Other three finalists may interview again
For the second time in less than a week, the Arizona Cardinals have interviewed Dennis Green about the team's head coach vacancy, ESPN.com has learned.
Cardinals officials traveled to the West Coast for the session and, although the club has said it plans second interviews with all four identified candidates, Green is the first to get an encore audience. The other candidates are former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel -- a onetime Cardinals offensive coordinator -- and current NFL defensive coordinators Jim Johnson of Philadelphia and Romeo Crennel of New England.
Johnson and Crennel will not be available again while their teams are in the playoffs.
Vice president Michael Bidwill, the son of owner Bill Bidwill, indicated Monday that the successor to Dave McGinnis will come from that quartet. He said the job might be offered before all four candidates have a second interview.
Green first huddled Dec. 31 with members of the Bidwill family and vice president of football operations Rod Graves. That interview took place at the Cardinals' complex. League sources have suggested that Green, 54, is the coach most coveted by the long-suffering organization.
Sources said that during the Tuesday interview, the Cardinals asked Green what they termed the "tough questions," including queries about past off-field incidents. Green is said to have been candid and, for the second time, very impressive in expressing to the Arizona officials his on-field and personnel philosophies.
Green remains a candidate with the Oakland Raiders and the Washington Redskins, as well, and is almost certain to return to the NFL after a two-year hiatus. He compiled a record of 101-70 during 10 seasons with the Vikings and went to the playoffs in eight of those campaigns. He currently serves as an ESPN studio analyst.
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Rhodes, 53, had stints as an NFL head coach with Philadelphia (1995-98) and Green Bay (1999). He was the Redskins' defensive coordinator in 2000.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Len Pasquarelli is a senior writer for ESPN.com.