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NFL coaching rumors: Vic Fangio, Ed Donatell could interview for Washington defensive coordinator position

The San Francisco 49ers remaining coaching staff is waiting for word on the new head coach. In the meantime, some of them have begun looking for other job options. Two are expected to interview with Washington for the vacant defensive coordinator job.

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The San Francisco 49ers are in the midst of figuring out their own head coaching situation, but they have plenty of assistants with things to figure out. According to Adam Schefter, Washington is attempting to set up interviews with defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and secondary coach Ed Donatell for their vacant DC position. Jay Gruden fired Jim Haslett earlier this week, in what was described as a mutual agreement to part ways. Considering Haslett's defenses were historically awful, that is code for he was canned.

Trent Baalke met with the team's assistant coaches on Monday, but would not reveal the specifics of what was said. He had mentioned they would get an opportunity to interview with the new coaching staff, but it seems pretty clear the team is going to let some of them interview elsewhere as they so desire. Most of the coaching staff is signed through the 2015 season, and did not automatically lose their jobs when Jim Harbaugh left. Some will potentially stick around, but it depends on what the next head coach wants to do.

The fact that Fangio is among those interviewing does not mean he is out of the running for head coach, but it makes sense for him to get his ducks lined up in case he finds himself looking for a new job sooner rather than later.