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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 the hot new thing in the NFL.

Will the decision to extend the contracts of essentially the entire staff be a factor now? Will the backwards nature of the search -- assistants and coordinators first; head coach last -- loom large? Would Spagnuolo take his first head coaching job being stuck with essentially someone else's staff working with a defensive coordinator who wields a big stick and already has deep relationships with the other coaches and players?

Would Snyder now, finally, get rid of some people he just hired and/or extended to allow Spagnuolo to have more staff options? (We'd be beyond crazy at that point). Would Snyder leave Jim Fassel at the altar, again?

None of this is ideal, but money talks and opportunity can sometimes trump all. We're going on a month now since Joe Gibbs stepped down, and the intrigue remains. The goal is to wrap this up by the end of the week no matter who the coach is, we'll see if Spagnuolo soars to the head of the class after his interview.

By washingtonpost.com Sports Editor  |  February 4, 2008; 10:24 AM ET
 
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first!

Posted by: mattdemasi | February 4, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

3rd

Posted by: trailblazer658 | February 4, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Spagnuolo won't be the HC. He showed he is a great coordinator, but we don't know if he is a "leader of men." Considering that the offensive and defensive coaching staff is all in place, the most important quality for our HC is that he is a leader of men and knows how to manage people. Assuming that 1: Blanche calls defensive plays and 2: Zorn calls offensive plays, the HC really doesn't "matter" too much at this point. No way we hire Spagnuolo.

Its Mooch or Fassel and my money is on Fassel.

Posted by: SETH.LEMASTER | February 4, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I say we hire Justin Tuck as the coach and a player.

Posted by: sams3 | February 4, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Did Mariucci ever interview over the weekend? Heard he was going to and never heard anything more.

Posted by: BILL | February 4, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

7th

Posted by: mikeacosta20 | February 4, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Our once proud franchise, now a lesson in mopishness.

Posted by: Skinz | February 4, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

dc, from the previous post, thanks, the Pats losing saved all non-pats fans living in the area from 9 months of having to listen to the local drivel, and from me shoving a rusty screw-driver into my ear to stop it.

As far as the local teams go, I'm a huge Sox/Celts fan. As for the Bruins, never been to a professional hockey game in my life..just doesn't interest me.

I've got to think that Spags is the hot candidate based on what the game plan he put out there for the super bowl.

Posted by: gregmarino88 | February 4, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I've postponed announcing this ... because I didn't want to distract from the Championship game, but I am attaching below a link to the Skins season in haiku.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/redskinsinsider/2007/08/jc_says_he_will_play.html#comments

It is one thing to be able to post "first," but it is truly grueling to post last. Special kudos to daggar (aka cload and daggar) and MV Dame. The haikuing starts around 6pm on August 16th.

p.s. I hope this distracts from the hiring of the head coach.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

They just said on espn2 that gregg williams interviewed with the cowboys over the weekend....good job snyder

Posted by: grizlies98 | February 4, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

First off congratulations to the New York Football Giants. Secondly Bellicheat solidlified his place as a classless jerk leaving the field before the game was even over....

to quote Mark Schlereth "garbage".

Now the question remains who will be the new coach? If the Dan really wants to make a push for Spags he went about this thing all wrong. He is going to want to bring in HIS guys and do things his way....

How arrogant of Danny/Vinny to think that they may know better than whoever the new head coach is going to be...

Coaching in all three facets has to be a cohesive scheme not just three guys you throw together. What if for example your head coach and OC/DC dont see eye to eye and the ways things should be run? You end up with contention and a potentially volitale situation behind the scenes.

We need a coaching staff that chose to work together with one vision for the direction of the team. Not a group of guys forced together by an over zealous owner...

Sorry for the long post

Posted by: trailblazer658 | February 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Spagnuolo for HC 2008! If he can take a defense that was unremarkable with the exception of the Defensive Line (probably best in the NFL) and make them remarkable, he is my man!

Posted by: tvalado | February 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

"... the Pats losing saved all non-pats fans living in the area from 9 months of having to listen to the local drivel, and from me shoving a rusty screw-driver into my ear to stop it. ..."

