ASHBURN, Virginia, Reuters
The Washington Redskins on Wednesday hired Marty Schottenheimer, who once said he could never work for the team’s owner, to take over the dual job of head coach and director of football operations.
Schottenheimer will receive a four-year contract worth US$10 million, according to ESPN.
Schottenheimer, a former coach with the Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs, spent the past two years as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who added a slew of high-priced free agents during the off-season but saw his pre-season Super Bowl favorites flounder to an 8-8 mark, fired coach Norv Turner with three games left in the 2000 season.
Since 1960, the only coaches to take their teams to the playoffs more times than Schottenheimer are Don Shula (19), Tom Landry (18), Chuck Noll (12) and Bud Grant (12).
Schottenheimer coached 12 of his 14 clubs to winning records, including nine 10-win seasons.
“Marty Schottenheimer knows how to win, and that’s what Redskins fans demand in a coach,” Snyder said.
“I believe we have a solid player foundation.
We’re now pairing that with a coach who understands what it takes to be successful in the NFL.”
After spending US$100 million on payroll and bonuses, Snyder fired Turner after back-to-back losses to NFC East rivals Philadelphia and New York dropped the Redskins to 7-6. The Redskins lost their first two games under interim Terry Robiskie and were eliminated from the playoffs.
On Wednesday, Schottenheimer said he decided to return to coaching “because it’s in my blood. It’s who I am.” Schottenheimer, praised Snyder on Wednesday.
“Dan Snyder is committed to winning, and so am I,” Schottenheimer said. “ The Washington Redskins are among the leading franchises in all sports and it’s a privilege to join the organization.
I look forward to getting immediately to work so we’re in a strong position as we approach the business of putting the 2001 Redskins on the field.”
Schottenheimer, 57, resigned as Chiefs coach after the 1998 season with three years remaining on his contract. As compensation for the Chiefs relinquishing their contract, the Redskins will compensate the team with third-round picks in 2001 and 2002.