The Redskins were one of the first team's to request permission to interview former San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator, but were initially denied. When Fangio became available after new 49ers Head Coach Jim Tomsula fired most of the old coaching staff, the Redskins were the first team reported to have interest, and then an interview lined up with him. Last night ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Chicago Bears had also requested permission to interview Fangio. He didn't specify when the request was put in, and since Fangio is now free to sign with any team, they wouldn't need permission to interview, just mutual interest from Fangio.
Jason La Canfora reported shortly after Schefter's tweet came out that the leading candidate he has heard for the Bears Defensive Coordinator job is former Oakland Raiders Head Coach(and John Fox's DC in Denver for a year) Dennis Allen. The Bears hired John Fox to be their Head Coach a few days ago, and they still have Mel Tucker on staff as the incumbent DC, but he was always expected to be replaced, especially given the recent performance of the Bears defense.
The Redskins are still expected to meet with Vic Fangio, and reports say that if hired, he would likely bring some of his assistants from the 49ers. DB coach Ed Donatell interviewed for the Redskins DC job, and would likely replace Raheem Morris. The Redskins are reportedly very interested in Fangio, and with the recent lucrative contract given to new OL coach Bill Callahan, not afraid to spend on their coaching staff this year. The impression that many people have is that Snyder will not let Fangio out of town without a deal. He just has to make it to the table first.
Vic Fangio will meet with the Chicago Bears first, then he will come to Washington DC to interview for defensive coordinator #Redskins— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) January 17, 2015
[UPDATE #1: 12:13 pm 1/17/15] Fangio will meet with the Redskins later today
Per league source Vic Fangio will be with the Redskins later today— Dianna Marie Russini (@NBCdianna) January 17, 2015
[UPDATE #2: 7:15 pm 1/17/15] Fangio's in town!
Vic Fangio, who also drew interest from the Bears and others, is now meeting with the Skins, who have very serious intent— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 18, 2015