UPDATED at 6:35 PM on 1-22-2017
According to several sources, the Redskins have hired Jim Tomsula to coach the team's defensive line. Tomsula worked with newly promoted defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and Redskins GM Scot McCloughan in San Francisco as their defensive line coach from 2007-2014.
ORIGINAL STORY BELOW from January 16, 2017
The Washington Redskins need some new defensive personnel after cleaning house last week. It won't be easy for Jay Gruden and Co. but they're already getting down to work.
According to sources, the Skins are targeting former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula to join their defensive staff. Tomsula was completely out of professional football this past season (even though he was still paid $3.5 million by the Niners) after a disastrous 5-11 campaign in his one, and only season as head coach in 2015.
The source didn't specifically point out which position Tomsula would fill, but it seems likely he would coach the Redskins D-line considering he held that role with the Niners from 2007-14. During those years, Tomsula did extremely well with the 49ers and spent a good portion of that time in the Bay with now Redskins general manager, Scot McCloughan.
The Redskins currently have a vacancy at defensive line coach after the team fired Robb Akey earlier this week. Tomsula's ability to coach the defensive line should not be overly questioned as the 49ers excelled in that department for several seasons under his tutelage. It could also be argued that no coach would have done well with the Niners after Jim Harbaugh was not retained and key players left the team/retired. Many close to the situation also say that ownership/management was the problem in San Francisco...and still is.
In Other News:
According to ESPN's John Keim, the Redskins are expecting to retain ALL of their remaining offensive assistants, despite some reports that have said otherwise. Following the Rams hiring of Sean McVay as head coach and then Wade Phillips as their defensive coordinator, there were rumors that tight ends coach Wes Phillips may leave to join McVay and his dad in Los Angeles. Keim pointed out that the Rams would have to request/be approved for an interview with anyone on the Redskins coaching staff.
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