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Pettine to Lead Redskins Defense?

January 11, 2017
The Redskins search for a defensive coordinator marches on and perhaps it has just really begun. 

It looks like Steve Wilks, who the Redskins received permission to speak to late last week, is going to stay in Carolina and get the Panthers Defensive Coordinator spot, with Sean McDermott closing in on the Bills head coaching job, per Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News.

With Vance Joseph closing in on the Broncos head coaching position, per multiple reports, it appears that Wade Phillips’ chance of staying in Denver are slim.

On Wednesday afternoon, buzz started growing that the Los Angeles Rams are zeroing in on Redskins offensive coordinator, Sean McVay, to become their new head coach. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that if McVay gets the job, Phillips would be his number one choice as defensive coordinator. 

On Tuesday, we did a two-part video and statistical analysis of Gus Bradley, the former Jaguars head coach and Seahawks defensive coordinator. He’s reportedly the favorite for the Redskins job and John Keim of ESPN is reporting that Bradley is interviewing with Washington today

Much like we did with Bradley, it’s time to delve into Mike Pettine, the former Browns head coach and Bills/Jets defensive coordinator. Pettine officially interviewed Monday for the job, a development that the Redskins confirmed.

The first thing that you need to know about Pettine is that he has no connection to Bruce Allen and Jay or Jon Gruden, which for many Redskins fans, is all that matters.

Clearly, they are wrong on this – but it’s never stopped them before (sorry!)

His time with Rex Ryan at the Jets is the one that has many fans intrigued. His track record under Ryan and even in one solo year in Buffalo is what really seems to have Redskins fans amped up.

Pettine left the Jets under some unique and somewhat unusual circumstances, but assuming Pettine and Rex Ryan’s public explanations were the truth, he got what he wanted.

He wanted to be his own man. He did that and became the Browns head coach and served that position for two years.

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Pettine’s track-record is littered with success as Rich Tandler of CSN-Mid Atlantic broke down. For many Redskins fans, what you have done in the past, regardless of circumstances, is all that matters and either guarantees success or failure. Of course, I disagree with this, but that should not surprise you, if you are familiar with my stance on a "track-record guarantee" agenda. 

And now, my video analysis thoughts on Mike Pettine possibly being the new Redskins defensive coordinator. A warning: I use a complaint I heard a lot about Jim Haslett as a basis for this component of my feature on Pettine. Give it a shot. You might think differently. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for seven years for multiple media outlets and was a part of the Redskins Radio Network broadcast team for five seasons. He covers the Redskins for Monumental Sports Network (,, & Warpath Magazine. Listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN.    You can e-mail Chris at