Since the Redskins released Joe Barry last week, speculation has grown towards who the club will hire as the next defensive coordinator. The team announced via Twitter that former Browns head coach Mike Pettine interviewed for the position on Monday.
Pettine's tenure in Cleveland did not go well, but few coaches have succeeded in Cleveland. He went 10-22 in two seasons.
Prior to landing the head coaching job with the Browns, Pettine served as defensive coordinator with the Jets for four seasons and the Bills for one year. As a coordinator, Pettine's defenses never ranked below 10th in yards allowed, and he ran the No. 1 defense for yards allowed and points scored in 2009 with the Jets. Pettine's time with the Jets overlapped with head coach Rex Ryan.
Gus Bradley had been considered the leading contender for the 'Skins defensive coordinator spot, though the team has not officially said he's been interviewed. Other names linked to the job include internal candidate Greg Manusky. Both Bradley and Manusky have ties to either Scot McCloughan or Jay Gruden, or in Bradley's case, both.
Prior to the coordinator job with the Jets, Pettine served on the Ravens staff for seven seasons. He started as a video assistant in 2002 and had worked up to outside linebackers coach in 2008 before moving on to the Jets with Ryan.
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