While Jim Fassel continues to be the front-runner for the Redskins head coaching spot, there are three names on the list that the team is taking a hard look at over the weekend before a final decision is reached. According to today’s Washington Post, the team is still thinking about Fassel, former 9’ers and Lions coach Steve Mariucci and Colts coordinator Ron Meeks. It has been now 32 days since Joe Gibbs stepped down, so what owner Daniel Snyder is waiting for is anyone’s guess.
Snyder has been turned down by a couple of coaches already, including Jim Mora Jr., who will eventually be the top man in Seattle in 2009, Jim Caldwell, who will take over as Colts coach in 09, and Giants defensive coordinator Jim Spagnuolo, who just signed on for three more years with the Super Bowl champs at about $2 mil per season. It seems that everyone Snyder targets gets a better deal elsewhere.
The Post says that the search is due to be done soon, but one has to wonder how much progress the new coach already has lost in trying to get assistants on the staff, as well as having to scramble to look at impending free agency as well as college players that will be getting ready for the scouting combine in Indy soon. The “Mooch” had met with Snyder in Arizona before the Super Bowl, while both Meeks and Fassel have met a few times with the Skins owner, trying to lock up the position.