- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 30, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Former Washington Redskins defensive coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer, who had an offer to reclaim the position from which he was fired two weeks ago, instead became the Detroit Lions' new defensive coordinator yesterday.
The move ended 1-1/2 weeks of waiting by the Redskins, who fired Schottenheimer on Jan. 14, a day after firing his brother, coach Marty Schottenheimer. New coach Steve Spurrier interviewed Schottenheimer on Jan. 18 and told him he could come back to the post if he liked.
The speculation was that Schottenheimer was waiting to find out whether his brother would become the new coach in San Diego, a move that was made official yesterday. But Schottenheimer also attracted interest from other clubs, including Detroit, Atlanta and New Orleans.
Schottenheimer replaces Lions coordinator Vince Tobin, who was fired on Jan. 7. Tobin's defense ranked 26th last season and allowed the second-most points in the league. The Lions went 2-14 in their first year under coach Marty Mornhinweg.
Schottenheimer's defense ranked 10th in his only season with the Redskins. Spurrier liked him for that reason and because the unit could use some continuity. The new defensive coordinator will be Washington's fourth in four seasons.
The only known candidate now for the Redskins' vacancy is New York Jets secondary coach Bill Bradley. Former Minnesota coordinator Emmitt Thomas apparently has interested Spurrier, as well, while Tennessee linebackers coach Gunther Cunningham is interested in the post.
Washington is unlikely to make a hire until next week, when Spurrier returns from helping coach the Hula Bowl.
Jody Foldesy and Rick Snider

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