Redskins' Coaching Search Steals Giants' Spotlight

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2008

They may not be champions like their NFC East rivals, but the Washington Redskins commanded attention before, during, and after the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl XLII proved to be "one for the ages,” as Eli Manning and the underdog New York Giants shocked the football world and smothered New England's dream of a perfect season.

But amid the pregame hype and postgame glory, another organization's name made headlines.

With a head coach search now bordering on the bizarre, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has proven how meddlesome he can be.  In less than a month Snyder said goodbye to Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, then interviewed assistant head coach Gregg Williams four times before showing him the door along with the team's other assistant head coach, Al Saunders.

Last week Snyder replaced Saunders and Williams with new offensive and defensive coordinators, despite having yet to choose Gibb’s replacement.  In the meantime, certain candidates are rumored to be in consideration for the vacant position.

Former Giants head coach Jim Fassel remains a front-runner.  In his most recent interview with Snyder, he highly recommended Jim Zorn and Greg Blache, both of whom were hired for the coordinator jobs.

It has been nearly two weeks since that meeting, however, and some news outlets have warned that Fassel could pull his name from consideration if the search continues beyond this week.

Meanwhile, Snyder and executive vice president Vinny Cerrato were rumored to have met secretly with former San Francisco head coach Steve Mariucci at the site of the Super Bowl.  Mariucci was in Glendale, Arizona to cover the game for the NFL Network.

Apparently, the meeting was one of two conducted by Snyder in the days leading up to the contest.  The other was with Indianapolis defensive coordinator Ron Meeks, who has recently interviewed for the job.

But the man who may have improved his chances the most is Steve Spagnuolo, the Giants' defensive coordinator, whose master plan suffocated New England's record-breaking offense on Sunday.

Washington's Fox 5 interviewed Spagnuolo after his team's triumph and the coach refused to comment on this speculation.  Out of respect for the Giants and their management, he said he wished to reflect on the team's accomplishment and celebrate bringing a Super Bowl to NY.

It was reported Monday that Spagnuolo would not be available to interview with anyone until after the Giants' Super Bowl parade on Tuesday.

By the next morning, a league source confirmed that an interview between Spagnuolo and Snyder had been scheduled for Tuesday, following the festivities.

The source reportedly spoke to the Associated Press and wishes to remain anonymous, also claiming that New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is no longer among the candidates for the Redskins’ job.

But Redskins fans had more news to follow.

Having waited eight long years, wide receiver Art Monk was finally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He was joined by longtime teammate Darrell Green, who was honored in his first year on the ballot.

A seven-time Pro Bowl cornerback, Green was the NFL's fastest man through most of his 14-year career.  Even at the age of 40, he was clocked at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Green, who was drafted by the Redskins in 1983, finished his playing days in Washington in 2002, winning two Super Bowls during his career.  He also holds the record for interceptions in consecutive seasons (19).

Monk spent his last two seasons with the New York Jets and Philadelphia Eagles, but he will forever be remembered as a Redskin.  Often considered soft-spoken, Monk let his play do the talking for him.

In 13 seasons with Washington, he played in four Super Bowls, winning three of them.  Monk also set franchise records for career receptions (820) and for most consecutive games with a catch (164).

Despite having those marks recently broken, Monk's status as an all-time great possession receiver has now been commemorated in the hallowed halls of Canton, Ohio.