Monday, October 20, 2003
Updated: October 21, 5:00 PM ET
Team brings in two for quick consultation
By Len Pasquarelli
Turns out that the consulting work done by Joe Bugel and Foge Fazio for the slumping Washington Redskins, the initial report termed "overstated" by one team official, was just a one-day gig spent analyzing videotape Tuesday and submitting suggestions.
One newspaper outlet reported Monday that Bugel had rejoined the Redskins as an offensive consultant.
"Foge spent maybe five hours here [at the team's complex] and he is gone already," Redskins vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato told ESPN.com. "Joe Bugel came in this morning, is watching film, and is out of here by evening.
"Look, we're not playing well and we're in a bye week, so we figured we would have two knowledgeable guys come in and look at us and see if they had any recommendations. It was nothing more than that," Cerrato said.
Cerrato emphasized that neither Bugel nor Fazio, two former longtime coaches in the league, did any on-field coaching and said there were no plans for them to instruct players.
There have been no changes made to Washington's staff and none are currently planned.
Some members of the coaching staff have come under fire in the wake of a three-game losing streak that has knocked Washington down to 3-4, and there have been rumors of discord.
Last week, coach Steve Spurrier was forced to deny that he nearly resigned just before the start of the season, because of owner Dan Snyder's role in personnel decisions.
There has been pass rush pressure all season on second-year quarterback Patrick Ramsey and the Redskins are in the process of altering the protection scheme Spurrier utilized while coach at the University of Florida. The defense also has not played well in recent weeks.
Bugel retired from the NFL last season after a long career as an assistant and head coach. He was most noted during his tenure as being one of the league's premier offensive line mentors; he guided "The Hogs" to greatness in the 1980s. Fazio is a former defensive coordinator who was Washington's linebackers coach in 2000, and he's already employed by the Redskins as a part-time scout.
"I mean, basically, Foge is already on our payroll," Cerrato told ESPN.com. "All we asked was that he take a look, see if there's something we're missing, or if there is some suggestions that he might have that could help. This whole thing about us hiring these guys is overstated. [It was] one day and they're out of here."
On the personnel front, the Redskins made two minor moves Tuesday, adding defensive end Ron Warner and offensive lineman Mitch White, both of whom worked out recently for coaches and scouts. To create two rosters spots, Washington released defensive end Ladairis Jackson and offensive guard Brad Bedell.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.