Spagnuolo has all-day interview for Redskins  job

Updated: February 7, 2008, 8:49 AM ET news services

WASHINGTON -- Steve Spagnuolo's interview with the Washington Redskins turned into a marathon.

The architect of the defense that won the Super Bowl spent about 10 hours Wednesday meeting with owner Dan Snyder about the Redskins coaching vacancy, starting in the morning and continuing well into the evening.

That's on top of the 90 minutes the two spent on the phone Monday evening and the first face-to-face portion of the interview at Snyder's house Tuesday night. The talks ran late Tuesday, with the New York Giants defensive coordinator spending the night in a guesthouse on the owner's property, as other candidates have done during the team's monthlong search.

The talks were confirmed by two people familiar with the Redskins selection process who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has preferred to keep the details private.

The Giants, meanwhile, are reportedly ready to offer Spagnuolo a counter-offer if their defensive coordinator is offered the Redskins' head coaching job. Multiple New York-area newspapers reported that New York is willing to give Spagnuolo a significant pay raise in order to keep him with the team.

Snyder is known for holding long sessions with coaching candidates, with preliminary talks often exceeding 12 hours and follow-up meetings held later. The schedule with Spagnuolo is more compressed because the Redskins had to wait until after the Super Bowl to interview him.

Spagnuolo, Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks and former Giants coach Jim Fassel are the three leading contenders to replace Joe Gibbs, who resigned Jan. 8. Snyder has met several times with both Meeks and Fassel.

The owner planned to consider his options and possibly make a decision Wednesday night. He has said he would like to have a coach in place by the end of the week.

Spagnuolo became a hot commodity during the Giants' championship run, which culminated with their 17-14 Super Bowl upset of the New England Patriots.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.