The Coaching Report 1/5/04

The Redskins are expected to interview Seattle defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, most likely Tuesday, as they continue their search for a new head coach.

It's uncertain what Rhodes' interest in the job truly is as friends of his in the league say he's skeptical about even wanting the job. That could obviously change after the interview.

After they're done talking with him, they'll start their second round of interviews with Jim Fassel and Dennis Green.

From what we hear, Green is likely bound for Arizona -- even one person in the Redskins' organization described that as a good fit for him. Green has interest in Oakland, but we hear that owner Al Davis, a friend of his, may be dissuaded from hiring him because of Green's off-the-field issues.

And the word around the league regarding Fassel hasn't changed: Buffalo, as of now, sounds like his next stop. After coaching amid a media circus that is New York, Buffalo would represent a more sane choice for Fassel, rather than working in the dysfunctional organization that Washington has become.

But money could change all of that. The Bills usually don't pay their coaches well and Washington does. If it comes down to that, then Fassel could be had. Also, we've heard he truly likes the Redskins' roster and that matters, too.

As for Rhodes, we're still not sure why Redskins owner Dan Snyder wants to talk with him, considering he's already been fired from two previous stops. And his teams weren't known for being disciplined or organized, two traits the Redskins suffered from this past season.

But Rhodes' familiarity with the franchise, and Snyder's comfort level with him, could make the difference. If the Redskins went that direction, I don't think it would be met with universal approval within the organization.

Also, a San Francisco paper reported that Washington will interview Oakland's Bruce Allen, possibly for the position of team president. We hear he's a wiz with the salary cap, but is only OK as a personnel guy. We also haven't confirmed this report -- last week, Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson dismissed such talk as ``internet rumors.''

We've also heard that Allen did not have a reputation as being all that honest with reporters. For whatever that's worth.


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