Cowboys assistant Bisaccia among candidates for Redskins’ job

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Dallas Cowboys special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia interviewed for the Washington Redskins’ head coaching job Friday, according to a source.

The Washington Post reported that Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell also are candidates for the job previously held by Mike Shanahan.

ESPN first reported the Redskins’ interest in Bisaccia, who coached in Tampa Bay when Redskins general manager Bruce Smith also was with the Buccaneers.

It is the second consecutive season the Cowboys have had their special teams coach interview for a head coaching job. Joe DeCamillis interviewed for the Chicago Bears’ opening last year and eventually joined Marc Trestman’s staff after the Cowboys let DeCamillis out of his contract.

Teams interviewing for head coaches do not have to be granted permission, as is the case for assistants under contract seeking to leave for other assistant jobs.

Bisaccia, 52, left Auburn after only 22 days to join the Cowboys after DeCamillis’ departure last year. The Cowboys also interviewed Bruce DeHaven and Alan Lowry for the job.

The Cowboys’ special teams units were solid this season. Kicker Dan Bailey made 28 of 30 field goals, Chris Jones punted for a 45.4 average and a 39.5 net and returner Dwayne Harris had a punt return touchdown and a 30.5 kickoff return average.

Smith honored

Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith was named to the second team All-Pro team, announced Friday by The Associated Press. Last month, he earned his first Pro Bowl berth.

Smith allowed only one sack and was penalized for only one holding penalty, though the Detroit Lions declined a holding penalty against him that stopped the clock and allowed them to rally for a victory in the final seconds. The Cowboys averaged 5.3 yards per carry on 53 runs behind Smith, which was seventh best in the NFL, according to ESPN.

Cleveland’s Joe Thomas and Philadelphia’s Jason Peters were the first-team All-Pro tackles. San Francisco’s Joe Staley was the other second-team tackle.

The All-Pro team is chosen by 50 sports writers, including the Star-Telegram’s Charean Williams. Smith and Thomas were the two tackles listed on Williams’ ballot.

Murray fined

The NFL has fined DeMarco Murray $21,000 for leading with the crown of his helmet. The hit occurred in the first quarter of Sunday’s game.

Murray decleated Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Damion Square on a 10-yard pass on the Cowboys’ 10th play from scrimmage. Murray was not penalized on the play.

Charean Williams 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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