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Via the Washington Examiner comes yet further evidence of Daniel Snyder’s sound strategy in interviewing candidates for the head-coaching vacancy at the Redskins. That strategy, for which the owner has been roundly panned, has consisted of hiring offensive and defensive coordinators for the team before hiring a head coach. Former coach Joe Gibbs resigned last month.
The hottest guy in all of football coaching is Steve Spagnuolo, the wizard defensive coordinator for the World Champion New York Giants. Spags, as he’s known to his players, has taken a lot of young and untested players and molded them into the league’s most effective unit this year. (Effectiveness, here, measured by how well a defense handles the Patriots in a high-stakes game like the Super Bowl.) Fourteen points: That’s all that this record-setting offense netted against Spags on Sunday night.
Well, as Spags heads south to interview with proven businessman Snyder, it turns out he’s not too turned off that Snyder already as assistants in place. Here’s the Examiner’s reporting on the subordinates situation: “One NFL source said the staffing situation might not be a big concern. ‘Unless they were all bad coaches and that’s not the case,’ the source said.”
So there, Snyder detractors. Have a little faith in a guy steeped in the basics of hiring and management. He’s not a gazillionaire for nothing.