But multiple NFL sources confirmed Sunday that Carroll recently met with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in St. Louis while the USC coach was on a recruiting trip.
A source close to the situation said Carroll was far more intrigued with the Washington situation than the Atlanta one. But in the end, both ended with the same result. Carroll passed.
Yet, Washington deserves applause for its grandiose dreams. It did its best to see if it could persuade Carroll to return to the NFL. But if and when Carroll does return -– and why would he keep listening to all these teams if he wasn't considering it? -– then he wants it to be the absolute perfect situation, with the ideal owner, and equally good conditions.
Candidates in Washington
The Redskins are the only remaining team with a head coaching vacancy. These are the candidates reportedly being considered:
The former Giants coach emerged in the past week as a serious candidate for the position. He has a 58-53-1 career record.
Carroll once worked with Kiffin's son, Lane, at USC, and the feeling is that one day in the future, Carroll and the senior Kiffin will work together. Where and when, of course, are the big questions. But it was not going to be in Washington, despite the Redskins' efforts.
Once Carroll removed himself from the Redskins competition, Washington proceeded with its multitude of other candidates, each anxious to land the job. As it did, the Redskins came to a realization that could help drive their selection. The realization is this: America loves second chances and few have thrived on them any more than football coaches.
Schwartz's contract in Tennessee had expired but the Titans recognized that their defensive coordinator is one of the game's top young assistant coaches. Tennessee wasted little time shoring up its staff.
Washington, for the time being, still is trying to firm up its staff.
Despite rampant speculation that Oakland and its head coach Lane Kiffin could be parting ways this week, the prevailing feeling is that they will not.
Those who know Raiders owner Al Davis insist that he will not terminate Kiffin and pay him the two years and approximately $4 million remaining on his contract.
Those who know Kiffin insist there is no way that the Raiders coach will resign and forego the money that is owed to him.
Thus, the standoff that has gone on throughout the past month is expected to continue and the feeling is that Kiffin will return to coach the Raiders. Of course, that's the feeling of many who are close to the situation.
What actually ensues could be different. But there does seem to be agreement that neither side is willing to walk away from the money.