The Washington Redskins are going against the grain, as the Washington Post is reporting that the team is not giving the head coaching spot to Gregg Williams, instead the team is going with former Giants head coach Jim Fassel. Two days ago Fassel and Skins owner Daniel Snyder met for the third time, and evidently that was enough for Snyder to decide on Fassel over Williams. It was thought at first after Joe Gibbs stepped down that Williams would be the guy. He was interviewed four times by the organization, but with the amount of time and other coaches that the Skins talked to, it became obvious that they were not going to go with Williams.
The Post is reporting that the team is also going to name Rex Ryan as the teams new defensive coordinator, and Jim Zorn is the top choice to take over and run the offense. Zorn talked to the team today, and he would replace Al Saunders. When Gibbs walked away as head coach, Williams was almost the shoe-in for head coach, and Synder said that the organization would not make wholesale changes. Now for whatever reason that does not seem the case.
As for Fassel, this will be his second go-around as a head coach in the NFL. In seven seasons as the Giants head coach, the team went 58-53-1. He was the teams head coach when the Giants were last in the Super Bowl, 2000 when they were beat by the Baltimore Ravens. He was fired three seasons later after going 4-12.