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Redskins Insider: February 3, 2008 - February 9, 2008

What's Next

Starting to try to nail down some possible candidates to take over as Offensive Coordinator now that Jim Zorn is the head coach, now that the carpet guy - cool dude, by the way - left and the basement flood is under control. Talked to some people who know Zorn...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 9, 2008; 10:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (233)
 
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Randle El Endorses Zorn

Jason Reid files this dispatch: Just got off the phone with wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who says he's excited about Jim Zorn, recently hired as Washington's offensive coordinator, becoming the team's next head coach. Although Zorn had never previously served as a head coach or top-level offensive assistant before...

By Cindy Boren  |  February 9, 2008; 9:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
 
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Shawn Springs Reacts To The Hiring Of Jim Zorn

Corner Shawn Springs was a former draft pick and star for the Seahawks and knew new Redskins head coach Jim Zorn a tad from his time in Seattle. Springs was enthusiastic about the possibilities but expects significant change in the offense. "The offensive guys better be ready, I'm telling you...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 9, 2008; 8:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (105)
 
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Jim Zorn To Be The Next Head Coach

Just got off the phone with sources with knowledge of the situation. Zorn will be the next head coach. He spent a lot of time with Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder the past two days, team sources said, and the brass - Cerrato in particular - "fell in love with...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 9, 2008; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (234)
 
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John Palermo - New D Line Coach

League soruces said that Palermo, a longtime college coach with strong ties to Vinny Cerrato, signed a contract today to become the Redskins' defensive line coach. Palermo was most recently retired after spending 2007 season with Tenn. Tech. He has never coached in the NFL. That fills out the defensive...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 8, 2008; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (184)
 
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Other Names

My guess continues to be that this is headed to Jim Fassel, with a press conference as soon as Monday and some negotiating this weekend. That's my gut. As far as reporting, spoke to Brian Billick for a few minutes this afternoon. Just figured I'd check in with some other...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 8, 2008; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (254)
 
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All Quiet On Coaching Front/Fun With The Salary Cap

Fassel, Meeks and Mariucci have heard nothing as of this morning. No one called last night to inform them of their status, so they wait. Last I heard Snyder, Cerrato and minority owners were huddled talking things over late last night. Lot of huddling these last four weeks. Wonder when...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 8, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (469)
 
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Steve Spagnuolo Follow Up

Steve Spagnuolo's agent, Bob LaMonte, chatted with me about the process briefly. There is an erroneous AP report stating that Spagnuolo told the Redskins he was not ready to be a head coach. League sources say that idea is ludicrous and that the Redskins were very much interested in him...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 7, 2008; 2:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (663)
 
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Bill Lazor To Seattle; Jack Burns Is Gone; Redskins Never Contacted Grimm

Redskins QB Coach Bill Lazor acccepted an offer to take the same job with Seattle, league sources said, after spending a few days in Seattle interviewing. Lazor was not going to retain his title here. Jack Burns, who coached the QBs here in 2004 and was an offensive assistant the...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 7, 2008; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
 
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Spags To Stay With the Giants

Steve Spagnuolo will remain with the New York Giants and is not a candidate for the Redskins job according to a source with knowledge of the situation. A formal announcement is likely to come later today, with a new three-year deal from the Giants on its way, too. Spagnuolo returned...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 7, 2008; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (450)
 
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AM Update

Still waiting on final confirmation on some things, but I heard that Steve Spagnuolo left town late last night - around 1 am - without a contract. One source said he was not offered the job and is talking to the Giants about a new deal there after guiding that...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 7, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (153)
 
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Late Nite Update

Here's what we got for now ... Still waiting to hear back from some people so will post thru the nite if need be. New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo remained deep in talks with the Redskins regarding the team's head vacancy last night, his second day of meetings...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 7, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (193)
 
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Spags and Williams

As of this moment - 8 pm. - Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo remains in meetings with owner Daniel Snyder about Washington's head coaching vacancy. Things continue to move along and sources close to several candidates believe Snyder will make a decision tonight, with Spagnuolo and Jim Fassel the most likely...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 6, 2008; 7:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
 
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Spags Still In Town

As of 2:15, in real time, as I write this, league sources say that Giants DC Steve Spagnuolo is still in town interviewing for the Redskins head coaching job at owner Daniel Snyder's mansion. The sides began talking face-to-face last evening and Spagnuolo spent the night in a guest house...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 6, 2008; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (229)
 
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Meet Mrs. Spags

Jasno and JReid continue to work the phones, but I wanted to share this little tidbit from the D.C Sports Bog and our pals at the Newark Star-Ledger....

By Cindy Boren  |  February 6, 2008; 11:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (69)
 
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Bill Lazor Interviewing In Seattle

Redskins quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor is in Seattle today to interview for the same position there, league sources said (the position vacated when Seahawks QB Coach Jim Zorn became the offensive coordinator here). Lazor's position is tenuous at best with the Redskins, with him unlikely to retain his title...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 5, 2008; 4:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Gregg Williams To Jacksonville Almost Done

League sources said the sides have agreed to terms but are still hasing out some minor details and the former boss of the Skins defense has not yet signed with the Jags. From what I am hearing it'll be done by dinner time, however. That's an excellent defense there and...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 5, 2008; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Spags And Snyder Already Communicating

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder began courting New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo last night, league sources said, when the men engaged in a phone conversation. By Wednesday morning they will become much better acquainted. Spagnuolo is set to fly to Dulles in a few hours, after the Giants parade...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 5, 2008; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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EB Is Back

Redskins running backs coach Earnest Byner will be back with the team for the 2008 season, league sources said, after interviewing with Tampa Bay for the same position last week. Byner spoke to Bucs Coach Jon Gruden yesterday, league sources said, with the sides mutually agreeing to go in a...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 5, 2008; 9:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (127)
 
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Spags To Interview Tuesday

League sources said Steve Spagnuolo, the Giants defensive coordinator, will meet with Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato tomorrow to formally interview for Washington's head coaching vacancy. He is likely to be the last person to do so. Jim Fassel has been the front runner but this process has been in...

By Jason La Canfora  |  February 4, 2008; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (400)
 
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The Endgame Nears

washingtonpost.com editors here posting JLC's latest: Time for Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato to close this thing out, and obviously Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo comes out of the Super Bowl looking like a hero. The Redskins will interview him soon -- likely by tomorrow -- and no doubt he's...

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 4, 2008; 10:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (53)
 
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