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I continue to hear from multiple league sources that Jim Fassel was the person interviewing with the Redskins, and that he returned to Arizona without a contract. According to league sources, Fassel was told the team would make a decision shortly, perhaps in a day or two. Some NFL execs believe this was Fassel's second interview with Snyder - that he was the first unnamed interviewee the day after Jim Schwartz - but I can not get that confirmed as Snyder/Cerrato operate under their code of silence.

As I've said before, I spoke to Fassel the day after that first mystery candidate interviewed and he told me flat out that he had not been contacted by the Redskins (but honesty is not a hallmark of this process, and given the code of silence he would not be the first person to spread false information if that turns out to be the case). Fassel has not returned calls lately and his representatives have said they knew of no meetings between him and the Redskins but were trying to speak with Jim to verify the authenticity of what I am hearing. Snyder's flak as a rule does not grasp the concept of returning calls.)

Fassel, who has experience mentoring young quarterbacks - with great success in that regard early in his career and not so much lately - could become a part of the offensive staff as well. He was rejected for the offensive coordinator job in Kansas City a few weeks back, and has not received too many sniffs for head coaching gigs since then. I have heard repeatedly this offseason that Snyder and Cerrato have been bashing Al Saunders, unhappy with the development of the offense under him and very concerned they have the right people in place to mold young QB Jason Campbell. So it would not surprise me at all if Fassel is hired - if he is hired at all - that it's on the offensive side of the ball.

But the fact also remains that Snyder had a strong feeling for Fassel during 2004 interviews, before Joe Gibbs resurfaced. He could love this guy and think he is the perfect figure to lead the organization into the future. At the end of the day it's all up to Snyder. He can prolong the process as long as he likes and he can choose the coach he desires.

The Redskins staff, most of which is in Mobile for the Senior Bowl, have not received any word from ownership or management about the process for two weeks now and the coaches and scouts do not know if it will be Gregg Williams or an outside candidate. None of the other people to interview and not withdraw from the search - Williams, Schwartz, Meeks - have heard anything from the brass since their meetings, according to league sources.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 22, 2008; 8:56 AM ET
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