Washington Redskins: Rich Bisaccia

Updated Redskins coaching scorecard

January, 8, 2014
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The Washington Redskins have been busy when it comes to talking to prospective head coaches, or trying to line up interviews. Here’s where things stand:

Already interviewed:
  • Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
  • Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
  • Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
  • Dallas special-teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
  • New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
  • Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
Requested permission to interview:
  • Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
  • San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
  • San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
  • San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
UPDATE: Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin will not interview with the Redskins Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Redskins interview Perry Fewell

January, 6, 2014
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The Washington Redskins interviewed New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday for their vacant head coaching position. He's the fifth person to interview for the job -- and plenty more remain as potential candidates.

The Redskins interviewed Fewell at Redskins Park, the team confirmed Monday. The team is confirming interviews that are held in Ashburn because they're with candidates whose teams are out of the playoffs. When they meet with coaches still in the playoffs, they let others confirm the interview in case they want to keep it a secret. Also, when they meet at Redskins Park, the group includes owner Dan Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen and members of the front office. When it's out of the area, only Allen is involved.

In addition to Fewell, the Redskins have interviewed Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.

Fewell, 51, was a hot candidate in 2011 after his defense finished seventh. He interviewed with four teams after that season. Fewell served as defensive coordinator in Buffalo from 2006-09 and went 3-4 as the Bills' interim head coach in 2009.

Here's a look at the Redskins' coaching scorecard thus far.

Redskins coaching search scorecard

January, 6, 2014
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The Washington Redskins have been busy when it comes to talking to prospective head coaches, or trying to line up interviews. One week into their official search, here’s where things stand:

Already interviewed:
  • Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.
  • Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
  • Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
  • Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.
  • UPDATED: New York Giant defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Requested permission to interview:
  • Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
  • Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
  • San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt (per CBS Sports).
  • San Francisco offensive coordinator Greg Roman.
  • Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin.
  • San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
The Cincinnati Bengals' misfortune could turn out to be the Washington Redskins' gain. The Redskins have requested permission to interview two Bengals' assistant coaches, now that their season is over.

The Redskins, along with three other teams, have requested permission to speak with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. Minnesota, Tennessee and Detroit also requested permission, according to a league source. The Redskins do not yet have an interview scheduled with Gruden. They've also requested permission to speak with Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, a league source told ESPN.

A league source said the Redskins might have interest in former Cleveland Browns head coach Pat Shurmur, currently the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator. He, too, is available to be interviewed. The Redskins can interview coaches of teams still alive in the playoffs, but they can't hire them until their seasons are over.

The Redskins are interviewing New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday. They've already spoken to Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia.

The Redskins also have interest in Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, but no interview had yet been scheduled in part because he was going to be at the National Championship game Monday night.

Redskins interview Jim Caldwell

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The Washington Redskins interviewed former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Caldwell for their head coaching vacancy Sunday, as expected.

Caldwell
Caldwell
Caldwell is the fourth person Washington has spoken with about their head coaching vacancy and more will be talked to this week. But he's the first former head coach that they've formally interviewed. They've also talked to Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas special teams coach Rich Bisaccia and Carolina defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. They are scheduled to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell Monday, according to John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation.

The Redskins have expressed interest in Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, who did interview with the Houston Texans. But the Redskins were still trying to line up an interview as of early Sunday night.

Also, they can now talk to assistant coaches from the Cincinnati Bengals: offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, both of whom were said to be on the Redskins' list. If interested, they can also talk to San Diego offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt next week, even though the Chargers remain alive in the playoffs.

Caldwell served as Tampa Bay's quarterbacks coach in 2001 and was in the same role with Indianapolis from 2002-08 -- while also serving as an assistant head coach. He became the Colts' head coach in 2009, went 14-2 and lost in the Super Bowl to New Orleans. But he was fired after a 2-14 season -- with quarterback Peyton Manning sidelined -- in 2011. He took over as the Baltimore Ravens' offensive coordinator late last season and stayed in that capacity in 2013.

Caldwell met with owner Dan Snyder, general manager Bruce Allen, director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and director of player personnel Scott Campbell. In Detroit, Caldwell met with Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford. But he did not meet with Washington’s Robert Griffi III, who is on vacation.

Caldwell does not have any other interviews lined up and told Wooten, whose group focuses on minority coaches in the hiring process, that he was most interested in these two positions.

Caldwell prepared for his Redskins interview by breaking down all of Griffin’s plays. He also went over all the scouting reports Baltimore’s pro staff had on the Redskins. He did the same thing before his interview in Detroit.
According to ESPN's John Clayton, the Washington Redskins have Rich Bisaccia on their list of coaches to interview. In fact, he was said to be interviewing in Washington on Friday.

Age: 53

Position: Dallas special teams coach

Recent background: This past season was his first with the Dallas Cowboys. Their special teams improved under Bisaccia, going from 29th in kick returns in 2012, for example, to fourth this season. Dallas ranked 18th defending punts and seventh against kickoffs. They improved in numerous areas statistically under Bisaccia.

Bisaccia
Bisaccia
The past: He was a college coach from 1983-2001 before joining Tampa Bay as their special teams coach. He stayed in that role until 2010 when he left to join San Diego in a similar role. A year later he was elevated to assistant head coach/special teams with the Chargers. But he left after the 2012 season to take a job coaching Auburn's running backs and special teams. He left after 22 days to join Dallas. His best season as a special teams coach statistically was probably 2009 with Tampa Bay. The Bucs blocked six kicks, led the NFL in kick return average (26.3 yards), were fourth in punt return average (11.6 yards) and second against kick return average (19.1). They returned a kickoff and punt for a touchdown and blocked another punt for a score.

What I've heard about him: After talking to an NFL coach, a Dallas insider and a former NFC executive about him, heard from one coach who said he knows him well and that he's a "great guy." Bisaccia was described as a no-nonsense guy; was respected by his players, with one apparently calling him the best coach he's ever had. Also heard him described as "not a head coach type," -- even by the coach who likes him and knows him well -- and there was no "wow" factor with him. He presents himself well and has a good resume, but it's not considered dynamic enough to command the entire room. But people do like him.

Potential fit: I don't mind a special teams coach being elevated to this job, but I'd want him to be more dynamic than it sounds Bisaccia is; I'd feel better if others around the NFL saw him as a head coach. The hard part is I did not know a lot about him until his name surfaced Friday morning. I wonder if this is a favor to him from general manager Bruce Allen, who was with him for five years in Tampa Bay, a way to get his name out there (possibly even for college head coaching jobs). Bisaccia also worked under A.J. Smith, a senior executive here. It helps that he has familiarity with people in the building; that's a plus. It helps that it sounds like he can get the most out of players' talent. That's all good. At this point he'd have to be considered a longshot. But Allen did say he'd be willing to look at special teams coaches as candidates as well.

Suggested reading: Some past players endorse him ... He could have been in the national championship game Monday night ... ."He holds people accountable."... A few years ago he was up for the head coaching job at the University of South Florida. Former Bucs stumped for him, including his old head coach, Jon Gruden.

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