The Washington Redskins are among the teams rumored to be in the market for a new defensive coordinator in the offseason, because their defense has been horrifically bad this season. Most of the Redskins struggles on defense, which is undoubtedly worse than the offense no matter what the mainstream media narrative says, can be attributed to be a lack of talent. The Redskins secondary is arguably the worst in the NFL, and starting players like Brandon Meriweather hasn’t exactly helped that cause. And yet, perfectly legitimate claims can also be made about coaching issues on the Redskins defense. Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett gets most of the rap for the defense’s struggles, but defensive backs coach Raheem Morris is the first person who should be fired. His defenses and defensive backfield always have a severe lack of discipline, and he could easily be a root cause of the Redskins defensive struggles.
Whether or not you blame Haslett for the defense’s struggles, there’s a good chance that he ends up without a job this offseason. In fact, CBS Sports’s Jason La Canfora writes that “it’s virtually certain” the Redskins move forward without Haslett, and thus it becomes time to take a look at potential replacements. Our Rishi Pochiraju did an excellent job of running through some potential coaching hires for the Redskins at head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator, but it sounds like former Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams could be an option.
In the same piece by La Canfora linked above, the CBS insider reports that Williams is a name that is resurfacing in league circles as a potential defensive coordinator. He had plenty of success with the Super Bowl-winning New Orleans Saints DC before being ousted due to the infamous Bountygate saga, but “several league sources” tell La Canfora that teams are impressed by what Williams is doing with the Tennessee Titans defense as an assistant.
The rest of La Canfora’s piece details why Williams is being praised for his work with the Titans, but it also more interestingly links the Redskins as a potential landing spot for Williams. While a reunion seems unlikely at first glance, La Canfora states that “Redskins sources” tell him that Williams’s coaching with the Saints and Titans have left “an impression on” Dan Snyder, whose decision is obviously all-important.
So here’s the rub, should the Redskins even consider reuniting with Gregg Williams or would this just be a disaster waiting to happen?