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Jim Mora Withdraws

Just got off the phone with Bob Lamonte, Jim Mora's agent. Jim Mora has withdrawn from the Redskins job citing family concerns. Mora had a great visit, Lamonte said, but after returning to Seattle last night he sat down with his family and realized it was not a vacancy he could continue to pursue at this point. Many around the league believe Mora, who has deep ties to the Pacific Northwest and is a U of Washington guy, is the prime candidate for the Seattle job should Mike Homlgren retire as many NFL executives and coaches believe he will.

"Jim had a wonderful meeting with the Redskins and he loved the organization and had nothing but good things to say about Dan Snyder," Lamonte said. "But at the end of the day family counts most and Jim has three children under the age of 12 and he idea of moving his family across the country for the third time in three years was just untenable."

As I have written for a wee nowk, Gregg Williams is seen to be the frontrunner for the Skins job. He is now the only remaining known candidate to interview who has prior NFL head coaching experience. I continue to believe a candidate will be selected over the weekend - which sources around the league believe will be Williams - and look for a press conference by Tuesday. Snyder could always decide to start interviewing more candidates next week, but he has made it clear to those who have met with him that he is looking to begin moving forward with the offseason with a new coach.

Gotta get my makeup on here at Comcast - yeah, it's sad but true, but I am sure we'll be yapping about this more on Washington Post Live on Comcast Sportsnet.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 18, 2008; 4:35 PM ET
 
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