- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2001

Former Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets coach Bruce Coslet spent more than six hours with Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer yesterday, outlining his philosophies as the prospective offensive coordinator.
"I just charged Coach Schottenheimer $10,000 for the clinic I gave him," Coslet said jokingly.
Neither side offered any commitment after the lengthy discussions. Coslet said he'll visit two more unidentified teams, and the Redskins are considering several other candidates. Buffalo offensive coordinator Joe Pendry will visit today and Kansas City offensive coordinator Jimmy Ray on Monday. Both worked under Schottenheimer in Kansas City. Also, St. Louis has dropped its demand for compensation to talk to with associate head coach Al Saunders.
Schottenheimer probably won't complete his staff until late next week. Schottenheimer's son, Brian, also will interview for an unspecified assistant position, but brother Kurt won't apply after spending two seasons as Kansas City's defensive coordinator. Chiefs receivers coach Richard Mann will be contacted for an interview.
"It's going to take some time," Schottenheimer said. "Right now I'm working on the offensive side of it. I'm not good at putting eight balls in the air at the same time, particularly when they involve the type of decision we're making here.
Meanwhile, Schottenheimer will decide the fates of former interim coach Terry Robiskie and linebackers coach Foge Fazio today. Both were told Monday they could seek other offers, but their rights were still retained. Schottenheimer didn't meet with either yesterday but said he'll talk with them today. Their expected release would leave defensive line coach Mike Trgovac as the only holdover assistant. Robiskie reportedly is being considered as Tampa Bay's offensive coordinator.
Coslet has been a head coach and offensive coordinator twice each. He was the Bengals' offensive coordinator from 1986 to '89 and the New York Jets' coach from 1990 to '93 before he was fired. Coslet returned as the Bengals' coordinator for two years before replacing coach David Shula in 1996. Coslet quit after an 0-3 start this season.
"It was just time for me to step back," he said. "Unfortunately, it was during the season, which I didn't like doing, but something I needed to do. I wasn't burnt out. I just needed to step away. Even when I resigned from Cincinnati, I knew I would want to get back into it. I didn't want to stop coaching."
Coslet said his philosophies mesh well with Schottenheimer's, though the latter is a defensive-minded coach.
"Marty's approach toughness, attention to detail and discipline to consistently win is important to both of us," Coslet said.
Said Schottenheimer: "There's a tremendous amount of versatility within the offense. It affords great diversity."
Notes Redskins defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes will visit the Denver Broncos on Sunday and meet with Kansas City coach Dick Vermeil next week in Mobile, Ala. The Redskins are hoping to get a third-round pick as compensation for Rhodes, who has one year remaining on his contract. However, NFL sources said any compensation is improbable. Schottenheimer said Denver has asked permission to talk to Rhodes… .
Former secondary coach Ron Meeks was hired for the same post by the Rams. The Redskins' secondary finished as the NFL's second best in Meeks' first season… .
Michelle Tessier becomes the Redskins' fifth public relations director in 18 months. She was promoted from associate director after the recent firing of Doug Green. Catherine Augustyn was named community relations manager.


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