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Is the Redskins’ defensive coordinator search in overtime?

Jan 15, 2015, 6:43 AM EDT


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.

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.

  1. gasngo14 - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:14 AM

    Rich, Thanks for an update on our DC position! Once again Dan needs to throw the wallet at both Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell. This would top off Dan’s best off season ever.. we all know about his love affair for having the Big Splash and this type of move would send another tidal wave across the league. GET IT DONE DAN, HTTR!!!

  2. Stephfan - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    If the skins are smart that’s what they will do

  3. Tom - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    “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”

    I when I heard the news about the 40’whiners, my first thought was get Fangio and how great would it be if he brought Donatell with him.
    Come on Skins make it happen!!
    We need someone that has show that can coach a good defense, not another tampa alumnus.

    • Tom - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:23 AM

      “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”

      I when I heard the news about the 40’whiners, my first thought was get Fangio and how great would it be if he brought Donatell with him.
      Come on Skins make it happen!!
      We need someone that has shown that they can coach a good defense, not another tampa alumnus.

      Corrected–it is early in Cal., sorry

  4. alextwrs - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    I dont think anyone was excited to hear about the Joe Barry situation. Please take advantage of this opportunity redskin Brass.

  5. nomaan78 - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:37 AM

    Anybody but Barry!!!!! 0-16 then could have been 0-16 again if it weren’t for us Redskins LOL. SMH how Redskins were going after a proven failure.

  6. nomaan78 - Jan 15, 2015 at 7:39 AM

    Wade Phillips tops my list
    Then Shwartz from Detroit
    Then Vic from 49ers
    Definitely Gregg Williams if he is available and Snyder and him have kissed and made up.

  7. sidepull - Jan 15, 2015 at 8:15 AM

    I heard the idea floated that Barry is the candidate simply because he poses no problems for Gruden. If Gruden were too falter no qualified interim would be able to jump in and run the team. Guys like Shwartz, Philips, and to a lesser extent Fanagio could pose that kind of threat. Sounds like a reach but why on earth are they in such a hurry that they would shut down a DC search that has involved more qualified candidates than Barry? I am hoping it is all a smoke screen aka the Fasell hire/no hire

    • gasngo14 - Jan 15, 2015 at 8:26 AM

      Well on the other hand he would be a BIG problem for Gruden if Barry were to perform like he has in the past, not sure it would be a very wise move for JG based on your theory!

      • hk2000 - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:57 AM

        Gruden doesn’t need any help to stink, no sir he can do it all by himself thank you very much!!

    • bowlregard - Jan 15, 2015 at 8:38 AM

      This idea that Gruden might feel threatened by highly qualified assistants is disturbing. It would go to character. But apparently Barry interviewed very well. It seems to me that the Redskins sometimes put too much emphasis on how well a candidate interviews. Jim Zorn interviewed very well.

  8. tralfaz10 - Jan 15, 2015 at 8:53 AM

    If the Redskins are smart…the McCloughan hire was smart…let’s not dumb ourselves up now by hiring Mr. 0-16.

  9. mr.moneylover - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:23 AM

    Adam S. Reporting redskins are considering vic fanigo as the new DC … he just became they number one option

    • mr.moneylover - Jan 15, 2015 at 10:24 AM

      When I seen the rumor that we hire barry…my first words was ohhh no jay gruden just got his self fired…lol

  10. jscx3 - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:34 AM

    If this happens, that is getting Fangio would be awesome!! When I saw that it might be Barry, I was disappointed. They make a great front office move and follow with a dud. I hope they get their man. No skins fan wants Barry!

  11. lorcanbonda - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    “If Redskins are smart … ” it would be extremely unusual in Dan Snyder-land.

  12. jay - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    they should go after both of them I know the new gm would

  13. deepball1 - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:53 AM

    Jim Harbaugh, after the 49ers victory over the Redskins this year, laid out a low blow punch by stating that the 49ers don’t snipe at one another and are a close knit team without all the drama…………….


