The Washington Redskins will interview their secondary coach, Raheem Morris, for the vacant defensive coordinator's position Tuesday, a team source said.
Morris had met with the New York Giants on Friday about the same opening, but there could be more attractive candidates for that position, including their former coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. He reportedly remains close to Giants coach Tom Coughlin and members of the front office.
The Redskins have interviewed a number of candidates for the position already: San Diego linebackers coach Joe Barry, San Francisco secondary coach Ed Donatell, longtime coordinator Wade Phillips, former Jets and Browns head coach Eric Mangini, plus a possible mystery person. The Redskins were denied permission to speak with Buffalo defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. However, multiple reports indicate he won't stick around with the Bills under new coach Rex Ryan.
Morris has been with the Redskins since 2011 after he was fired as Tampa Bay's head coach. It has not always been pretty for his group during this time, whether it was from coaching, personnel or injuries. The pass defense has been bad the past four years, allowing a cumulative 7.32 yards per pass attempt, 31st in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Some of it could be related to a lack of pressure as the Redskins were a combined 20th in sacks per pass attempt (6.7 percent) in this stretch. Still, it's something that will have to be addressed in the interview.
Morris has not been a coordinator in the NFL. He was the Buccaneers' head coach for three years during which they ran a 4-3 front. The Redskins have run a 3-4 front the past five seasons.