NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports that former Saints coach Jim Haslett is Washington's top alternative to current Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer in the Redskisns search for a new DC.
Haslett just coached in the UFL and won coach of the year honors with the Florida Tuskers. He has been the defensive coordinator for the Saints, Steelers and Rams and was the interim coach in St. Louis last season.
Zimmer won't be able to interview until Cincinnati's season ends. The Bengals play the Jets in the wild card round this week. A loss would allow Zimmer to conduct interviews with potential suitors.
Should Cincy make a deep play-off run, Shanahan might not want to wait around for Zimmer, making it possible for Haslett to emerge as the front-runner for the job.
Note also that JLC mentions the 'Skins have thought about the possibility of installing the 3-4 defense.