The Coaching Report 1/6/04

Ray Rhodes could be headed to Washington in Dan Snyder's private jet. That's the word out of Seattle; so says Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren. Or he could be meeting with Redskins officials in Seattle on Tuesday. That's what Washington is saying.

Either way, Rhodes will be meeting with the Redskins about their head coaching vacancy. And they'll get a chance to see if he's even interested in being a head coach.

Also, the Redskins denied yet another report about their interest in Oakland executive Bruce Allen. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that Washington would interview Allen by Wednesday.

However, Redskins spokesman Karl Swanson said ``Bruce Allen is not in the Redskins' plans.''

As for Rhodes, his boss in Seattle thinks he wants another shot. Or is at least intrigued by the possibility.

``He could have said, `No, I don't want to interview,' '' Holmgren said. ``He's a tough guy to read sometimes. He doesn't like talking about it a lot. You almost get the sense he's a little embarrassed by it. When I brought it to him, when I talked to Dan Snyder last week and I brought the proposal to Ray, he said, 'I don't want to talk about it. We've got this game, and I don't want to talk about it.' I was like, 'We've to talk about it because I've got to give an answer to the man. We handle it a certain way.' I know this, that he likes Seattle, and he cares about this football team.

``This is an opportunity that he needs to explore. I don't want him to go anywhere, so we'll just see how it plays out.''

Rhodes has been fired by Philadelphia and Green Bay. Even one Redskins source said he wonders about anyone who would be fired by Ron Wolf after just one season. The Packers were undisciplined under Rhodes.

But Holmgren says Rhodes is fine.

``He is certainly knowledgeable enough,'' Holmgren said. ``The players respond to him. So I don't know if he's any more ready than he was then. I think he's a good football coach. He certainly deserves another crack at this.''

Does he want all the side issues that a head coach must deal with? That's the unknown. Rhodes does not talk much with the media -- he spoke less than half a dozen times to the media in Washington and only has done so three times in Seattle.

``He doesn't like doing it,'' Holmgren said. ``But you have to. Sometimes it gets hard, but you have to. That's part of the job. So I reminded him of how much he dislikes some things, and when you're the head coach you have to.''


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