- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 4, 2001

Washington Redskins interim coach Terry Robiskie took a blind-side hit yesterday.
Robiskie was surprised by the hiring of Marty Schottenheimer as the team's coach and director of football operations, and he said he does not know whether he'll remain with the team or in what capacity when he meets with owner Dan Snyder and Schottenheimer today.
"I have no clue," Robiskie said. "They just basically told me they're hiring him. Marty will meet with the coaches and we'll see what he'll do. I'll just play it by ear."
The Redskins are expected to ask defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes and Robiskie to remain. Each has one year remaining on his contract, but team sources said they could be granted a release if they request it.
Rhodes is expected to leave. Several NFL teams have expressed interest in hiring him as defensive coordinator.
Robiskie will consider remaining, though he probably would want to be named offensive coordinator. However, former Southern Cal coach Paul Hackett, an assistant under Schottenheimer in Kansas City, may get that position.
Robiskie was the passing game coordinator the past two seasons under Norv Turner after spending the previous five as receivers coach. He probably wouldn't accept a job as a position coach again.
Still, Robiskie quickly accepted that, after finishing 1-2 as the interim coach, he had missed his chance to keep the job.
Robiskie is considered a passionate leader, one who openly challenged his players in the final week over the apparent letdown of what was once considered a potential Super Bowl team. The Redskins finished with a 20-3 victory over Arizona on Dec. 23 that at least gave Robiskie one Gatorade shower.
Robiskie openly supported Snyder's involvement in personnel decisions, involvement that was rejected by Turner. Indeed, Robiskie joked that he wouldn't move his desk without first consulting Snyder. But Robiskie's season-ending comments in which he said he would rebuild the team through the draft and sign fewer prominent free agents who wouldn't play special teams directly conflicted with Snyder's style.
Quarterback Jeff George was benched by Robiskie before the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals because the passer checked off on nine plays in the 24-3 loss to Pittsburgh the week before and threw two interceptions. The pair openly argued about the benching, and team sources said George threatened to have Robiskie fired. George is among Snyder's favorite players and is expected to start next year.
Robiskie figured his chances were slim after the Redskins lost the first two games in which he was in charge by lopsided margins, losses that eliminated the Redskins from the playoffs despite a record $100 million payroll.
Still, rejections by several prominent candidates, such as New York Jets director of football operations Bill Parcells, University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier, retired St. Louis Rams coach Dick Vermeil and former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs gave Robiskie some optimism that he might remain. Indeed, he planned to take the assistant coaches to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 20.
But Snyder's desire to hire a prominent coach caused him to reconsider Schottenheimer, despite the latter's criticism in his role as an ESPN analyst of the owner's daily involvement. Robiskie said he understood Snyder's desire for a headliner.

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