Since firing Mike Shanahan, the Redskins have done exactly what GM Bruce Allen said they would: The team has cast a wide net in its coaching search.
The Redskins have interviewed, or have requested to interview, at least 10 current NFL coordinators and one college coach. In the coming days, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler will give you the skinny on each of the candidates.
Who: Perry Fewell, Giants defensive coordinator (2010-present).
Other NFL experience: Jaguars (defensive backs 1998-2002), Rams (defensive backs 2003-04), Bears (defensive backs 2005), Bills (defensive coordinator 2006-08), Bills (head coach for seven games ’09).
Accomplishments: Fewell’s unit helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLVI by holding Tom Brady and the powerful Patriots’ offense to 17 points.
Notable Redskins connections: None.
Bottom line: He replaced Dick Jauron in Buffalo midway through the 2009 season and finished 3-4, so he’s got some head coaching experience. He’s also an accomplished coordinator. In addition to helping the Giants win the Super Bowl two years ago, Fewell’s unit ranked eighth this season. But … he’s also intimately familiar with the Redskins’ schemes and personnel after coaching in the same division the past four seasons. So if, in fact, Redskins’ general manager Bruce Allen is gathering information and ideas while simultaneously conducting a coaching search, that would make Fewell, who prefers a 4-3 alignment, a very good person to talk to. It’s also important to note that this isn’t the first time Fewell has been on the offseason interview circuit. In 2011, he was interviewed for four head coaching vacancies but was never offered. He later told ESPN’s Ian O’Connor that he believed “at least two, maybe three” of the interviews were set up to satisfy the Rooney Rule. But with other minorities having been interviewed, or scheduled to interview, that doesn’t appear to be the motive in Washington.