Posted by: gregmarino88 | February 4, 2008 10:36 AM

greg(b), maybe I jumped the gun ... but I assume the 9 month local drivel was going to be b!tching about the officiating in the Super Bowl.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

greg(b), that's a couple of couples. But MOSTLY, congrats to YOU for the Pats' upset loss. I imagine the "local flavor" of that result has to be extra specially tasty for guys like you and Old School livin up there in the kingdom of Pats/BoSox/Celtics/not Bruins.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2008 10:26 AM

sween - the "local flavor" is still a little hard to stomach after the loss. A couple of guys I work with keep talking about how sick to their stomachs they are and how they couldn't sleep last night. I live and die by the Skins but I still realize it's a game. Just a little perspective is needed sometimes.

Posted by: BCBarney | February 4, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Here's a solution if the Danny want Spagnuolo but Spag wants to pick his own coordinators. Simply let Spag hire his choices for Assistant Head Coach - Offense and Assistant Head Coach - Defense, i.e. the same titles Gregg and Al had. These would be de facto demotions for Blache and Zorn and wouldn't sit well with them, but all the $ that the Danny is paying them should make it easier to swallow.

Posted by: godiva2 | February 4, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

I expect it to be Mooch. I'm sure Snyder doesn't want to simply follow the whims of the fans, but the backlash to the thought of Fassel was really really bad. Mooch got a much better fan reaction (though certainly not perfect).

I just don't see how you can bring in a DHC and not lose Blatche, either this year or next year. I guess Spags or Meeks might accept the deal to keep Blatche this season but if isnt working, to allow him to fire Blatche next season. i guess that might work.

but it seems kinda foolish. OHC seems to be the way to go.

Spags seems to be the hot pick but like I said the other day, I wouldn't base this decision on one game. and it wasn't too long ago that our mediocre offense beat the living **** out of those Giants in NY. don't get sucked up into this.

my vote is for Mooch or Meeks.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | February 4, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Snyder better not get caught up with Spags because their success was the result of the players executing. You can call the perfect game but the players must execute in order for it to be successful. We need Mooch who is a proven head coach and would allow Blache to run the D and has familiarity with WC offense.

Posted by: tkawamoto22 | February 4, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

They just said on espn2 that gregg williams interviewed with the cowboys over the weekend....good job snyder

Posted by: grizlies98 | February 4, 2008 10:37 AM

Did you mean to say they said this days ago, when it was new news?

Posted by: sams3 | February 4, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Blache and Zorn almost should have to be part of the interview to see if they could work together but that would make too much sense. Seems like Spags and Blache have similar philosphies so far as being aggressive and getting after the QB. But who knows how they would mesh as far as scheme goes. Its probably gonna be Fassel but I will continue to hold out hope it is not.

Posted by: cdubb | February 4, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

SHABINGUS

True Story.

Posted by: Dorf | February 4, 2008 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Shabingus Redux, Electric Boogoloo

Posted by: clawrence | February 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I can't believe BB left early like that. His players had to suck it up and go back out on the field. What an infant. He acts like he is the only coach in the NFL that hurts when they lose. He is the only one that puts time and effort in.

Posted by: sams3 | February 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

trailblazer, when Bellichek left, I figured it must have been b/c it was just too painful to stay. HE was the one who ran out across the field first to embrace Coughlin, so that "NFL requirement" for the one second kneel down felt a little vindicative. The one Giant I did feel good about (and still, I'm not exactly "happy" for them ... they are, after all, still the Giants) was Coughlin. After the public berating he got in 2006, esp. from Tiki, he seemed like he was the only one who really suffered long enough to warrant praise.

In other news, I'm hoping Strahan finally does decide to retire, now that he has the ring, and that Shockey gets traded ... to some AFC team that we don't have to see for a while, maybe the AFC South.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

So with the rightful selections of Green/Monk to the HOF does this mean the Skins will be playing in the pre-season HOF game?

Seems like they try to tie in a team with whoever's enshrined and this will definitely be the Redskins year in Canton...

Posted by: gibs10 | February 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If anyone didn't get a chance to watch the NFL Network post game show, they said goodbye to Mooch...just in case this was thier last broadcast together. Deion was lobbying for the Skins to hire him. He said that we don't need a defensive mind at HC. I tend to agree.

When they asked Mooch who he thought was going to be in the Super Bowl next year, he said the Giants...then looked at Deion and giggled as he said, "Unless the Redskins make it in."

He wouldn't confirm if he was interviewed or if he was leaving, but he definitely talked to Danny boy.

I really like Mooch...and if Gregg goes to Dallas, he is going to be carrying a stick so big that Blache's will look like a toohpick. Don't look forward to that meeting. JC better get his running shoes on.

