- The Washington Times - Monday, November 5, 2001

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder refused to reveal in a TV interview yesterday whether coach Marty Schottenheimer will also remain director of football operations next season.
In an interview with former Redskins cornerback Deion Sanders yesterday on CBS "The NFL Today," Snyder evaded Sanders' direct questions regarding Schottenheimer's future in both roles. The owner said nothing would be decided until the end of the season.
"I'm not sure. We're going to find out," Snyder said. "I, like everyone, await to see if we can get on this run and go as far as we can."
Snyder publicly backed Schottenheimer during the 0-5 start, but team and NFL sources said Snyder and minority owner Fred Drasner are considering possible successors like Florida coach Steve Spurrier. Sources said no decision has been made and Schottenheimer's future will be determined largely by the team's record over the final two months.
However, according to sources, Snyder is considering whether to sign a general manager to oversee personnel. Currently, Schottenheimer oversees all football operations and would be reluctant to surrender any decision-making duties. Snyder sidestepped when asked if Schottenheimer could still handle both jobs.
"When you give a person responsibility, they need that responsibility and seek that responsibility and all the pressure that goes with it," Snyder said. "From that position, he has the power."
Snyder was roundly criticized last year for the personnel moves he made. He paid dearly for aging free agents such as quarterback Jeff George, safety Mark Carrier and Sanders, who received an $8 million bonus. None of the three remain with the team but still account for $10.4 million in dead money against the salary cap next year and will hamper signing free agents for the second straight year. Still, Snyder said fans now urge him to become more active even though Schottenheimer has complete control.
"To some degree I've taken a bit of a lesser role," Snyder said. "The strangest thing is I've been receiving a ton of fan mail and fan e-mails … saying get back involved. I think everybody wants it every way."
Sanders and Snyder were close last season when "Prime Time" signed in June. Snyder even teased Sanders yesterday for not wearing the burgundy suit Snyder bought him that Sanders wore for his initial Redskins press conference.
"I put that in the glass case, baby," Sanders said. "I can't wear that anymore."
But Sanders tossed Snyder an easy question at the end. Snyder was asked if he thought he was better looking than Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
"Come on, is there a doubt?" Snyder retorted.


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