The Washington Redskins have reportedly been denied another interview by a team who had their Head Coach walk away after the season ended. It was reported earlier this week that the Redskins asked for, and were denied, permission to interview San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio. Fangio interview for the 49ers Head Coaching job on Tuesday and it reportedly lasted over 6 hours and went very well. If Fangio does not get the job, he could become available when the new head coach forms his coaching staff. But for now, he is off the list of potential DC candidates. If Fangio gets the job, he will reportedly name another candidate for the Redskins DC job as his defensive coordinator. DBs coach Ed Donatell was given permission to interview with the Redskins this week, but his availability is likely tied to Fangio's job status.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Redskins were also denied permission from the Buffalo Bills to interview their Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz. The Bills lost their Head Coach earlier this week when Doug Marrone opted out of his contract, walking away with a large amount of money and the freedom to coach anywhere else. Schwartz is reportedly interested in the Bills Head Coaching job, and was previously the Head Coach of the Detroit Lions. The Bills situation is similar to the 49ers, and the Head Coach position needs to be sorted out before either of these guys will become available to other teams. Schwartz is a 4-3 guy, and the first candidate that does not run a 3-4 defense. Schwartz was reportedly also a candidate for the Redskins Head Coaching job before Jim Zorn was hired. The dream of reuniting Schwartz and Ndamukong Suh in Washington will have to wait...
Trying to capitalize on HC shakeups, Redskins asked for, but were denied, permission to speak with Bills DC Jim Schwartz about their DC job.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2015
So Redskins asked for and were denied permission to interview Bills DC Jim Schwartz and 49ers DC Vic Fangio. Ed Donatell, Joe Barry in play.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 3, 2015