The Washington Redskins plan on hiring San Diego Chargers linebacker coach Joe Barry as their defensive coordinator, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday .
Later in the day, NBC's Dianna Russini reported that the Redskins have not yet offered the defensive coordinator position to anyone, and that a decision has not been made.
The Redskins reportedly interviewed defensive backs coach Raheem Morris and 49ers assistant Eric Mangini for the position.
Barry has spent the last four seasons with the Chargers and was also the defensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions in 2007 and 2008. He also spent time on the staffs of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers and USC before taking the Chargers linebacker coaching job.
In 2008 under Barry, the Lions’ defense allowed the second-most points in NFL history and was the first team ever to finish a season 0-16.
Barry replaces Jim Haslett, who spent five seasons with the team and his defenses never ranked above 13th in total defense.
The Redskins defense gave up 357 yards and 27.4 points a game in 2014, which tied for 29th in the NFL.
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