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Report: Dan Snyder, not Jay Gruden, was pushing the Redskins defensive coordinator search

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The Redskins unofficial search for a new defensive coordinator ended with a whimper as everyone they wanted didn't want them. Washington was linked with Todd Bowles, Steve Wilks, and Gregg Williams, but each of them took DC jobs elsewhere. This means that Greg Manusky keeps his job by default.

Jason La Canfora reports that it was Dan Snyder who was leading the search for a new Redskins DC. He really wanted former Redskins safety, and New York Jets Head Coach Todd Bowles. When that didn't happen he turned to former Redskins DC Gregg Williams, but he took the Jets DC job before he could even interview with Washington.

Washington owner Dan Snyder aggressively pursued former NFL head coaches Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams to run his defense in recent weeks, despite having yet to fire defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, with the scope of his pursuit potentially not portending well for coach Jay Gruden in 2020.

Snyder flew Bowles, an accomplished former safety with the team who was recently fired as the Jets head coach, to the Washington team facility and made a concerted attempt to convince him to take over the team’s defense. While the sides did not enter into negotiations, sources said, Snyder was leading this push, not head coach Jay Gruden, and the owner made it clear he would compensate Bowles as well as any coordinator in the NFL and was also willing to alter his personnel structure within football operations if Bowles was interested

As one source with knowledge of the situation put it, “Dan put the full-court press on (Bowles). He didn’t want to let him leave. He wanted to know what conditions it would take to get him to stay. If Todd had said, ‘I’ll only do it if I am the head coach,’ I think he may have gone for it.”

So far the Redskins have let Special Teams Coordinator Ben Kotwica leave to take the same job with the Atlanta Falcons. They also let ILB Coach Kirk Olivadotti take the same job with the Green Bay Packers. The Redskins are still searching for replacements for DBs coach Torrian Gray who is still employed by the team. The only coaching addition has been the horing of Nate Kaczor as the team's new special teams coordinator.