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Ryan, Manusky, Tarver & Pagano in the mix for Redskins

January 16, 2017
The Washington Redskins interviewed former Buffalo Bills assistant head coach and fomer Saints, Cowboys, Browns and Raiders defensive coordinator, Rob Ryan, on Monday. and 106.7 The FAN were first to report this development over the weekend, and the news has been confirmed by Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post and Albert Breer of The MMQB. 

Ryan, the brother of Rex and son of the legendary, Buddy, is not held in high regard by many fans so this would be an extremely unpopular choice. 

However, if you dig further, he has had some great individual seasons as a coordinator in New Orleans and as a position coach before that. 

Former Redskin player and Bills outside linebacker, Lorenzo Alexander, made the Pro Bowl as a starter in his one and only year under Rob Ryan and his brother, Rex, told me exclusively on 106.7 The FAN Monday that Rob Ryan "really helped me take my game to another level." 

Alexander stressed that Ryan is a "good coach." 

Ryan is added to the mix, along with another Rex Ryan disciple, Mike Pettine.   Gus Bradley, the former Jacksonville head coach who has ties to Redskins brass and current Skins assistant and multi-time coordinator, Greg Manusky, are also other options in the Redskins search. 

The Washington Post, via Tesfatsion, reported that former Raiders defensive coordinator, Jason Tarver, is also on the Redskins list and will meet with the team this week. has learned that Manusky's official interview is expected to happen on Tuesday and that   Chargers defensive coordinator, John Pagano, is on the Redskins list as well.  He could meet with Washington possibly as early as this week, assuming the Chargers do not decide to retain him, which they are not expected to do. 

Pagano's contract status is unknown with the Los Angeles Chargers, who hired Anthony Lynn as their new head coach last last week. If his contract is expired, that would allow him to meet with Washington sooner than later. The Chargers reportedly decided to keep some of Pagano's assistants but have been trying to lure the aforementioned, Bradley, to join Lynn and run the Chargers defense. 

One other note: Pagano replaced Manusky as Chargers defensive coordinator in 2012 (credit with the column link) while serving on Manusky's staff. They both learned under Wade Phillips, who of course, spurned a chance to come to the Redskins to join Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams. 

Chris Russell has covered the Washington Redskins for eight 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. Also, listen to Chris on Washington D.C.'s # 1 sports radio station, 106.7 The FAN.   You can e-mail Chris at