Posted by: roger_c_hughes | February 4, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I was happy for Eli...i know on surface thats kinda gag me...but that kid just got destroyed up here in NYC....

I wanted to see the Jints kick a FG with that final second, how funny would that have been?!?!?!?!

CHRIS LARRy

Posted by: clawrence | February 4, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

In other news, I'm hoping Strahan finally does decide to retire, now that he has the ring, and that Shockey gets traded ... to some AFC team that we don't have to see for a while, maybe the AFC South.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2008 10:45 AM


Skins will probably trade the #21 pick for Strahan. Bruce Smith 2.0

Posted by: cdubb | February 4, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

"... I wanted to see the Jints kick a FG with that final second, how funny would that have been?!?!?!?!"

Posted by: clawrence | February 4, 2008 10:48 AM

I would never have occurred to me, but that would have been the sweetest justice for the rest of the league. Shows where you're mind is at chRIs Larry, I mean, chRIs Bellarrychek.

Posted by: dcsween | February 4, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

I just want to thank dan snyder for making this coaching process a personal decision and firing Gregg williams. now he is interviewing with the cowboys. thanks alot Dan. send our best coach to your archrival.

Thanks Dan

Posted by: keithfbutler | February 4, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

By the 4th quarter, I didn't care who would win... the only thing I wanted to see was Eli's reaction to winning the Super Bowl. Would he have that "deer in headlights" look? Would he smile? Would he look like he had a ruptured spleen?

I believe I saw all 3 looks by the end of the ceremonies. Good for him! Credit goes to the defense though... if Madden were doing a Horse Trailer POG, the whole defensive line would be on there. Good grief.

Posted by: Dorf | February 4, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Williams to Dallas makes no sense the only opening they have is at linebacker coach.
Jones is just try to piss off Skins fans by trying to make them think the Cowboys want GG.

Posted by: BILL | February 4, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

So, here's a question: Who's the biggest loser on the Redskins after the Giants Super Bowl Victory?

I nominate Anthony Mix. Poor dude could have had a Super Bowl Ring as a rookie, and now all he's got is a few special teams hits and a recovery in a playoff game. The Redskins owe him one after snaring him off the Giants practice squad.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 4, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Hire Fassel.

Enough of this interview process.

Fassel will do fine.

The coach really doesn't matter in Redskin land if the wrong players are brought in.

Give him a second chance.
He's a good guy.

Posted by: soc22210 | February 4, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Eli does have the best gas face in sports.....dude must have lemons for gumz

chris larry

Posted by: clawrence | February 4, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I just want to thank dan snyder for making this coaching process a personal decision and firing Gregg williams. now he is interviewing with the cowboys. thanks alot Dan. send our best coach to your archrival.

Thanks Dan


Posted by: keithfbutler | February 4, 2008 10:53 AM

Make this statment again for the 5th time.

Posted by: sams3 | February 4, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

I'd be amazed if Spagnuolo took this job as I don't think he'll like being saddled with Danny and Vinny's choice of assistants. Nothing against Zorn and Blache but I just think Spanguolo will want his own guys. Our next HC will be a guy who is desperate for a new job and will just take the first HC vacancy he gets offered. That guy is not Spagnuolo as he can now afford the luxury of waiting until a job comes along that he really wants. The guy will Fassel or Marriuci. Can't say that I like either option much.

Posted by: tartanskin | February 4, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

I think Meeks is honestly the most prudent choice. He already gave approval on Blanche and Zorn and his defense has been good for several years... Spags has only been a person of note for the past month or so.

Between Mooch and Fassel, i definitely prefer Mooch, but Fassel may be safer long-term. and by safer i mean, he will most likely screw this team up and we will be able to justify firing him to go after cowher next year.

Posted by: SETH.LEMASTER | February 4, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

roger_c_hughes
I agree with you. They should hire (and hopefully will) hire Mooch. I believe Blache will do a fine job with the defense, but it is Zorn that I am a little concerned with. I'm sure he will blossom into a fine OC, but it is still his first attempt at calling plays and putting a gameplan together as Holgrem did most of that himself. Therefore, an offensive-minded coach works best for me.
Hire Mooch!

Posted by: skinsfan_81 | February 4, 2008 11:00 AM | Report abuse

I just want to thank dan snyder for making this coaching process a personal decision and firing Gregg williams. now he is interviewing with the cowboys. thanks alot Dan. send our best coach to your archrival.

