Another name has come out in the Redskins Defensive Coordinator search that started almost 3 weeks ago. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning that the Redskins interviewed former Arizona Cardinal's DC Clancy Pendergast. He was the Cardinals DC from 2004-2008 and the Kansas City Chiefs DC in 2009. He then went to college to be the DC for Cal from 2010-2012 and then joined USC in 2013 to be their DC. He did not coach last year.
Pendergast is the 7th person we know about that has interviewed for the position, joining former Houston Texans DC/HC Wade Phillips, former San Francisco 49ers DBs coach Ed Donatell, San Diego Chargers LBs coach Joe Barry, 49ers TEs coach Eric Mangini, current Redskins DBs coach Raheem Morris, and former 49ers DC Vic Fangio. Mike Jones of the Washington Post noted that the day new Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was introduced, Team President Bruce Allen said the team had already interviewed a DC candidate but didn't reveal who. ESPN's John Keim's source told him the interview took place two Fridays ago, which was the same day as the McCloughan presser. Keim also reports that Pendergast met with former DC Jim Haslett last season.
Pendergast was out of football this past fall, but he did do one thing last summer: He visited with former Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett for two days last July, according to a story on Fox Sports. He met with Haslett to reportedly help him better defend Chip Kelly's offense and the zone read -- Pendergast had spent the previous several years defending that offense.
"Jon Gruden had recommended me to Jay," Pendergast told Fox Sports. He also told the reporter, Bruce Feldman, that he gave Haslett some other tips.
Pendergast said after the Redskins held the Eagles to 54 yards on 25 carries in a 37-34 loss in Week 3 that "Jim was happy. He called me right after the game."
The Redskins reportedly are still very interested in Vic Fangio, even though they have not formally offered him a contract. Redskins brass, including Dan Snyder, took Fangio to dinner on Saturday night, and then formally interviewed him yesterday. Fangio had one other interview this weekend with the Chicago Bears on Saturday morning. There have been no reports of a contract offer from the Bears, and Fangio reportedly has other interest from teams, but no interviews currently scheduled.
Former Cardinals DC Clancy Pendergast has interviewed for Redskins DC job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 19, 2015
The #Redskins interviewed Clancy Pendergast a week ago from what we hear...Remains in contention. Ran 3-4 @ CAL. @AdamSchefter first.— ESPN 980 (@ESPNRadio980) January 19, 2015