WASHINGTON — The Redskins interviewed longtime NFL assistant coach Rob Ryan for their open defensive coordinator position on Monday.
Ryan, 54, was most recently defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills under his twin brother, Rex Ryan. They were both fired after the season.
106.7 The Fan’s Chris Russell first mentioned a possible interview on the station Sunday morning. That would bring the number of candidates known to have interviewed with Washington to three. The Redskins spoke with former Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine on Jan. 9 and former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley on Jan. 11.
A league source confirmed that the Redskins will interview former Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver later this week.
The Redskins never got the chance to speak with Wade Phillips, who accepted the job with the Los Angeles Rams last Wednesday and will work under Sean McVay, hired last week as head coach after seven years in Washington.
Outside linebackers coach Greg Manusky remains on staff and is a candidate, according to team sources. Manusky was the defensive coordinator in San Francisco from 2007 to 2010 when GM Scot McCloughan held that same position there. Manusky was also the defensive coordinator for the Indianapolis Colts from 2012 to 2015.
It’s unclear how viable a candidate Ryan is for the job. He has no obvious ties to Gruden or the Washington front office. Ryan, ironically, was fired by New Orleans after a Nov. 15, 2015 loss to the Redskins at FedEx Field. He does, however, play an attacking 3-4 defense.
Tarver was on staff with the 49ers in some capacity from 2001 to 2010 when he left to become the defensive coordinator at Stanford under David Shaw. When he joined the Raiders they were coming off a year ranked 29th in yards allowed per game (387.6) and points per game (27.1). Under Tarver, Oakland immediately improved to 18th in yards (354.5) – although improved only modestly in points .(27.7). He was let go after the 2014 season months after Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was fired.
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