The Washington Times - January 6, 2014, 01:06PM

Continuing their search for a new coach, the Washington Redskins reached out to several NFL coordinators on Monday morning to line up interviews at some point in the coming days.

The Redskins requested permission to speak to San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, according to multiple reports.

The team is also interviewing New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell at Redskins Park today, according to a person familiar with the meeting, and has also reportedly scheduled an interview with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin.

Of the three, Jay Gruden, the brother of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and current ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, seems to be the candidate with the most intrigue. The Bengals’ offensive coordinator for the past three seasons, Gruden is familiar with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen from their time with the Buccaneers from 2004 through 2008.

CBS Sports, which first reported the Redskins’ interest in Gruden on Monday, noted that three of the other four teams with coaching vacancies – the Detroit Lions, the Minnesota Vikings and the Tennessee Titans – all asked for permission to speak to Gruden about their job. The same teams expressed interest in Whisenhunt, who is pegged by ESPN to be the Lions’ preferred candidate.
Because the Bengals lost Sunday in the AFC wild card round to the Chargers, both Gruden and Zimmer would be eligible to interview immediately. Whisenhunt’s availability is unclear, but it’s possible he would consider interviewing this week with the permission of Chargers coach Mike McCoy.

“I think it’s important for those guys to do it,” McCoy told Cincinnati-area reporters on a conference call last week. “It’s a great opportunity for them. There’s rules in this league for certain reasons on how we do things when you have that opportunity, but they deserve the opportunity to do it. … A lot of guys dream to be head coaches in this league and there’s only so many opportunities so when those opportunities present themselves, you take advantage of it.”

Roman, who made the leap to the NFL from Stanford with 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh three seasons ago, could seemingly make a smooth transition to the Redskins. His incorporation of the pistol formation and zone-read option into the 49ers’ offense is similar to what the Redskins did with quarterback Robert Griffin III under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan the last two seasons.

In addition to Fewell, four coaches are known to have met with the Redskins: Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell. Bisaccia and Caldwell both met with Allen, director of player personnel Morocco Brown and director of pro personnel Scott Campbell at Redskins Park.

CBS Sports also reported the Redskins’ interest in Whisenhunt, while NFL Network first reported the Redskins’ interest in Roman.