris, Ed Donatell, and Eric Mangini—are still available to be hired.
Today is a soft deadline for getting a coordinator in place. Senior Bowl activities start in Mobile tomorrow and that’s a good place for a defensive coordinator to look at college talent for the draft and pass along his feedback to McCloughan and to find some key assistants. They don’t have to make up their minds today but if they have all of the information they need it would be a good time to pick a candidate and make an offer.