The Meeks and Mooch Report
Jason Reid sends this in:
Just got off the phone with a league source who said Ron Meeks is among the finalists for the Redskins' coaching vacancy after his second interview yesterday in Indianapolis, but it appears that Steve Mariucci could soon become a bigger part of the process.
Meeks, the Colts' defensive coordinator, met with owner Daniel Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, executive vice president of football operation, in Indianapolis, and the question-and-answer portion of the interview lasted about five hours. Meeks made a good impression in his initial interview Jan. 17 that lasted more than 10 hours (it continued into the next morning at Snyder's home), and Snyder's opinion of Meeks remained high as he left Indianapolis to fly to Arizona for the Super Bowl, the source said.
But here comes "Mooch." Mariucci, who formerly coached the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions, apparently has increased his behind-the-scenes efforts to get into the mix for the job, the league source said. Although Mariucci's agent yesterday denied a TV report that Mariucci would formally interview with the Redskins next week, the buzz at the Super Bowl is that Snyder will meet privately with Mariucci, who works for the NFL Network, before everyone bolts from Arizona after the big game.
Former assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassell are the others candidates who have had multiple interviews. Williams, no longer under consideration to replace Joe Gibbs, was recently "released" to pursue other jobs.
The Redskins could interview Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the Super Bowl. Snyder and Cerrato also have discussed expanding the process to include more candidates, said agents who have spoken with the Redskins.
More than at any point in this dizzying process, however, it appears Mariucci and the Redskins could be moving closer together. My little boy needs a diaper change and I've got to text my partner, J La, on some other coaching search tidbits I've learned since the last of our thousand or so daily texts and phone calls.
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