GM search update

Now that the Redskins have hired a coach, attention has turned to the general manager. But who wants the job?

Not Ron Wolf, who told The Journal Newspapers on Monday that he wasn't interested, hasn't been contacted and doesn't expect to be contacted. Besides, he wants a percentage of the franchise, which Redskins owner Daniel Snyder won't give.

And probably not Bobby Beathard. Others who have talked to Beathard, the Redskins' general manager from 1978-88, say his interest in the position has waned considerably. Publicly he's left the door slightly ajar. Privately, it's practically closed.

''The interest, when they originally talked to me, was because it's the Redskins,'' Beathard said. ''That's a special place and a special team and that was exciting. Nothing would entice me [out of retirement] except that. I listened to them and we talked a while and I honestly like [Snyder].

''It hit a snag that I was surprised it would hold it up. It wasn't a money issue. I was over it. Then someone said that he wanted to talk again and I said I would talk.''

But, as of Wednesday night, they hadn't talked again.

Two who are interested are Kansas City's Billy Kuharich and Tampa Bay's Tim Ruskell and possibly the Bucs' Rich McKay (who is rumored to be staying in Tampa Bay). Kuharich has spent the past 16 seasons in the NFL, including the last two with the Chiefs. And Ruskell is the director of player personnel in Tampa and worked with Spurrier in the USFL.

''I would love to see Tim get it because he would do a great job,'' Beathard said. ''He'd be perfect. He's close to Steve, but he's not a yes man and Steve doesn't want a yes man. I wish [Snyder] would learn about Tim.''

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers. To read more of his stories, log onto www.jrnl.com.


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