Carroll met with Snyder, but neither side pursued deal

Updated: January 28, 2008, 7:15 PM ET
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WASHINGTON -- Pete Carroll met with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder for nine hours recently, but both sides decided not to pursue the possibility of the USC coach heading to Washington.

Snyder and Carroll met in St. Louis "early in the process" following coach Joe Gibbs' resignation on Jan. 8, a person familiar with the selection process told The Associated Press on Monday. Carroll was comfortable with the Redskins front office structure and much of the coaching staff, the person said, but the former New York Jets and New England Patriots coach decided to remain in the college ranks.

The NFL Network first reported the meeting on Sunday night, citing multiple NFL sources.

Carroll also talked with the Atlanta Falcons about their head coaching opening, but didn't go further with that job as well.

On Sunday, ESPN.com and other news outlets reported that Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks will have a second interview for the Redskins head coaching job Tuesday in Indianapolis.

It's possible, however, the Redskins could interview Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels after the Super Bowl.

Washington fired defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on Saturday. Meeks and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel are currently in the final two to take over for Gibbs, who left the Redskins for a second time at the end of the season.

Many of Gibbs' assistants were at Redskins Park on Monday, and nearly all that remain appear set to keep a job in some capacity under the new head coach. Guard Randy Thomas met with longtime Gibbs pal Joe Bugel, who will continue to coach the offensive line.

"I'm pretty clueless with the situation,'' Thomas said. "I just know Buges is going to be back. That's a big plus, rejuvenating it a little bit. A couple of other guys are back -- it's some good out of it."

Like many players, Thomas said he had "mixed feelings" after learning Williams, a top contender for the head coaching job, had been dismissed. Williams and assistant Al Saunders were fired on Saturday.

The other Gibbs assistants who might not return are quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor and running backs coach Earnest Byner. Lazor's job appears redundant because new offensive guru Jim Zorn is expected to work directly with the quarterbacks, while Byner's contract is about to expire.

Information from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, ESPN.com's John Clayton and The Associated Press is included in this report

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