You can hold off on the notion that Redskins assistant
And this was no cursory three-hour, keep-your-name-on-file interview either. Snyder and Redskins vice president of football operations
Sources say Snyder came away very impressed with Schwartz's intelligence, coaching philosophy and communication skills. That Schwartz, 41, is close to Snyder in age (the owner is 42), and knows the D.C. market from having grown up in Baltimore and attended Georgetown further boosts his candidacy. That common ground lent itself to a long and surprisingly detailed and wide-ranging conversation that stretched from morning until early evening.
And there's another factor that could work in Schwartz's favor: He's suddenly in demand, at least in terms of head coaching interviews. Schwartz was scheduled to be in Atlanta on Friday to interview for the Falcons' coaching vacancy, and the Dolphins received permission to meet with him about their opening on Monday. Knowing he may have competition for Schwartz can't possibly do anything but deepen Snyder's interest in him, since Snyder seldom shies away from a bidding war.
Conventional wisdom was that Sndyer would follow his familiar pattern of seeking a head coaching candidate who has headline name potential -- see
Sndyer is said to be focused on how to seamlessly build on the success that the Redskins had this season, when they rallied to a 9-7 finish and made the NFC playoffs as a wild card entry. Interestingly, that desire seemed to strongly favor Williams, the team's assistant head coach-defense under Gibbs. Several Redskins players have come out strongly in favor of Williams being elevated to replace Gibbs, and his three years of head coaching experience in Buffalo (2001-03) was seen as another plus.
But in Schwartz the Redskins would be hiring someone who runs a very similar style of attacking and aggressive defense to the one Williams has installed in Washington. In part that's because Schwartz served two years as a defensive assistant under Williams in Tennessee (1999-2000), when Williams was the Titans' defensive coordinator.
The Titans were ranked fifth defensively this season, and Tennessee made the AFC playoffs for the first time since 2003. Schwartz' only previous head coaching interview took place in San Francisco in 2005, before the 49ers hired
• Don't laugh off the possibility that Baltimore would try to offer the Bengals draft picks in exchange for hiring head coach
Secondly, after five years, Lewis and Bengals owner
Lewis reportedly has three years left on his contract in Cincinnati, and would covet the chance to come "home'' to coach the Ravens. Besides Newsome, the biggest factor that Lewis has in his favor is his good relationship with Ravens linebacker
• Can't quite fathom what Falcons owner
So the logical question is, did the
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