- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

GLENDALE, Ariz. — New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will interview with Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and executive vice president Vinny Cerrato tomorrow for the team’s vacant coaching position.

Spagnuolo will become the sixth and, sources with knowledge of the situation said, final candidate to interview for the job. The Redskins could end their long-running search for a replacement for coach Joe Gibbs as early as Wednesday.

Contrary to previous reports, former San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci wasn’t interviewed here yesterday. An NFL source said Snyder and Cerrato met with Mariucci four days earlier.

The 48-year-old Spagnuolo, whose Giants faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII last night to conclude his first year as a coordinator, will fly home with his team today and interview in Washington tomorrow.

Spagnuolo served as a training camp intern for the Redskins in 1983 — his first NFL job — and was a defensive assistant for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999 to 2006 before going to the Giants.

Mariucci went 72-67 in nine years as coach of the 49ers and Lions, making the playoffs three times. He has been an analyst for the NFL Network since being fired by the Lions during the 2005 season.

The 52-year-old Mariucci followed defensive coordinators Jim Schwartz of the Tennessee Titans and Ron Meeks of the Indianapolis Colts, since-dismissed Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams and former Giants coach Jim Fassel in interviewing with Snyder and Cerrato. Schwartz apparently is no longer under consideration.

Meanwhile, two league sources confirmed yesterday that Williams interviewed with the Dallas Cowboys but not for a coordinator position.

Williams also interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars’ defensive coordinator job.

The Cowboys have an opening at linebackers coach, and Williams likely would carry the title of assistant head coach-linebackers. Coach Wade Phillips, one of the league sources said, assured Brian Stewart last week that his job as coordinator was safe. Veteran NFL coach Dom Capers was offered the linebackers position last week but he has yet to decide on his status.

Dallas has lost four defensive assistants since the end of the season and has hired Dave Campo (secondary) and Todd Grantham (defensive line).

New Redskins offensive coordinator Jim Zorn, meanwhile, is expected to begin working at Redskin Park midweek. It is assumed he will double as the quarterbacks coach. Bill Lazor, the quarterbacks-coach-in-limbo, has received permission to speak with an NFL team. Seattle has an opening following Zorn’s departure.

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