From the time Joe Barry was named the Washington Redskins’ defensive coordinator, I’d heard that it was likely that Kirk Olivadotti would be the only defensive assistant returning. And that meant it was far from a lock that secondary coach Raheem Morris would be back.
Indeed, The Washington Post reported that the Atlanta Falcons had been granted permission to speak with Morris, which meshes with what a source said Friday that the Falcons were interested in him and that the Redskins were interested in bringing in a new secondary coach. Once a team grants a coach permission to interview for a similar position elsewhere, it's highly unlikely they'd return to their old team.
Also, one source with knowledge of the situation said Olivadotti was told he’d return this season. The Redskins already had informed line coach Jacob Burney and outside linebackers coach Brian Baker that they would not be back. Both were brought on board by former defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Olivadotti was as well, but he also was with previous Redskins' defensive staffs -- he's been a part of five other regimes in Washington -- and is not considered tied to a particular coach.
Though Barry was hired in Tampa Bay by Morris in 2009 after Barry's two-year stint as Detroit’s defensive coordinator, that doesn’t mean it was a slam dunk he’d be retained. Morris interviewed for the defensive coordinator position and, after four years in Washington, it’s clear he had gone as far as he could in Washington. The Post reported Morris' position in Atlanta would give him more responsibility than just as a position coach.
Atlanta is officially still without a head coach, with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn expected to be hired after the Super Bowl.
Update: CBS reporter Jason LaCanfora reported that the Redskins are interested in former Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell, who is interviewing in San Francisco on Saturday. But a source close to Fewell said he has not yet been contacted by the Redskins.