As most of you know, Steve Spagnuolo will be remaining in his job as the defensive coordinator of the New York Giants rather than becoming the next head coach of the Washington Redskins.
After talking until the wee hours of the morning both Tuesday and Wednesday, Spagnuolo flew back to New York early this morning without an offer from the Redskins. He then took an offer from the Giants that included a fat raise.
Both Spagnuolo's agent Bob LaMont and leaks from the Redskins have said that he was not offered the Redskins job. There was an AP report that said that both sides decided that Spags was a year or two away from being ready to be a head coach, a report that was denied by LaMont in a conversation with Jason La Canfora.
The point that needs to be made here is that we can draw no conclusions from the apparent fact that there was no job offer. It's quite possible that Dan Snyder tried to sell him on the job, but Spagnuolo didn't give off signals that he was comfortable with the arrangement (despite multiple reports that he would be OK with the coordinators already being in place) so Snyder figured that a formal offer would be fruitless.
It's also possible that Spags demonstrated that he was lacking certain skills needed to be a successful NFL coach. As we have seen before, being a great coordinator does not translate into being a great coach, or even a good coach. Of course, you can question whether or not Snyder and Vinny Cerrato really are qualified to make such a judgment, but the Golden Rule—the man with the gold makes the rules—applies here.
It looks now like we're back to where we were two weeks ago with Jim Fassel being the leading candidate. More coming on him should the story move in that direction.