Is the Redskins’ search for a defensive coordinator going into overtime? There was a report Wednesday morning that they had decided to hire Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry for the job. After the report was met with a very negative reaction by many Redskins fans, it appeared that the process stopped. Local reporters said that no decision had been made.
So how do things stand this morning? It appears that Barry, whose two years of experience as a defensive coordinator for the Lions were not very successful, is still the favorite to get the job. However, there may be other possibilities brewing.
Shortly after the Redskins started their search to fill Jim Haslett’s job they requested an interview with Vic Fangio, the 49ers defensive coordinator. At the time they were denied permission as Fangio was still being considered for the 49ers head coaching job after they parted ways with Jim Harbaugh.
That job was filled late yesterday when the 49ers named a coach on Fangio’s staff, defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, as their head coach. The move releases Fangio from his contract and he is free to talk to anyone?
Will he talk to the Redskins? Prior to the Tomsula elevation to head coach became official, Jason La Canfora tweeted that Fangio could “quickly emerge as a DC candidate for the Skins.”
La Canfora later brought up the possibility that both Fangio and Ed Donatell, the 49ers secondary coach who interviewed for the Redskins defensive coordinator job last week, could come to Washington along with Fangio.
If Skins are smart and handle this well they could have Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell on staff running their D. They should make it happen— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2015
Whether this is some informed speculation or something more than that is unclear. But in any case Barry may well be the leader and could end up getting the job but it appears that the Redskins are continuing to explore their options.