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NFC East Staffs in Flux

Every NFC East team seems vulnerable to coaching losses or resignations in the next few weeks.

-- The biggest early flash comes from Washington, where the Redskins have retained DC Gregg Williams with a three-year, $8 million deal, a record for an assistant coach.

Williams promises the Redskins he will not interview this offseason, but is able to seek a job elsewhere in 2007. What does that say about Joe Gibbs' timetable?

-- Meanwhile, the speculation mills grinds away in Dallas, where the few players who met with Bill Parcells yesterday say they believe he will return.

-- The Giants think their DC Tim Lewis has a good shot at a head coaching job after a strong 2006 that saw New York's defense improve throughout the year, even with an inexperienced secondary. They're so convinced in his chances that the New York Post reports they're already considering former Texans HC Dom Capers to be his replacement.

-- Irony may make a cameo in Philadelphia. One of the keys to the Eagles long reign atop the NFC East was their coaching continuity; they have not lost a top assitant to a head coaching job in the last few years, even thought DC Jim Johnson and OC Brad Childress have made short lists in that span.

Now that Philadelphia comes off a 6-10 season, it appears that Childress may finally get his chance. He's being mentioned for several positions, most notably Green Bay's. Childress is well known to the Cheeseheads, or the Whey as I like to call them, as he was the Wisconsin Badgers' OC before jumping to the NFL.

-- If Dallas does have any interest in Larry Beightol, he will be available for interview after January 31st. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported yesterday that the 63 year old has been on one year deals for some time, allowing him to retire whenever he feels like it.

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