- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Celebrations for the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants are expected to push Steve Spagnuolo’s interview for Washington’s coaching vacancy back a few hours today. Spagnuolo won’t have the chance to begin meeting with Redskins owner Dan Snyder and executive vice president Vinny Cerrato until tonight, after the Giants defensive coordinator had attended his team’s Super Bowl victory parade and after Snyder and Cerrato fete newly-elected Hall of Famers Darrell Green and Art Monk at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Va. The late start means that Spagnuolo’s interview session should resume again on Wednesday, quite possibly delaying the announcement of a new coach until Thursday or Friday. That would make it nearly a month after Joe Gibbs retired for the second time. Snyder, who stalled the search so he could interview Spagnuolo, is expected to have a coach in place by the end of the week. “He’s been waiting for [Spagnuolo] ever since the Giants beat Dallas when he took care of the Cowboys with basically a make-shift secondary,” a league source said. Spagnuolo, who capped a fine first year as a coordinator by shutting down New England’s record-setting offense and helping his Giants win Super Bowl XLII on Sunday night, is suddenly the favorite for the NFL’s only remaining head coaching vacancy. At 48, he never will be hotter. And the presence of a staff almost totally in place shouldn’t be an issue since he handled the same situation so well with the Giants. Spagnuolo was the seventh and last candidate to interview for the Redskins’ job. He follows fellow defensive coordinators Jim Schwartz of Tennessee and Ron Meeks of Indianapolis; former Atlanta coach Jim Mora, who elected to stay with the Seattle Seahawks; former Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams; former Giants coach Jim Fassel; and former San Francisco and Detroit coach Steve Mariucci. A graduate of Springfield (Mass.) College and the University of Massachusetts, where he was a graduate assistant, Spagnuolo’s first NFL job was as a training camp intern for the Redskins in 1983. He then coached at Lafayette, Connecticut, Maine, Rutgers and Bowling Green, scouted for the San Diego Chargers and served stints with Barcelona and Frankfurt of NFL Europe before rejoining the NFL for good with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. DuringSpagnuolo’s eight years with the Eagles that included five playoff berths, four NFC East titles and a Super Bowl trip, he coached defensive backs and linebackers. He joined the Giants as defensive coordinator, replacing Tim Lewis, last January. Staff writer Ryan O’Halloran contributed to this report

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