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Whoever is Green Bay's defensive coordinator in 2009 will be no less than its third choice for the job.
That's one way of looking at Thursday's news that Gregg Williams has agreed to join the New Orleans Saints. Williams and former San Francisco coach Mike Nolan were the first two known candidates for the Packers' open position and are believed to have been the first two interviewed. But Nolan decided to join new Denver coach Josh McDaniels, while Williams was long rumored to favor the Saints.
The Packers have also interviewed St. Louis interim coach Jim Haslett, who is a finalist for the Rams' permanent head coaching job. A fourth candidate could be Philadelphia defensive backs coach Sean McDermott, who won't be eligible to interview before next week at the earliest. There is also no guarantee that the Eagles will let McDermott out of his contract in order to join the Packers.
The Packers' ultimate fallback plan likely is assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss, whose agent has relayed his interest in the job. The Packers' decision to interview outside candidates could be viewed as due diligence, but more likely it is a sign that coach Mike McCarthy does not consider him a top option.
With Williams officially out of the picture, this process could go in a few different directions. If McCarthy values Moss over Haslett and doesn't want to wait for McDermott, you can expect a quick resolution. But if the search extends into the weekend, it'll be reasonable to assume that McCarthy is waiting on Haslett and/or McDermott.