- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 20, 2000

Charley Casserly's biggest achievement with the Washington Redskins was putting together a collection of rejects and retreads that beat the mighty Dallas Cowboys during the 1987 players' strike.

Now Casserly has another chance to put a team together from scratch after being named yesterday as the executive vice president and general manager of the Houston expansion franchise that begins play in 2002.

"I'm very excited about this incredible opportunity to be in on the ground floor of something very special," Casserly said. "I'm very anxious to begin the building process. This franchise has unlimited potential. Houston is the nation's fourth largest city in a state where the passion for football is undeniably high."

Casserly's hiring by Houston owner Bob McNair comes six months after first-year Redskins owner Dan Snyder relieved him of his duties after 10 seasons as Washington's GM. Casserly also had been discussing front office positions with the New Orleans Saints and New York Jets and had been mentioned as a candidate in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and New England.

"We are so fortunate to be able to attract a world-class football man like Charley," McNair said. "We really did our homework and talked to many owners, general managers and coaches about Charley. They all raved about his abilities and his knowledge. He was not going to be without a general manager's position for long. [And he] brings an extremely high level of class and integrity to our organization."

Casserly, 50, joined the Redskins in 1977 as an unpaid intern under coach/GM George Allen. Casserly became a scout the next year and was promoted to assistant GM in 1982. When the players went on strike in 1987, GM Bobby Beathard assigned Casserly the task of putting together a replacement team. Although the Redskins had no regular players, they went 3-0, beating veteran-laden St. Louis, the New York Giants and finally the Cowboys, who boasted Hall of Famers Randy White and Tony Dorsett.

Two years later, Beathard left for San Diego and Casserly became the GM. Washington went 43-21 during Casserly's first three years, making the playoffs three times and winning Super Bowl XXVI. But the Redskins were 36-59-1 during the next six seasons, in part because of the failures of such top draft picks as Bobby Wilson, Desmond Howard, Heath Shuler and Andre Johnson.

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