A source close to the situation told ESPN 980 on Sunday evening that Fangio was in the "thinking process."
He has other options. He reportedly met with Chicago before Washington. He could also potentially be in the mix in Atlanta, where current Seahawks defensive boss Dan Quinn is reportedly trying to organize a staff while now preparing for the Super Bowl.
That group included Kyle Shanahan, according to Adam Schefter. Shanahan did not return a text message on Sunday evening. A person close to Shanahan was surprised when told of the news, so who knows exactly what the deal is.
Trust me, it's a possible option. The Redskins are NOT Fangio's only choice. He's a smart guy and understands that he has leverage.
It was also revealed on Monday morning that the Redskins had interviewed Clancy Pendergast for their defensive coordinator position. Adam Schefter reported it first. ESPN 980 confirmed this and was told the interview occurred a week ago.
Keim also details a great story (via Bruce Feldman and FOX
) that I completely missed about Pendergast's connection to Jon Gruden, which led him to Jay, which also led him to visit last July with Jim Haslett.
Why? Pendergast was the coordinator at California and USC over the last few seasons before being out of coaching in 2014. He has extensive experience defending Chip Kelly's offense and the Oregon attack. He helped Haslett and the Redskins to whatever degree and it worked.
The Redskins defense bottled up the Eagles running attack in a week three loss in Philadelphia, but of course the secondary (after losing DeAngelo Hall) and linebackers (Perry Riley specifically) collapsed in the loss.
Pendergast is a guy that most have not heard of and would obviously be met with a ton of criticism. Whatever. The guy is an experienced coach. His rankings and stats are what they are , but at 47, he fits the ideal age profile that the Redskins are looking for.
Washington wants their staff to be on the younger side and energetic. Charisma is something that is important to them. I've watched this staff work over many practices in the last year. They have unique drills and the coaches are often involved physically in the teaching and concepts.
Pendergast was with USC for just a year because of the coaching instability there, but spent three with Cal running a 3-4 scheme. Ed Orgeron, then USC's interim head coach told Feldman "Clancy was fantastic" and "his strength is game-day calling."
He has plenty of NFL experience working with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys and Houston Oilers as a position coach, and he coordinated the Arizona Cardinals defense from 2004 -2008.
He's perhaps best remembered for being fired by then Arizona head coach Ken Whisenhunt about a week after the Cardinals Super Bowl XLIII loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's important to note that Whisenhunt inherited Pendergast after Dennis Green was fired, so that doesn't mean that Pendergast is not qualified.
He probably won't get the job, but it was a great information session and the Redskins are able to take ideas from those they meet with and apply them. Trust me, the Redskins have learned a lot during this process.
***Being that it is far from a guarantee that Fangio will choose the Redskins, the leader in the clubhouse is clearly Joe Barry. That doesn't mean he will absolutely get the job, because there are no absolutes in this business.
He is energetic and passionate, as it was described to me. One person pointed out something I conveyed last week on ESPN 980 that Fangio had a ton of talent and pieces to work with in San Francisco, but that was not the case for defensive coordinator John Pagano and Barry, who is Pagano's top assistant in San Diego.
Barry has helped mold two young linebackers in Manti Te'o and Jeremiah Attaochu who they drafted in the 2nd round last year as a raw pass rush specialist from Georgia Tech.
You have to believe me on this (won't you?). STATISTICS from 2007 and 2008 with a horsecrap Detroit Lions team with one legitimate NFL player MEAN ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
NOTHING. I can't make this any more clearer.
Also if Barry is hired and Fangio chooses elsewhere, he would likely retain Raheem Morris who players like and again, has a ton of energy.
**One final note, ESPN 980 has learned that the Redskins will focus on hiring a quarterbacks coach (as has been reported by Keim and others) after the coordinator situation gets cleared up.
A couple of possible candidates? John DeFilippo from the Oakland Raiders and a James Madison product. Marcus Arroyo, who was just released by the Tampa Bay Bucs after originally being hired as their quarterbacks coach this year under Jeff Tedford, he wound up coordinating their offense because Tedford got sick and was allowed to leave for the CFL.
Chris Russell - SFTheRooster@Yahoo.com - www.twitter.com/russellmania980