Robiskie Named Interim Head Coach

Here is the press release issued by the Browsn this afternoon as Terry Robiskie is named head coach of the Cleveland Browns.


The Cleveland Browns have named Terry Robiskie as Interim Head Coach, the club announced this afternoon.  The 2004 campaign marked the fourth season for Robiskie with the Cleveland Browns organization.  Robiskie served as wide receivers coach the first three seasons (2001-03) and this past January, Robiskie was promoted to offensive coordinator.

Robiskie assumes the duties as Interim Head Coach following the resignation of Head Coach Butch Davis earlier this morning.  This post will mark the second situation for Robiskie as interim head coach during his coaching career, as Robiskie assumed the coaching duties for the Washington Redskins' following the departure of Norv Turner from the Redskins staff in 2000.  Robiskie posted a 1-2 record for the Redskins in the club's final three regular season games.


Terry Robiskie
Interim Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Year with Browns: 4th
Year in NFL: 23rd

Terry Robiskie was named offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 9, 2004.  Robiskie is in his fourth season with the Browns after serving the previous three seasons as wide receivers coach.  The 2004 season will be his 23rd in the NFL, and his 22 years of NFL experience includes roles as a position coach, offensive coordinator and head coach. 

In 2002 as receivers coach, the Browns and the N.Y. Jets were the NFL's only teams to have three players with 5+ TD receptions, and the Browns were one of six teams to have five players with 37+ receptions (Buffalo, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle). Wide receiver Quincy Morgan ranked 2nd in the NFL (James McKnight, Miami, 18.2) with 17.2 average yards per catch. 

Prior to joining the Browns in 2001, Robiskie spent the previous seven years with the Washington Redskins and concluded the 2000 season as the Redskins head coach for the final three games of the regular season, following the departure of Norv Turner. Robiskie's record as head coach was 1-2, including a 20-3 win over Arizona on Dec. 24.

Robiskie began the 2000 season as passing game coordinator in Washington, and helped the Redskins rank 5th in the NFC in total offense (337.3 yards per game) and passing (228.0 yards per game).  He helped running back Stephen Davis total 1,318 yards and 11 touchdowns on 332 attempts, including five 100-yard outings.

He entered the coaching profession with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1982 as the assistant running backs coach, where he tutored Marcus Allen to two Pro Bowls and two 1,000-yard seasons. Robiskie was the assistant special teams coach for the Raiders from 1985-87, and he tutored the Raiders tight ends in 1988.

Robiskie was the Raiders offensive coordinator from 1989-93. In 1990, Oakland ranked 9th in the NFL with 126.8 yards rushing per game and QB Jay Schroeder ranked 6th in the NFL with a 90.8 QB rating.  In 1992, the Raiders ranked 11th in the NFL with 112.1 yards rushing.  In 1993, Oakland ranked 5th in the NFL in passing and 13th in total offense as Robiskie helped QB Jeff Hostetler pass for 3,242 yards and 14 TDs.  Robiskie's 12 years with the Raiders included seven playoff stints, four division titles and a victory over the Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII.

Originally an eighth round selection by Oakland in the 1977 NFL Draft, Robiskie was a four-year letter winner and the 1976 SEC MVP as a senior at LSU.  Robiskie spent five years in the NFL as a running back with the Raiders (1977-79) and the Miami Dolphins (1980-81), while playing for legendary coaches John Madden, Don Shula and Tom Flores.

Born Nov. 12, 1954, in New Orleans, Robiskie and his wife, Cynthia, have three sons: Brian, Andrew and Kyle.

Coaching Background:

1982-84   Los Angeles Raiders, assistant running backs coach
1985-87   Los Angeles Raiders, assistant special teams coach
1988   Los Angeles Raiders, tight ends coach
1989-93   Los Angeles Raiders, offensive coordinator
1994-2000   Washington Redskins, assistant coach/head coach (three games in 2000)
2001-03   Cleveland Browns, wide receivers coach
2004   Cleveland Browns, offensive coordinator

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