- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 17, 2001

Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer wants an unpredictable offense. Instead, he picked two assistants for their steadiness.

Kansas City Chiefs offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and receivers coach Richard Mann joined the Redskins yesterday as Schottenheimer began filling out his staff. Along with recently hired running backs coach Hue Jackson, Schottenheimer said he chose his new crew largely for their understanding of his system.

"The one common thread is they're all very familiar with an offense that I think will enable us to put some points on the board," Schottenheimer said. "Jimmy's basic attitude is he likes a blocking unit that [has] an ability to take a game over in the fourth quarter when things begin to wear out the opposition."

Meanwhile, former Redskins defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes agreed to a three-year deal with the Denver Broncos. Washington dropped its compensation demand for a third-round pick.

"Ray thought it was time to move on," Schottenheimer said. "I'm particularly pleased that Ray has found a place where he'll be happy. Ray was always one of my favorite players because he brought a certain toughness to everything he did and I would expect the same thing will happen in Denver. We wish him well other than the one time we play them this year."

Raye, 54, is better known for his running games during four previous offensive coordinator stints in Kansas City (1997-99), New England (1990), Tampa Bay (1985-86) and St. Louis (1984). Running backs Eric Dickerson, Marcus Allen, Kimble Anders and James Wilder flourished under Raye.

His previous experience under Schottenheimer in Detroit (1978-79) and Kansas City (1993-98) was the biggest reason Raye chose the Redskins over several other interested teams.

"I know what to expect," he said. "A lot of times when you're changing employment you're running on the treadmill and eventually get knocked off. The one constant about this situation was I didn't have to worry about it."

Raye was too unfamiliar with the Redskins offense to propose any changes immediately, including any decision on quarterback Jeff George.

Schottenheimer repeated his stance of wanting to talk to quarterback Brad Johnson, saying, "I don't think you ever close doors." However, he was uncertain whether the unrestricted free agent would consider returning. Schottenheimer won't talk to players until completing his staff next week.

Mann, 53, coached receivers Keyshawn Johnson, Wayne Chrebet, Webster Slaughter and Michael Jackson and tight end Ozzie Newsome during his 19-year career, which included 1985-88 with Schottenheimer in Cleveland. Mann spent the last two years with Kansas City after stops with the Baltimore Ravens (1997-98), New York Jets (1994-96), Cleveland Browns (1985-93) and Indianapolis Colts (1982-84).

Schottenheimer also met with former Miami offensive line coach Paul Boudreau, and NFL sources say New York Jets offensive line coach Bill Muir will be interviewed today. Schottenheimer said an offensive line coach would be named today.

The Redskins are considering former Chiefs special teams coach Mike Stock. Schottenheimer's son Brian will join the staff and may coach quarterbacks or tight ends.

Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell is expected to visit tomorrow, but he's also linked to head coaching vacancies with the Bills, Jets and expansion Houston Texans, who begin play next year.

Washington also will consider former Arizona coach Vince Tobin for the defensive coordinator opening. Schottenheimer's one-time Kansas City defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham, recently fired as the Chiefs coach, is doubtful. Schottenheimer said he wouldn't be swayed by candidates awaiting vacancies to be filled before deciding whether to join the Redskins.

"I've been very fortunate in the past using this approach of being very deliberate," he said. "There are a lot of good coaches around, and we have those we prefer to get. My approach is if you have an individual who wants to wait you have to make a decision on whether you're prepared to do that."

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