Redskins Hire Schottenheimer

Marty Schottenheimer was hired as coach of the Washington Redskins today, returning to the NFL with a team that proved to be an expensive bust this season.

Schottenheimer, who took both of his previous teams to the NFL playoffs, received a four-year, $10 million contract from the Redskins, who finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs despite the largest player payroll in NFL history.

He also will be the team’s director of football operations.

To hire Schottenheimer, the Redskins agreed to give the Kansas City Chiefs third-round picks in the next two drafts.

Has Been Critical of Snyder

Schottenheimer, who has worked for ESPN (which, like ABCNEWS, is owned by the Walt Disney Co.) the last two years and has been critical of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, replaces interim coach Terry Robiskie, who coached the final three games of this season after Norv Turner was fired.

Schottenheimer coached the Chiefs from 1989-98, compiling a 101-58-1 record. He resigned in January 1999, with three seasons left on his Kansas City contract.

The 57-year-old Schottenheimer coached the Browns from 1984-88, going 46-31.

He ranks 12th in career NFL coaching victories.

Schottenheimer took the Chiefs to the playoffs seven times in 10 seasons, and went to the postseason in each of his four seasons in Cleveland, including two AFC title game appearances.

Shared Commitment to Winning

In a statement, Schottenheimer said he decided to return to coaching “because it’s in my blood. It’s who I am.

“Dan Snyder is committed to winning and so am I.”

Snyder, searching for the best coach money could buy to complement his $100 million roster, courted some of the most prominent coaches in the country, including Bill Parcells, Steve Spurrier and Butch Davis.

Florida’s Spurrier and Miami’s Davis made it clear they wanted to remain at their respective colleges, while former Giants, Patriots and Jets coach Parcells said he does not intend to coach again.