Thanks Dan

Just to satisfy the public

Posted by: keithfbutler | February 4, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Snyder may just say to any prospective coach: give the existing coordinators a shot this year and if you don't think it's working, you can fire them at the end of the year.

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | February 4, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

A very interesting Official Desk Calender Redskins Fact o' the Day:

Tackle Todd Wade's father, Luther, was a fullback in college in the same Mississippi backfield that included quarterback Archie Manning (Peyton and Eli's dad).

Posted by: Dorf | February 4, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Greg Williams has signed to be the D.C. of the Jaguars. He interviewed with Cowboys but I think that was to make the Jaguars push the button and sign him.

Posted by: tj832006 | February 4, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

beep beep!

Posted by: skinsfan_81 | February 4, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

tartanskin,

Get real. This is a pretty choice job that the 'Skins are offering. It's a playoff team -- not Atlanta, Miami, or Baltimore. HC on playoff teams doesn't come up often, usually only after Marty's been fired.

It's NFC East -- high prominence and visiblity. This is where Spaghetti is at home. Not Seattle or Arizona.

It pays a better salary than most head coaching jobs, and it comes with an owner who will buy any players that the coach wants. It's not Cincinnati or Minnesota where they're always under the cap.

And, it's in Washington. We've got Lindsey Czarniak to interview the coach.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | February 4, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

MOOCH better be the new HC.

F SPAGS, FOSSIL..

SNYDER CAN GO F HIMSELF if he doesn't come through!!! A month to Hire FOSSIL.. REALLY?? That would make Danny an F-ing Genius right? What a D BAG!!

Posted by: greg_hughes90 | February 4, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I believe someone brought up the point already but whoever/whomever will be the new coach needs to be announced post haste...

There needs to be some serious sit down time between the new coaches and a clear direction set to be ready for draft-free agency...

Posted by: trailblazer658 | February 4, 2008 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Dorf: aren't you tired of the Jeff Posey questions/trivia?

Posted by: DreamOutLoud | February 4, 2008 11:14 AM | Report abuse

no to Spags. his scheme was good but his players executed and wanted it more.

G Williams won't sign in Dallas. he doesn't coach 3-4 defenses. I see him signing in J-Ville or with his buddy J Fisher in Tenn.

Lastly, G-men should have their parade on the road. Other than a few die-hards, the home crowd treated them badly most of the year.

Had we got past Seattle, we might very well have been celebrating last night. Like Gibbs said, we could have made a serious run and the Pats were ripe for the picking.

The NFC is back and the NFC East schedule is again by far the toughest in the NFL.

Posted by: gregskins | February 4, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

A comment is made above about Spags and head coaching and only having been a DCoord, etc.

It is all a crapshoot, no matter how Snyder proceeds....

Hire GreggW or Fassel or Mooch? Hiring a former coach, just like Schottenheimer.
Hire Spags? Hiring the hot assistant of the day, just like Joe Gibbs (1981) and Norv Turner in their day.

Fortunately, The Danny isn't interviewing Urban Myers or Ralph Friegen, so we hopefully won't get a repeat of the Old Ball Coach.

But in the end, it is all a crapshoot...and until the 'skins get a real GM with real talent skills we have a problem.

Posted by: BwanaWannabe | February 4, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Spag has been very good, but not good enough. He didn't shut down the Pats so much as the Pats played as though the game should have been handed to them. They appeared upset that the Giants were trying to win.

So interview him, yeah, pick his brain a bit. Keep an open mind if he blows you away, but the better choices are Mooch, Fassel, and Meeks in that order.

Posted by: jvwright | February 4, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs was a unknown co-ordinator. Mooch. Meeks or Spags. Tampa Bay, Dallas, Green Bay and the Pats. The man must know something. Would have loved for it to have been Williams.

Posted by: jgburket | February 4, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse


To those of you who say it's danny's team and his money and he can do as he pleases--and he damn well will. I have 2 names that will show HOW UTTERLY INCOMPETENT Snyder IS AND WHY HE CAN DO WHAT THE HELL HE WANTS AND THE FANS DON'T COUNT FOR SQUAT. The names are: Gregg Williams AND Antonio Pierce. What the hell else do you needto be convinced about Snyder.

Posted by: vergens2 | February 5, 2008 4:03 AM | Report abuse

Hell... if you want a legend coach we minus well go and dig up Vince Lombardi's old bones and hire him as our next coach!!!

Posted by: scoopluv8 | February 5, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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