Last week there was a lot of changes in the NFL coaching vacancies, that have affected the Redskins search for a new defensive coordinator and staff.
- The Los Angeles Rams hired Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay as their new head coach, McVay hired former Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips to the same position in Los Angeles.
- Buffalo hired Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott as their new head coach, McDermott’s vacant position in Carolina left room for Steve Wilks to be promoted to defensive coordinator in Carolina. McDermott has hired Leslie Frazier to serve as his defensive coordinator in Buffalo.
- The Browns fired defensive coordinator Ray Horton and has hired former Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to the same position.
- Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn has hired as the Los Angeles Chargers new Head Coach.
With four of the top five linked names to the Redskins signing elsewhere to coach, it leaves the Washington in an interesting situation. Mike Pettine is a solid candidate who was a late addition to their coaching search, as Gus Bradley was atop of their list from the beginning. After Wade Phillips left for the Rams he stated the reason for him not considering the Redskins opening is because of the lack of talent overall on that side of the ball. Gus Bradley has recently went out West to Los Angeles to interview for the defensive coordinator position and he is considered to be Lynn’s favorite target as well.
If the Redskins want an outside hire in Bradley or Pettine, they would have to act fast and be willing to pay. The reputation on this defense has been bad and with uncertainty in other areas of the team, head coach in particular, there will have to be a lot of convincing to do to get a top qualified guy in here. From inside the team, Gregg Manusky has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL before with the Indianapolis Colts and with San Francisco 49ers under current general manager Scot McCloughan. So apparently it seems as if they have their backup to the backup guy, if their top choices decide to coach elsewhere. Should be interesting to say the least.