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Meeks/Mora/Campbell Update

Indy assistant Ron Meeks interviewed today, according to sources, while Jim Mora, Seattle assistant and former Atlanta coach, spent part of the day with owner Daniel Snyder as well.

Looks like another night of sleeping on the couch with the Blackberry for me again. Anyway, lot of word spreading around the league of how impressed Snyder was with Mora. If he doesn't hire Williams, look for an exodus of coaches on the defensive side. Joe Gibbs, the players and existing coaches are pushing for Williams; but it's Snyder's call. Mora was not with his agent on the trip, sources said, but with Snyder that's no big deal. With the cash he throws around it's usually a pretty quick negotiation, anyway, and could be done over the phone should he choose Mora as his guy.

One thing to watch in all of this is the role of Vinny Cerrato as well. Vinny is pretty tight with Mora - they worked together in San Fran - while there is not a close bond between Williams and Cerrato in any way. So they'll mull this thing over for a few days, and we'll see what they really think of the current coaching staff and roster by their actions when they name a new guy.

Lots of people around the league think Williams makes the most sense, and they would be surprised if Snyder went with Mora instead - it's not like we're talking about Cowher who has a ring as a head coach - but this is Snyder, who has been a wild card and a big-splash guy his entire career in the NFL, so that points to a more unusual move.

My best guess is a press conference on Tuesday one way or the other.

Jason Reid chatted up Jason Campbell and filed this item:

Quarterback Jason Campbell is among many Redskins players eager to learn who will be the team's next head coach. If the job goes to assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams, Campbell hopes Williams will retain the offensive coaching staff.

"I feel we have great continuity on our team and our staff," Campbell said.

Campbell is especially supportive of play caller Al Saunders. The team's associate head coach-offense, Saunders "is a great coach," Campbell said. "He does a good job with the things that we do. We're improving in a lot of areas and coming a long ways ... as far as offensively. It's an opportunity for us to continue to grow, but it all comes down to who's the head coach."

Although Campbell still is rehabilitating after dislocating his left kneecap and spraining his medial collateral ligament Dec. 6 against the Chicago Bears, he said he's making good progress and his knee should be at full strength soon.

"I'm 85 to 90 percent," he said. "At the same time, you still have to continue to rehab until you get all the strength back. You don't want to go home for the break and not be fully recovered."




By Jason La Canfora  |  January 17, 2008; 7:45 PM ET
 
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