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Snyder, Schottenheimer discuss organizational changes

Posted: Monday January 07, 2002 11:48 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 08, 2002 9:17 AM
  Marty Schottenheimer Marty Schottenheimer guided the Redskins to eight wins in their final 11 games. AP

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington head coach Marty Schottenheimer met with team owner Daniel Snyder on Monday night amid speculation about the Redskins' future.

Snyder, disappointed with another 8-8 season, is expected to ask the head coach to accept some changes -- most probably a general manager or someone with a similar title -- and Schottenheimer will have to decide his next move if Snyder's demands are unacceptable.

"We'll address it at the appropriate time," Schottenheimer said earlier in the day. "And now's not the appropriate time."

Snyder gave Schottenheimer full authority on football matters and the title of director of football operations a year ago. Schottenheimer said he thinks he did "pretty well" with his player decisions -- although his moves regarding Jeff George, Larry Centers and Eddie Mason remain open to question -- and he's said he feels the organization has the necessary checks and balances in place without a GM.

Snyder appears to feel differently. Ron Wolf, Bobby Beathard and Bruce Allen have all been reported as potential GM candidates. However, it might be a hard sell. The new hire's primary assignment would be to put a squeeze on Schottenheimer's power -- not a job that sounds very appetizing.

Schottenheimer would be unlikely to resign because he'd forfeit the $7.5 million remaining on the final three years of his four-year contract. Snyder would have to pay off the $7.5 million if he fires the head coach, unless he is able to work out a buyout agreement with Schottenheimer.

The sudden emergence of Florida's Steve Spurrier as an NFL coaching candidate strengthens Snyder's hand. If Schottenheimer resigns or is fired, Snyder has a big available name he can call immediately.


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