- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 7, 2002

Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier is showing no haste in hiring a defensive coordinator even as personnel decisions regarding free agency and the draft loom later this month.
"Hopefully, we'll have [a defensive coordinator] by the end of February," Spurrier said yesterday after the team's news conference to introduce its new uniforms. "Maybe it'll be two days; maybe it'll be a week or so."
Defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and secondary coach are the positions Spurrier needs to fill as he returns to work after two weeks. He spent the time at Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, Ala., and then at the Hula Bowl in Hawaii. The NFL Combine begins Feb.28, and free agency opens March1.
New York Jets secondary coach Bill Bradley is the only confirmed candidate for the Redskins' defensive coordinator post. Former coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer was offered the chance to return but became Detroit's coordinator instead.
Spurrier declined comment on potential candidates. Tennessee Titans linebackers coach Gunther Cunningham, who expressed interest in the job in recent weeks, said he has not been contacted by the team and assumes he is not a candidate.
Spurrier is working to familiarize himself with his players. He said he has watched "three or four" games worth of tape, adding that his assistant coaches have seen considerably more.
At the news conference, it was emphasized that the new uniforms commemmorate the club's 70th anniversary. The spear helmet, a deeper shade of burgundy jerseys and gold pants reflect the uniforms worn by the Redskins from 1965 to 1969. Washington will wear the uniforms only at home and only this season.
"If we're successful, we'll have to wear it more," Spurrier said jokingly to owner Dan Snyder. Spurrier added that, despite appearances, the spear helmet is significantly different from that of Florida State, his archrival during 12 seasons as Florida coach.
Snyder deflected a question about whether he really would consider using the uniforms beyond 2002, saying, "That's going to be up to Coach Spurrier."
The decision to use the retro helmet was not influenced by pressure from Native American groups who find the team's name offensive. Their pressure contributed "none whatsoever" to the new look, Snyder said, adding, "We won't be changing the name of the Redskins for 100 years."
Asked why the new uniforms won't be used for road games, Snyder said, "This is more for the home fans."
Attending the conference were many current and former Redskins. A panel led by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw will select the 70 greatest Redskins. NFL Films will produce a retrospective show for the team, and the weekend of one undetermined home game will be a celebration of the club's anniversary.
Meanwhile, Redskins offensive lineman Matt Campbell reportedly is a target of Houston in this month's expansion draft. The Houston Chronicle named Campbell, one of five exposed Redskins, as a likely pickup by the Texans. Campbell, 29, started 34 games for Texans coach Dom Capers when he coached Carolina in the mid-1990s.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide