Reports came out at the beginning of the month that the Redskins were interested in interviewing San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio, but the Niners had denied permission. Fangio was still a candidate for their Head Coaching job that became available when Jim Harbaugh and the team parted ways. Fangio reportedly wanted the Head Coaching job or his release. One report said he would stay on as DC if former Redskins HC Mike Shanahan got the HC job. Well that didn't happen, and the team instead chose Fangio's defensive line coach Jim Tomsula for the top position. Fangio is expected to be available soon, and he is not expected to get one of the three head coaching jobs that remain unfilled.
Earlier today, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that the Redskins were planning on hiring San Diego Chargers LB coach Joe Barry for their vacant Defensive Coordinator job. There has been no confirmation since that tweet came out, and multiple reporters have cited sources that say no deal is done. Also none of the other DC candidates have been informed that the job has been filled yet. GM Scot McCloughan and Team President Bruce Allen are both attending practices for the East-West Shrine game today and probably tomorrow. The team reportedly wants to have the position filled by the end of the week, but with Fangio becoming available they may wait until they can gauge his interest for the job.
Now official: 49ers have informed Adam Gase they're going in a different direction. Jim Tomsula will be 49ers new HC.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 14, 2015
If Jim Tomsula signs a head coaching contract with the 49ers, look for Vic Fangio to quickly emerge as a DC candidate for the Skins— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 14, 2015
Vic Fangio not expected to remain #49ers DC under new coach Jim Tomsula, per league source. Fangio had phenomenal 4-year run— Cam Inman (@CamInman) January 14, 2015