The Washington Times - January 4, 2014, 01:17PM

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen is in Charlotte today to interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott for the team’s vacant coaching position, according to a person familiar with Allen’s plans.

Allen flew alone to Charlotte to meet with McDermott, 39, who has been with the Panthers for the past three seasons. It’s the third known interview for Allen since Monday, when the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan after four seasons; he also met with Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Wednesday in Seattle, according to someone with knowledge of the meeting, and the team confirmed it hosted Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia at Redskins Park on Friday.

Bisaccia, who is familiar with Allen from their days with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2004 through 2008, met primarily with Allen, director of pro personnel Morocco Brown and director of player personnel Scott Campbell on Friday.

Per league rules, teams seeking coaches are only permitted to interview potential candidates if that candidate’s current team is not playing during the upcoming weekend. Those interviews are only allowed to take place in that candidate’s team’s city.

McDermott, a safety at William & Mary from 1994 through 1997, was named the Panthers’ defensive coordinator prior to the 2011 season after 12 years with the Philadelphia Eagles, first as a scouting assistant, then a positional coach, then the defensive coordinator. The Panthers’ defense was ranked 28th his first year, 10th last year and second this year as they won the NFC South and clinched a No. 2 seed.

If hired, McDemott, 39, would be the youngest coach in the league.

The Redskins are known to have two other interviews scheduled at this time. They have requested permission from the New York Giants to interview their defensive coordinator, Perry Fewell, at some point during the next week, according to someone familiar with the team’s plans.

They also will interview Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell on Sunday, according to multiple reports, and ESPN reported Saturday morning that the team has reached out to Vanderbilt coach and former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin. It’s unclear, however, if the Redskins would like to interview Franklin, who has also reportedly been approached by the Cleveland Browns.