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
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
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.