The Washington Redskins began their search for a new defensive coordinator today by interviewing Mike Pettine for the job.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) January 9, 2017
Pettine, 50, is a former head coach of the Cleveland Browns, where he crashed and burned like every other coach does, finishing with a dismal 10-22 record in two seasons.
Pettine also served as defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills for one season and spent four years as the defensive coordinator for the New York Jets. Pettine’s Jet defense ranked first overall for yards and points allowed in 2009, though much of the credit for that probably belongs with Rex Ryan, the fired ex-Buffalo Bills coach who has also been rumored for the Redskins defensive coordinator position.
Pettine’s defenses never ranked outside the top ten in yards allowed, so he has traditionally high high-achieving defenses, whether you accord him a large share of the credit for that or not.
Others rumored for the Washington defensive coordinator opening are Greg Manusky (currently the team’s OLB coach), Carolina secondary coach Steve Wilks and the rumored frontrunner, Gus Bradley, until recently the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pettine began his NFL coaching career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2002 and steadily worked his way up the ladder, being associated with good defenses all along the way.
A potential problem for Pettine is that he has no prior links to GM Scot McCloughan or head coach Jay Gruden. Manusky was the defensive coordinator in San Francisco while McCloughan was working for the same team as GM and Bradley has ties to both McCloughan and Gruden.