Fassel meets with Redskins over coaching vacancies

Updated: January 22, 2008, 11:39 AM ET
By Chris Mortensen | ESPN.com

Jim Fassel, the last coach to take the New York Giants to a Super Bowl, met with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder on Monday.

Fassel could emerge as a serious candidate for the Redskins' head coaching vacancy or potentially for the offensive coordinator's job, the sources said. Fassel could not be reached for comment.

Fassel was a finalist for the Redskins job in 2004 until Joe Gibbs came out of retirement to replace Steve Spurrier. Snyder and vice president of player personnel Vinny Cerrato traveled cross-country on Christmas Eve in 2003 to conduct a two-day interview with Fassel, who had been fired as the Giants coach.

Fassel was a two-time coach of the year with the Giants and led them to the NFC championship before losing the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens in 2000. He was 58-53-1 in seven seasons as the Giants coach, including a 4-12 record in his final year in which the team was decimated by injuries. He has been working as a media analyst since being fired by the Ravens as offensive coordinator during the '06 season.

Redskins defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been considered the favorite for the team's head coaching job and has intervviewed or conversed on at least four occcasions with Snyder and Cerrato. There also has been unconfirmed media speculation that even if Williams is named the coach that Snyder could be looking for an offensive coordinator to replace Al Saunders.

Chris Mortensen covers the NFL for ESPN.

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