Redskins set to interview Rob Ryan for defensive coordinator position

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan left and assistant head coach Rob Ryan right during game action between the Buffalo Bills and the Detroit Lions during a preseason game played at Ford Field in Detroit Michigan

Previously a defensive coordinator for three different teams prior to joining Washington's staff in 2016, Greg Manusky is the latest candidate to interview for the Redskins' defensive coordinator position.

The Buffalo Bills relieved Rex Ryan and Rob Ryan of their coaching duties following the team's Week 16 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Linebacker Patrick Willis was a Pro Bowler in all four seasons during Manusky's time as the 49ers' defensive coordinator while Justin Smith also got a nod twice. And while Ryan has put together two defenses that ranked among the best in the league (2006, 2013), his other 10 seasons as a defensive coordinator have resulted in eight campaigns in which his defense ranked 22nd or worse.

The list of candidates for the Redskins' defensive coordinator job added several names on Monday. The unit finished 11 in total yards allowed in 2014, a nine spot jump from the previous season. While former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and former Browns coach/Jets coordinator Mike Pettine got interviews, Wade Phillips made a decision to join new Rams coach Sean McVay's staff rather than go for the Washington job.

Ryan, 54, is the third known candidate the Redskins have interviewed for the position. The 42-year-old has spent the last two seasons in his role as the 49ers linebackers coach under Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly, who were both fired after one season. Oakland ranked 18, 22 and 21 in total defense under Tarver and 28th, 29th and 32nd in points allowed. Tarver left that position to become the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Stanford in 2011 before joining the Raiders the following year.



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