- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Washington Redskins coach Marty Schottenheimer made three additions to his coaching staff yesterday but bid goodbye to his top candidate for defensive coordinator, Ted Cottrell.

Hired are Marty's son, Brian Schottenheimer (quarterbacks), Mike Stock (special teams) and Dave Redding (strength and conditioning), all members of Marty Schottenheimer's 1998 Kansas City Chiefs staff. Left open are five major positions: offensive line, tight ends, defensive coordinator, linebackers and defensive backs.

Kurt Schottenheimer, Marty's brother, and Vince Tobin move to the top of the defensive coordinator list following the elimination of Cottrell, the Buffalo Bills' defensive coordinator the past three seasons. Cottrell is expected to join the New York Jets or wait for an offer to become Buffalo's head coach.

"We agreed to disagree," Marty Schottenheimer said of Cottrell. "He made a choice; I would defer to him [for comment]. He came back to us through [agent Joe Linta] for some things I guess were made available [from] the Jets. We were not prepared to do those things."

The Jets' unmatchable offer remains a mystery, though an assistant head coach title was not an issue. It has been speculated that the Jets with their existing 3-4 defense and residence in the AFC East were a better fit for Cottrell.

Schottenheimer declined to schedule interviews for other defensive coordinator candidates while he waited for Cottrell's decision. Now Kurt Schottenheimer will interview at Redskin Park today and Tobin is likely to come later in the week.

Marty Schottenheimer said he did not feel spurned by Cottrell.

"I had an open mind," Marty Schottenheimer said. "I know the process. I've been through it many times. The first thing you've got to understand is everybody does what's in their best interest. You should never take it personal, because it isn't personal."

Kurt Schottenheimer, a candidate to become the Jets defensive backs coach, is up for a similar position with the Redskins. Kurt Schottenheimer was his brother's defensive backs coach (1995-98) and special teams coach (1989-94) before being promoted to defensive coordinator in 1999 under Gunther Cunningham.

Marty Schottenheimer essentially had eliminated his brother from consideration in recent weeks, and would not comment yesterday on why Kurt Schottenheimer resurfaced as a candidate.

Marty Schottenheimer expects to inquire again about the interest of former Buffalo coach Wade Phillips to be his defensive coordinator. Schottenheimer spoke to Phillips two weeks ago when it seemed more likely Phillips might land a head-coaching job. There also are "a couple other names" for the Redskins' top defensive post.

Joe Pendry interviewed for the Redskins' offensive line position yesterday after interviewing for the offensive coordinator post nearly two weeks ago. Cleveland Browns offensive line coach Tony Sparano will interview today. The Jets' Bill Muir, who interviewed last week, will not join the Redskins staff and is expected to remain with New York.

So far, former Duke assistant Joe DeLamielleure is the only candidate to interview for the tight ends position.

Brian Schottenheimer, 27, joins the Redskins after a late push from the Jets. New York hired as offensive coordinator Paul Hackett, who oversaw Brian Schottenheimer last season at Southern California and assisted Marty Schottenheimer in Kansas City (1993-98). New York is competing for assistants with Washington, in part, because new Jets coach Herman Edwards spent two seasons on Marty Schottenheimer's staff in Kansas City (1993-94).

Brian Schottenheimer's previous NFL experience came as a quality control assistant on his father's 1998 staff and as a part-time assistant under St. Louis' Dick Vermeil in 1997. He worked for the University of Florida before those NFL stints and more recently as Syracuse's wide receivers coach (1999) and Southern California's tight ends coach (2000).

Stock, 61, worked the past six seasons for the Chiefs, compiling fairly impressive statistics before slumping in 2000. Redding, 48, worked outside the NFL the past three years after he spent 1983-97 under Schottenheimer in Cleveland and Kansas City. Said Schottenheimer: "[Redding]'s one of the best there's ever been, in my opinion."

Brian Schottenheimer, Stock and Redding bring to five the number of Redskins coaches who were on the 1998 Chiefs staff. Hired previously were offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and wide receivers coach Richard Mann. Running backs coach Hue Jackson was the offensive coordinator on Southern California's 2000 staff.

Notes Minnesota Vikings senior football administrator Russ Ball is expected to join the Redskins in the same capacity, replacing Barry Asimos, who tendered his resignation last week… . Former running backs coach Kirby Wilson was hired as wide receivers coach by Southern California .


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