  14. dcwun - Jan 15, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    Looks like Joe Barry was “Fasseled” by the fan reaction. If Gruden is worried about other coaches on his d taffeta then he clearly isn’t ready for this opportunity. Surround yourself with the best coaches you can get.

  15. hk2000 - Jan 15, 2015 at 10:01 AM

    It won’t matter, this time next year, we’ll have -or be in search of – a new coach. Let them hire Barry, then next year, we can clean house of all TB trash.

  16. bangkokben - Jan 15, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    I was making fun of my friend, a Packers fan, when they hired Mike McCarthy the 49er offensive coordinator from the 30something ranked offense.

    Guess who’s laughing now.

  17. rasta028 - Jan 15, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    What’s the hurry Rich?

  18. red - Jan 15, 2015 at 11:10 AM

    Any chance we interview Dick Lebeau?

  19. alextwrs - Jan 15, 2015 at 11:34 AM

    Would love it if we picked up Lebeau for a LB coaching pos. Froom what they are saying, he is willing to lower his standards now that he is not getting any DC offers. He was the spirit in that lockerroom, and often times (during important games) made motivating speeches to the entire team not Tomlin.

  20. alextwrs - Jan 15, 2015 at 11:43 AM

    Man skins org really screwed up letting Greg Williams go and hiring Zorn. That set em back about 8 years.

    • alextwrs - Jan 15, 2015 at 11:45 AM

      Should have gone after Todd Bowles! For a HC not assistant. Yea Dan S should have eaten that horribly structured contract he gave to Jon’s Brother.

  21. Finding a new team - Jan 15, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Barry 0-16 That’s a dumb move. Ive had enough !!!!

  22. goback2rfk - Jan 15, 2015 at 1:27 PM

    Mel Kipers top 5 mock big board came out today. He has the Redskins taking the best DE pass rusher to go as the number 5 pick. Someone to compliment Kerrigan on the other side.
    He has famous Jameis going 1st overall.

    • Joe Greene - Jan 15, 2015 at 4:22 PM

      Kiper is a moron. Let’s not forget the on air smackdown that Bill Polian gave him when he was questioning the drafting that led to the great Colts teams with Manning. The only guy at a major network/sports entity with any idea what he’s talking about for drafting and talent scouting is Mike Mayock. Kiper is a buffoon.

  23. alextwrs - Jan 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    So we draft T Murph, franchise Rak (last year) and now we are going to draft the so called best pass rusher who is another DE/OLB hybrid. Lets face it we got lucky getting Kerrigan to work in that system. SWITCH to a 4-3 and bring in tacklers for goodness sakes.

    Lets not forget that Mel had us drafting Jimmy Clausen in the ten hole, years ago.
    He blows smoke, doesnt mean there is fire.

  24. alextwrs - Jan 15, 2015 at 2:36 PM

    Heres a question: With the dismal play and performance of our safeties, will Akeem Davis actually get a viable opportunity to start next year? Or does Deangelo switch to safety and we draft a 3-4th round CB. Or both.

    I know and understand that our fans have forgotten about Phillip Thomas, who at the time of the draft was a steal at 4th round. Yes he was graded as high as 2nd round.

    All I heard last year was Akeem was still working on skills and defensive cues in order for him to hit the field. Hopefully coaching will allow for that this offseason.

  25. kenlinkins - Jan 15, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Rich, If it was the negative reaction to Joe Berry becoming the next DC that stopped the process, then IMO the Redskins have a much bigger problem than any of us Redskins fans know! IMO B. Allen may be more the Sales men type and over the years I have found the “Sales men” types stick together and only promote / hire other “Sales men” types (good PR people w/o any operations back round, the empty shirt types who can perform in the interview and only talk a good game by fooling the interviewer). Now Joe Berry could be the best pick (I do not know) but if the fan reaction is the measuring stick and not B. Allen’s (or HC Gruden, or the new GM) belief that he can build a great defense in Washington then every hired / fired coach, FA signed, player drafted MUST be questioned and looked at as another point of future failure. Maybe this is the “culture” that requires change in order to bring a winning back to Washington. Trying to win fans is not the answer, finding great people is. Your thoughts? Archives

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