Concluding a brief period of evaluating alternatives, Butch Davis has apparently decided on Terry Robiskie as the new offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. Robiskie takes over for Bruce Arians, who was fired a day after the 2003 season ended.
Robiskie's hire brings to the fore the importance that the team is placing on continuity, as Robiskie had been serving as the WR coach on Arians' offensive staff. Robiskie is well-respected around the league and in the clubhouse, and will be a choice greeted warmly by many of the team's players.
Davis was also interested in talking to San Francisco 49er quarterbacks coach Ted Tollner, but was refused permission to interview Tollner for the position. Names also mentioned were Jeff Jagodzinski, Rob Chudzinski, and 49er offensive coordinator Greg Knapp. There are no reports that any candidate other than Robiskie talked to Davis in person about the position.
Robiskie first started getting NFL notice as a star running back at LSU. After being named SEC MVP during his final year of school, Robiskie was drafted in the eighth round by the Oakland Raiders in 1976. Robiskie played for some terrific programs and coaches during his five-year career with Oakland (John Madden) and Miami (Don Shula).
At the end of his playing career, Robiskie moved directly into the pro coaching ranks, starting as running backs coach for the Raiders in 1982. This marked the beginning of a eleven-year run with the Raiders, where Robiskie coached special teams, and tight ends, and spent four years as the offensive coordinator.
In 1994, Robiskie moved over to the Washington Redskins, where he spent the next six years in a variety of roles. Moving through the organization, Robiskie finished the 2000 season serving as interim head coach following the departure of Norv Turner under mercurial owner Dan Snyder. Robiskie left the team after the 2000 season, become one of five Redskins head coaches over the 2000-2003 span (Norv Turner, Robiskie, Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs).