After interviewing Jason Tarver today, the Redskins have lined up another candidate in their ever growing list of potential Defensive Coordinators... Dennis Thurman.
Thurman played CB in the league (primarily with the Dallas Cowboys) and had quite the career including 36 interceptions.
After a brief stint coaching DBs with the Cardinals and then spending eight years in college, Thurman joined up with Rex Ryan and the Baltimore Ravens in 2002. When Ryan moved to the Jets, Thurman followed. In 2013, he became the Jets DC. When Ryan moved to the Bills, Thurman followed once again becoming the DC there in 2015.
Overall, Thurman has been an NFL DC for four seasons (2013-2016) and has never ranked worse than 19th in yards allowed. His four seasons looked like:
2013 with the Jets: 11th in yards allowed and 19th in points allowed
2014 with the Jets: 6th in yards allowed and 24th in points allowed
2015 with the Bills: 19th in yards allowed and 15th in points allowed
2016 with the Bills: 19th in yards allowed and 16th in points allowed
Since 2009, Thurman has worked with new Chargers HC Anthony Lynn. Both men worked together with the Jets and the Bills.
Thurman is a minority and satisfies the NFL’s suggestion that minorities be interviewed for Coordinator positions. It’s a requirement for Head Coaching vacancies but only a suggestions for Coordinator vacancies.
The Redskins have also already interviewed to other coaches from the Rex Ryan coaching tree in Mike Pettine and Rob Ryan.