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Redskins to Meet With Jim Schwartz

Jim Schwartz, who replaced Gregg Williams as the leader of the Tennessee Titans defense, has been identified as a candidate for the Redskins coaching vacancy, league sources said, and is expected to interview for the position this week, possibly as soon as today.

Schwartz is a Baltimore native who is to interview for the Atlanta job as well. Several NFL sources said that they took the identification of Schwartz as a candidate as another sign that Williams, who the players strongly support, does not appear to be the front runner. Williams actually helped break in Schwartz as a young coach on Jeff Fisher's staff.

Schwartz has annually had a strong defense with the Titans and began his career in the Cleveland/Baltimore organization. He comes from the same coaching family as Williams, and thus runs a similar system.

Bill Cowher, a CBS analyst, has continued to tell associates that he has no plans to end his two-year hiatus. Some league sources have suggested Seattle defensive backs coach Jim Mora, a former head coach in Atlanta, as a possibility for the Redskins as well at some point, but the Seahwaks are still in the playoffs and he can not be contacted at this time.

Other available coaches with prior head coaching experience include Brian BIllick and Marty Schottenheimer, but the Redskins are not expected to go that route at this point, though things could change. Williams is seen as the top in house candidate, but sources who have been in contact with members of Washington's existing coaching staff say that none of those coaches has been given any indication that they are in line for the opening at this point.

The agent for one of Washington's coaches said that he believes that the Redskins would have given the staff some hint by now that the top candidate is already within the building by now if that were the case.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 10, 2008; 1:01 PM ET
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