WASHINGTON The Washington Redskins have virtually their entire coaching staff in place for next season except for the head coach.
And that head coach won't be Gregg Williams. Or Al Saunders.
As for the rest of the candidates, they'll have to wait until the Super Bowl is done.
On a busy Saturday at Redskins Park, the team fired assistants Williams and Saunders, promoted Greg Blache to lead the team's defense and formally announced the hiring of Jim Zorn to head the offense.
There was more. Quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor and Al Saunders' son, offensive assistant Bob Saunders, will also not return next season, a person familiar with the coaching selection process told The Associated Press. The person also said that most, if not all, of the rest of the coaching staff was expected to remain with the team, lending credence to owner Dan Snyder's stated desire to maintain a degree of continuity following the resignation of head coach Joe Gibbs on Jan. 8.
FALCONS HIRE 4 ASSISTANT COACHES: New Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith hired four assistants Saturday, including receivers coach Terry Robiskie and defensive line coach Ray Hamilton.
Smith also hired running backs coach Gerald Brown and offensive quality control coach Glenn Thomas.
Robiskie has 25 years of NFL coaching experience, including stints as an interim head coach in Washington and Cleveland.
He was the second straight assistant hired from the staff of former Miami coach Cam Cameron, who was dumped after a 1-15 season. Mike Mularkey, the Dolphins' tight ends coach in 2007, joined the Falcons as offensive coordinator on Friday.
Hamilton spent the last five seasons with Jacksonville, where Smith had been defensive coordinator.
KIFFIN WANTS TO STAY: Lane Kiffin said he hopes to be back as Oakland Raiders coach next season, a day after reports surfaced that owner Al Davis has asked him to resign.
Kiffin was asked after coaching the North team at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday whether he wanted to return a second season as Oakland's coach.
"I hope so," he said.
Kiffin would not comment further on a report by ESPN that Davis drew up a resignation letter for him two weeks ago.
FORMER PLAYERS BID ORANGE BOWL GOODBYE: Dan Marino and Don Shula regarded as Miami Dolphins royalty were there.
So were the five quarterbacks who won national championships at the University of Miami.
Even Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, who never played in the Orange Bowl, came out to say goodbye to the soon-to-be-demolished stadium and play in a flag football game between former Dolphins and UM players.
"I respect everything the Dolphins and Hurricanes accomplished here," said Taylor, who was the only current Dolphins player on the field Saturday. "But the real reason I'm here is to catch a pass from Dan Marino."
About 15,000 fans most wearing Dolphins shirts watched Taylor reach that goal in the Orange Bowl's final event. The Miami alumni beat the former Dolphins, 65-51, in a game rich in comedy and nostalgia.
Marino showed he still has a rocket arm. He completed his first six passes all of them right on target.
LB THURMAN CLEARED TO REJOIN WORKOUTS: The NFL cleared linebacker Odell Thurman to resume working out with the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday, a step toward reinstatement from his two-year suspension.
Thurman will be allowed to work out with the training staff at Paul Brown Stadium. He's hoping for full reinstatement before the team's minicamp in April.
BROWNS SEND OFFERS TO 2 TOP FREE AGENTS: The Browns have made contract offers to quarterback Derek Anderson and running back Jamal Lewis, key players they hope to keep off the free-agent market.
A team spokesman confirmed proposals were sent to the representative for both players, but he could not provide details about the length or value of the deals.