With Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder keeping his head coach selection process under wraps, speculation has overwhelmed facts since Joe Gibbs stepped down Jan. 8. The organization has neither announced candidates' names nor made public statements about the search.
A person familiar with the selection process, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press yesterday that New York Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and possibly New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels are on Snyder's radar, even though they won't be available for talks until the Super Bowl is played Feb. 3.
The person also said Snyder might not wait until the Super Bowl to make a hire, that former Ravens assistant and ex-New York Giants coach Jim Fassel remains a strong contender and that Redskins assistant Gregg Williams has not been ruled out. Also in the running are two others known to be interviewed by the owner - Indianapolis Colts defensive coordinator Ron Meeks and Tennessee Titans defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz (Mount St. Joseph).
The person familiar with the process said, "There likely are candidates yet to be interviewed." Snyder also has been trying to find top assistants for whomever he hires. Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Jim Zorn interviewed Wednesday to be offensive coordinator, and Snyder is interested in the Ravens' Rex Ryan as defensive coordinator, the person said.
Patriots -- Coach Bill Belichick declined to discuss Tom Brady's health a few days after the quarterback was photographed limping in New York with a cast on his right foot. Brady did not show up during the first 15 minutes of practice, when reporters are allowed to observe, and it was not immediately known if he would play after the session was closed to the media.
Falcons -- Brian VanGorder left the University of South Carolina after five weeks as defensive coordinator to take the same job with Atlanta. VanGorder, 48, spent this season as the Falcons' linebackers coach.
Dolphins -- Former UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell was hired as Miami's wide receivers coach.