The Washington Redskins have initiated their search for a defensive coordinator to replace Jim Haslett by targeting at least two San Francisco 49ers coaches.
Washington is pursuing 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and defensive backs coach Ed Donatell.
Redskins setting up DC interviews with 49ers DC Vic Fangio, 49ers DB coach Ed Donatell and SD LB coach Joe Barry, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 1, 2015
The Redskins have courted Fangio, who is also one of several candidates reportedly interviewing for the San Francisco head coaching job, before this offseason. Last January Washington interviewed Fangio for the team's head coaching vacancy before hiring Jay Gruden.
Haslett was a divisive figure in the Redskins organization before being let go on Wednesday. Earlier this season, former Redskins defensive player London Fletcher called Haslett "clueless," according to an ESPN report.
"[Haslett] would take the '85 Bears defense and turn them into a mediocre defense," Fletcher said. "He has no idea what he's doing. He's proven year in and year out that he's not a good defensive coordinator."
Fletcher also accused Haslett of potentially "backstabbing" Gruden.
"Jay Gruden better get him out the door, because he's probably backstabbing Jay Gruden like he did everybody else," Fletcher said.
In his five years with the Redskins, Haslett's defenses consistently ranked in the bottom half of the league. The Redskins finished 2014 with a 4-12 record and gave up nearly 30 points per game.
- Will Green