The Washington Redskins interviewed former Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Pettine on Monday for their defensive coordinator opening, the team announced. The first known interview for the job took place at Redskins Park just four days after the Redskins fired Joe Barry on Thursday, Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post
Pettine, 50, was not on an NFL coaching staff last season after he was fired by the Browns following two seasons as their head coach. Prior to his tenure in Cleveland, the Virginia product spent the previous five seasons as a defensive coordinator for the New York Jets (2009 to 2012) and the Buffalo Bills (2013). The Bills ranked 10th in total defense (fourth in pass defense and fifth in run defense), 14th on third downs and 20th in points per game allowed during Pettine’s only season with the organization. In his final year with the Jets, Pettine’s defense ranked eighth in total defense (second in pass defense and 26th in run defense), 12th on third downs and 20th in points per game allowed.
Pettine received his NFL start in 2002 as a coaching assistant for the Baltimore Ravens under Brian Billick. He started in quality control and as a coaching and video assistant for two seasons before Pettine was promoted to a defensive line assistant in 2004. The Doylestown, Pa., native served as an outside linebackers coach during his final four years with the Ravens.
Pettine is one of a number of candidates being considered for the opening. The Redskins received permission to interview Carolina Panthers assistant head coach/secondary coach Steve Wilks on Friday.