The Coaching Report 1/2/04

The Redskins met again with Jim Fassel this morning, eating breakfast with the former Giants coach one day after speaking with him in San Francisco. WarpathInsiders will keep you updated on the coaching situation.

The search continues this weekend when owner Dan Snyder and vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato will meet with Dennis Green. One Redskins official said he's not sure if it will be a two-day process as it was with Fassel.

And once Seattle is eliminated from the playoffs -- the Seahawks play Green Bay in the first round -- then they'll meet with Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes.

Also, Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson dismissed reports of Bruce Allen being interviewed for the job of team president as ``internet rumors.''

On ESPN radio this morning, Green said the job in Washington ``is a good one because of the players . . . and the stadium. My brother lives in D.C. and I grew up 100 miles from D.C. I never considered coaching anyplace east of the Mississippi until now.''

Green also said ``the Washington situation is interesting. You've got a corporation that is valued at 1.5 billion dollars. No one in the NFL is close to that. What they haven't been able to do is win. . . . Somewhere along the line they haven't hired the right coach.''

The Redskins expect the interview process to last about two weeks, taking it through next weekend. After they finish with Rhodes they'll likely start the second round of interviews. Should any of these candidates fall off their list, then they'll start consulting their secondary list. But, for now, it's just these three men.

Washington is being a bit more cautious after hiring Steve Spurrier one day after they fired Marty Schottenheimer. One Redskins source said the team more or less recruited Spurrier, never really interviewing him. Other teams, this person said, had interviewed Spurrier and were struck by how little he knew about the NFL and any of its assistant coaches, men who should have been potential hires for his staff.


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