Redskins say they've interviewed Fewell, Caldwell, Rich Bisaccia

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Perry Fewell is getting plenty of interest this offseason. (USATSI)
Perry Fewell is getting plenty of interest this offseason. (USATSI)

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One week after firing Mike Shanahan as head coach, the Redskins have confirmed that they've interviewed three candidates to replace him.

The team said Monday that it has interviewed Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, a man who's no stranger to head coaching interviews in the past couple years.

The team also confirmed it had met with Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia and Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell to talk about the job. According to other reports, the Redskins have chatted with Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, as well.

In 2011, Fewell drew interest from the Panthers and Browns, along with the Broncos and Titans.

Fewell has been with the Giants for the past four years, including the Super Bowl-winning team of 2011, and this past year, New York's defense ranked eighth in the league. In 2009, he took over for the fired Dick Jauron in Buffalo, and the Bills finished 3-4 with Fewell as the interim head coach. All of that seemingly would make Fewell a strong candidate for the job.

After going 0-for-4 on job interviews in 2011, he had some interesting comments about the Rooney Rule. From ESPN New York:

"I think it's given us an opportunity and a vehicle to get in some doors we never would've gotten in before," Fewell said, "and it's hard to argue with the success of African-Americans being hired, as well as Ron Rivera. ... But sometimes you feel like you're a victim of the Rooney Rule, even though I think it's still a good rule."

Fewell believes some of his job interviews were meant to honor the letter -- not the spirit -- of the law."I would say two, at least two, maybe three," he said. Fewell wasn't naming names, but he was saying he had little problem identifying a legitimate interview from a counterfeit one.

"More than the questions, it's the body language, just the interview process itself," Fewell said. "You can pick out the questions and how they're structured and how the conversation is going. It's a lot to do with body language and how you're being catered to."

But that's not all for Washington. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Monday that the Redskins also have asked permission to speak with Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and Chargers offensive coordinator (and former Cardinals head coach) Ken Whisenhunt.

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