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artemis
12-04-00, 10:32 PM
In case anyone missed this,

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/sports/AP-FBN-Turner-Fired.html

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Filed at 7:11 p.m. ET

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Dan Snyder didn't have much time nor many options.

The Washington Redskins owner knew he wanted coach Norv Turner out. The problem was replacing him with three games left in the regular season.

After watching the most expensive team in NFL history fail to live up to his Super Bowl expectations, Snyder fired Turner on Monday and promoted passing game coordinator Terry Robiskie to try to salvage the season.

``It's all about winning,'' Snyder said. ``We assembled the best team we could put together. At this point we just really needed to make a change, driven with what I call some serious leadership.''

The owner pulled an all-nighter in making his decision, hours after the Redskins lost to the New York Giants at home Sunday and severely hurt their chances of making the playoffs.

Snyder and his brain trust examined the available names from the pro and college ranks. At about 12:30 a.m., they realized the obvious: With three games to go in the season, they would have to hire in-house.

By 2:30 a.m., Snyder had chosen Robiskie. At 11 a.m., Snyder fired Turner, who managed to produce only a 7-6 record this season with a $100 million roster.

``I've obviously been put in a good position to have an opportunity to win,'' said Turner, at times fighting back tears. ``This team has a chance to be 10-6. That's a disappointment to me. There's part of me that would like to be a part of it. There's part of me that understands why it's necessary to make a change right now.''

Turner, in his seventh season with the team, left with a 49-59-1 record and one trip to the playoffs.

Robiskie, 46, is a former offensive coordinator with the Oakland Raiders and was one of Turner's first hires in Washington. He is known for a tough-love coaching style from his dealings with temperamental Redskins receivers Michael Westbrook and Albert Connell.

In his first meeting with the team, Robiskie made an impassioned speech and received a standing ovation.

``Terry is blunt and to the point,'' defensive end Kenard Lang said. ``He's like a stick of dynamite. He's going to make something happen.''

It was stark contrast to Turner, an Xs and Os strategist who never came across as an effective communicator or motivator.

``Norv did not threaten players,'' guard Keith Sims said. ``Some guys took advantage of him. Terry -- you're not going to take advantage of him.''

Snyder said defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, the former head coach at Philadelphia and Green Bay, was not interested in the job.

To make the playoffs, the Redskins probably need to win their last three games -- in Dallas and Pittsburgh, and home for Arizona.

``I believe to get anyone to believe in you, trust you, you've got to motivate, and that's my coaching style,'' Robiskie said.

Robiskie's first move was to fire special teams coach LeCharls McDaniel, whose coverage and kicking units struggled much of the season. Tight ends coach Pat Flaherty will coach special teams as well as tight ends.

The search for a coach for the 2001 season will be headed by former college coach Pepper Rodgers, who was hired Monday to the newly created position of vice president of football operations.

Turner, hired as a first-time head coach by late owner Jack Kent Cooke in 1994, was third in seniority with one team behind Pittsburgh's Bill Cowher and Minnesota's Dennis Green.

But Turner needed six years to get the Redskins to the playoffs. That came last season, when Washington won the NFC East with a 10-6 record and defeated Detroit in the first round of the postseason before losing 14-13 at Tampa Bay.

The 48-year-old coach earned a reputation as a master strategist with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was the offensive coordinator for two Super Bowl teams in the early 1990s. Some of his game plans in Washington were truly masterful, but his inability to keep players focused and motivated led to his downfall.

``We saw where the traction was being lost,'' co-owner Fred Drasner said. ``We were like a 4-wheel drive in the mud. Either you keep spinning the wheels, or you go get the winch. I think we chose to get the winch, and the winch was Terry.''

The stakes became higher this season when Snyder spent millions on players, including Deion Sanders, Bruce Smith, Jeff George, Mark Carrier, and draft picks LaVar Arrington and Chris Samuels. Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, also brought in Rhodes to handle the defense.

But injuries, unforced errors and an erratic kicking game took their toll. In three games this season, missed field goals contributed to losses, and Turner used four placekickers. On Sunday, 44-year-old Eddie Murray was short on a 49-yard field goal attempt in the final minute.

Snyder acknowledged the injury problem -- three offensive starters have been lost for the season -- but he said it was no excuse.

``We've had some injuries this year,'' Snyder said. ``But championship teams overcome the injuries.''

Butnud
12-05-00, 01:37 AM
Correct me if I am wrong but i remember reading someplace that the REdskins were the unbeatables in the 80's???

MrJack
12-05-00, 03:50 PM
Another bunch of high priced, underachieving egomaniacs nailing the coach's coffin shut.

Butnud
12-05-00, 06:10 PM
Hey MrJack,
Is that a good or bad thing???

bxny
12-05-00, 06:42 PM
Norv should've been fired at LEAST a half dozen different times during his seven year stint as head coach. If the NFL hadn't of procrastinated in approving the ownership of the Skins to Snyder until July of '99, when it was too late to bring in another head coach, his ass would've been sent packing a long with Charlie Casserly. This team has a good mix of players that has under achieved BIG time, and Turner and his predictable/passive way of coaching is a ONE of the main reasons. I'm glad that Robiskie is getting a well deserved shot at being head coach. He's just the type of coach this team needs, one with a backbone.

BEAT DALLAS!!!!

Butnud
12-05-00, 08:18 PM
Now wait a minute. Nobody beats my Cowboys!

Go get 'em boyz!

Yankees47
06-16-08, 10:49 PM
Just a guess but Im saying the Ravens beat the Giants 34-7 in the Super Bowl with Ray Lewis winning the MVP

YanksFan1992
06-16-08, 11:11 PM
Just a guess but Im saying the Ravens beat the Giants 34-7 in the Super Bowl with Ray Lewis winning the MVP

Huh? :confused:

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06-16-08, 11:13 PM
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YanksFan1992
06-16-08, 11:15 PM
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