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The Redskins defense under performed with Joe Barry as its coordinator, and in turn, Barry will be let go, along with the entire defensive staff.

The first report of that news comes from CBS' Jason La Canfora, but it's hardly a surprise. 

With Barry on the way out, it's time to look at names that might make sense for the 'Skins, and expect a lot more names to pop up as the coaching carousel heats up.

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  • Paul Guenther - He's worked on the coaching staff in Cincinnati for 12 seasons, and has been the D-coordinator with the Bengals for the last three seasons. Learning under defensive guru Marvin Lewis for much of that time, Guenther has familiarity with Jay Gruden from their days together with the Bengals. The Cincy D this season ranked in the Top 10 in points allowed and has been a strong group for some time.
  • Wade Phillips - This hire could make a lot of sense. Phillips has been one of the best at running defenses in the NFL for decades, and his son Wes works on the Redskins staff as tight ends coach. With Gary Kubiak resigning in Denver, Phillips has an expiring contract and questions about his future took the former head coach to Twitter to say, "Coaches life--unemployed to SB victory to unemployed in 3 years or less." Phillips also tweeted that he would like to stay in Denver, but who knows what that new staff will look like, and the appeal of possibly coaching with his son must have a major draw. 
  • Rex Ryan - This seems unlikely, but Ryan is certainly a strong defensive mind. He's also bombastic and loud, something the steadily progressing Redskins organization might not want to deal with.
  • Gus Bradley - One of the hottest names in the NFL a few seasons back as Seahawks defensive coordinator, things went bad for Bradley as the head coach in Jacksonville. Some players on the Jags, notably Jalen Ramsey said they felt "caged" by Bradley's system and the team defense struggled as a whole. A fresh start could be a big help for Bradley, who overlapped with Scot McCloughan while in the Pacific Northwest.
  • Vic Fangio - When the Redskins hired Barry in 2015, fans screamed because they wanted Fangio. At the time, Fangio had been running the 49ers defense, but he left when the team foolishly divorced itself from Jim Harbaugh. Currently running the Bears defense - that Bears defense that allowed the Redskins to post 41 points on over Christmas - word is Fangio's job is safe. For now.  
  • Greg Manusky - It's not a given that the Redskins will look for an internal hire, but if they do, Manusky is the name to watch. He goes back with Scot McCloughan to their days in San Francisco when Manusky was defensive coordinator for the 49ers and McCloughan ran the front office. 

Stay tuned.

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