Coaching Update: Rhodes Leaves Without Contract

Ray Rhodes ended his interview the same way Dennis Green and Jim Fassel did: without a contract. But that doesn't mean one of them won't be getting an offer soon.

Team officials will meet Wednesday to determine their next course of action, whether to offer one of their first three candidates the vacant coaching position or move on to their second list.

It's uncertain whether or not Rhodes expressed a strong desire to return to being a head coach. But it's not uncertain what others in the league think of him: Rhodes' reputation is that he has undisciplined teams. That's why he was fired after just one season in Green Bay, his last head coaching stop.

But it appears the Redskins might lose out on Dennis Green and Jim Fassel. Green is reportedly the leading candidate in Oakland, though one source told us that Raiders owner Al Davis might have problems with some of Green's off-the-field issues of the past.

And Fassel interviewed with Buffalo today. It's widely assumed, especially in Buffalo, that Fassel will end up there -- though the Bills also liked what they heard from New England offensive coordinator Charlie Weis.

We've also heard that Fassel would not be crazy about working for Redskins owner Dan Snyder, even though the former Giants coach likes the talent here.

If the Redskins turn to their second list, it's uncertain who tops the charts. But we heard, from a source who spoke with a current Redskins assistant today, that three former coaches could be on the list: Jimmy Johnson, George Seifert and Jim Mora.

Also, one league executive said former Redskin Russ Grimm could be interviewed. But Grimm has spent most of his coaching career as an offensive line coach. And one person who worked with Grimm in Washington -- where his linemen loved him -- said it didn't appear as if Grimm were preparing to someday be a head coach. It's likely his name will be mentioned mainly because of his ties to the organization.

As for Seifert, Mora and Johnson, don't bet on them unless they're desperate to return to the NFL. Seifert worked with Vinny Cerrato in San Francisco. Mora's personality would lead to major clashes with management and Johnson remains friendly with former Redskins coach Norv Turner and spoke often with Steve Spurrier this past season.


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