Saturday January 10th, 2015

The Washington Redskins will interview Eric Mangini for the team's defensive coordinator position, NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reported on Friday morning.

Mangini currently coaches tight ends for the San Francisco 49ers, after joining the team as an offensive assistant in 2013. He was defensive coordinator for the Patriots in 2005, after serving as New England's defensive backs coach from 2000 to 2004. He helped coach the team to three Super Bowl victories.

He was head coach of the New York Jets from 2006 to 2008, and of the Cleveland Browns from 2009 to 2010. He had a 23-25 record with the Jets and went 10-22 in Cleveland.

Mangini will be the fourth interviewee for Washington's defensive coordinator opening. The team has interviewed San Diego Chargers linebackers coach Joe Barry, San Francisco defensive backs coach Ed Donatell and former NFL head coach Wade Phillips already this week.

Mangini interviewed for the Oakland Raiders' vacant head coach position in late December.

Washington released former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett on Dec. 31, after a season in which the team's defense ranked 20th overall, allowing 27.4 points and 357 yards per game.

Washington finished 4-12 this year, going 1-7 in the last half of the season.

- Christopher Woody

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