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Is Williams the One?

Is Williams the One?

Contrary to the early "conventional wisdom", some of which was expressed here, it appear that Gregg Williams is not just the front runner for the job, he's the slam-dunk favorite.

According to multiple reports, Williams had his sit-down with Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato on Saturday and that the session was a mere formality. There will be other interviews—at least one minority candidate has to get an audience—but all indications are Williams will get the gig.

It's not really surprising or anything, but the lack of any sign of encouragement at Gibbs' retirement presser and any leaks to the press that Williams could rest easy in the next couple of days had me puzzled. Perhaps Snyder and company just wanted to make sure that their process was above reproach and they couldn't be accuse of hauling in a token minority just to satisfy the rules.

Of course, nothing is done until it's done. But it seems like this is as done as it can be without being done, if you know what I mean.

If that's the case, that will be far from the end of the coaching news coming out of Ashburn. Will Al Saunders stay on to run the offense? Will any of Gibbs' fellow "Space Cowboys", Bugel, Breaux, and Simmons, stay on? Will Williams want to trim the number of assistant coaches, preferring a smaller, tighter group to a Who, if anyone, will be the defensive coordinator?

There is almost no chance that the answer to the last question will be Jim Schwartz. There has been some speculation that the extensive interview that Snyder had with him earlier this week was for Williams' current job after GW was promoted. The problem is that in order for Schwartz to be able to make such a move without compensation he would have to get a real promotion, not just a fluffed-up title and a bigger paycheck. He currently is the defensive coordinator under a defensively-minded head coach in Jeff Fisher. He would be the same thing under Williams. The Redskins might be able to pull it off if Saunders was the one moving up to head coach, but not with Williams in charge.

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Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Report: Redskins sign CB Tharold Simon to futures contract

Looking to add depth to their secondary, the Redskins reportedly signed former Seahawks and Cardinals cornerback Tharold Simon on Monday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Arizona claimed Simon off waivers after the Seahawks released him following the first week of the regular season. He played in nine games for the Cardinals and was inactive for his final two with the team, which then released him in December.

A fifth-round pick for the Seahawks in 2013, Simon was signed to a future/reserve contract, allowing him to compete for a roster spot during training camp and offseason workouts.

He is the 11th player to sign a futures contract with the Redskins.

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Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

Report: Redskins to interview former Raiders defensive coordinator

The Redskins have set up another interview with a candidate to fill their vacant defensive coordinator position.

According to the Washington Post, Jason Tarver, the defensive coordinator of the Raiders from 2012-2014, will meet with the organization. The date of the interview is not known.

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Before joining the Raiders, Tarver coached in college for five years before the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. He worked his way up to become the outside linebackers coach, a position he held from 2005-2010. Scot McCloughan was the GM of the 49ers while Tarver was coaching there.

After a year as a defensive coordinator in the college ranks at Stanford, Tarver was hired as the Raiders’ defensive coordinator. He was a defensive assistant for the 2015 49ers and he was out of football last season.

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The Redskins have announced interviews with former Browns head coach Mike Pettine and ex-Jaguars coach Gus Bradley. It was reported earlier today that they also will meet with Rob Ryan, most recently the Bills’ defensive coordinator.

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