Guenther’s status uncertain with Zimmer ‘looking good’ to land Vikings job

Mike Zimmer is a candidate for head coach in Minnesota. (David Kohl/Associated Press)

A person with knowledge of the deliberations between the Vikings and Mike Zimmer said it was “looking good” for Zimmer to be hired as Minnesota’s head coach as soon as Wednesday, although nothing was certain yet.

That likely would lead to Bengals linebackers coach Paul Guenther replacing Zimmer as Cincinnati’s defensive coordinator, eliminating Guenther as a candidate for the Redskins’ coaching staff.

Another person close to the situation confirmed the Redskins’ interest in adding Guenther, but indicated that would not affect the team’s plan to retain current defensive coordinator Jim Haslett and secondary coach Raheem Morris. The Redskins could shuffle job titles of some assistants, but Haslett would remain in charge if the defense, according to that person.

Guenther broke into the NFL as an offensive assistant with the Redskins, working primarily with the running backs in 2002 and and 2003. In 2004, he joined Marvin Lewis in Cincinnati.

Meanwhile, the Redskins continue to interview other coaches for various positions on Jay Gruden’s staff. The New York Daily News reported that on Tuesday, Washington interviewed New York Jets’ special teams coordinator Ben Kotwica. Kotwica’s contract with the Jets expired, and although New York extended him an offer on a new deal, the team has granted him permission to test the waters.

The Redskins on Friday are expected to interview Earnest Byner for their running backs coach position.

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The Post Sports Live crew discusses whether Redskins head coach Jay Gruden should keep defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, who had worked with Gruden in the United Football League. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)
Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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Mark Maske · January 14, 2014