WASHINGTON -- The Washington Redskins interviewed assistant
coach Gregg Williams for their head coaching vacancy Saturday,
granting an audience to the leading in-house candidate for the job.
A person familiar with the selection process said Williams
became the third person to interview with owner Dan Snyder, who is
seeking a replacement for Joe Gibbs. The person also said the
Redskins are interested in Indianapolis Colts assistants Jim
Caldwell and Ron Meeks, either of whom would put the Redskins in
compliance with the "Rooney Rule" that requires at least one
minority to be interviewed.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Redskins
haven't publicly stated the names of any candidates.
Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz interviewed
on Thursday, and Snyder on Friday met with a second candidate whose
name hasn't been made public.
Williams has often been portrayed as the heir apparent to the
head coaching job since Gibbs brought him to Washington to run the
defense in 2004. His defenses have ranked in the top 10 in three of
his four seasons with the Redskins.
Williams was 17-31 over three seasons with the Buffalo Bills
from 2001-03 in his only previous stint as a head coach.
Caldwell and Meeks would not be available for hire until the
Colts are eliminated from the playoffs. Caldwell, the Colts'
assistant head coach, has become a regular on the interview
circuit, having met with the Atlanta Falcons and Baltimore Ravens
about their openings last week. He also interviewed with the
Arizona Cardinals last year.
Meeks, the Colts' defensive coordinator, was an assistant with
the Redskins in 2000.