Meeks Feels His First Talk With Redskins 'Went Well'
Indianapolis Colts assistant coach Ron Meeks was scheduled to have a second interview yesterday for the Washington Redskins' head coaching vacancy.
Owner Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, were expected to meet with Meeks, who runs the Colts' defense, in Indianapolis. Snyder usually conducts long interviews with coaching candidates, and Meeks's first session on Jan. 17 lasted more than 10 hours.
"I just appreciate that Mr. Snyder and Vinny are giving me an opportunity to move forward in the process of the Redskins getting their next coach," Meeks said before meeting with the Redskins. "I felt that my first interview went well. I'm looking forward to speaking with them again."
Former assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams and former New York Giants coach Jim Fassel are the other candidates who have had multiple interviews. Williams, no longer under consideration to replace Joe Gibbs, recently was released to pursue other jobs.
Meeks, who coached Redskins defensive backs in the 2000 season, just completed his sixth season as the Colts' defensive coordinator. Indianapolis ranked third in the league in total defense this season and was ranked second against the pass. . . .
Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, who has one year remaining on his contract, has received no additional information regarding his status, league sources said.
Lazor developed a strong relationship the last two seasons with young quarterback Jason Campbell, whose development is a priority for the organization. New offensive coordinator Jim Zorn, formerly the Seattle Seahawks' quarterbacks coach, also is expected to work closely with Washington's quarterbacks.
The Redskins' next head coach will determine if Lazor remains with the team and in what capacity, a team spokesman said. . . .
League sources expect the Redskins to hire longtime NFL assistant coach Larry Brooks, who interviewed for the team's vacant defensive line position this week and previously has worked with new defensive coordinator Greg Blache, who had coached Washington's defensive line since the 2004 season.
-- Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora