It turns out that the team's recent dalliance with defensive coordinator candidates Todd Bowles and Gregg Williams was orchestrated not by head coach Jay Gruden or team president Bruce Allen. It was handled directly by Snyder.
That could be because Gruden's position may have also been up for grabs. Per La Canfora:
Snyder flew Bowles, an accomplished former safety with the team who was recently fired as the Jets head coach, to the Washington team facility and made a concerted attempt to convince him to take over the team's defense. While the sides did not enter into negotiations, sources said, Snyder was leading this push, not head coach Jay Gruden, and the owner made it clear he would compensate Bowles as well as any coordinator in the NFL and was also willing to alter his personnel structure within football operations if Bowles was interested.
As one source with knowledge of the situation put it, "Dan put the full-court press on (Bowles). He didn't want to let him leave. He wanted to know what conditions it would take to get him to stay. If Todd had said, 'I'll only do it if I am the head coach,' I think he may have gone for it."
This goes back to point number two above, where the team can't convince qualified candidates to coach here. It might be a more damning refusal from Williams, who has been here and has a relationship with the man on the other end of the phone.
La Canfora's larger point is the Gruden's role as head coach with the right to hire and fire his own staff has been usurped, which does not speak well for Gruden's future. He goes on to further suggest that if Gruden is gone after next season, it could be Williams and Bowles coming back to interview for the top job.
In the meantime, Gruden stays on and so, apparently, will Manusky.
It's been a long time since Snyder was accused of meddling in the coaching hallway, but patience is reportedly running short in the corner office.