The Washington Redskins may have trouble showing much interest in tomorrow's game against the Los Angeles Rams, a troubled team that has lost six straight games.
But Richie Petitbon, the assistant coach who runs the Redskins' defense, has a special reason to hope Washington (11-1) at least will put on a spiffy performance on defense in their 4 p.m. game.
That's because Petitbon said yesterday he has heard the rumors going around the NFL that the Rams (3-9) are considering him as a possible head coaching candidate if John Robinson is fired at the end of this season.
Petitbon said that he had no idea whether the rumors were true, that he never has met Rams executive vice president John Shaw, and that he wouldn't feel it appropriate to comment on the rumors.
The Rams have made no comment on their coaching situation except to say that Robinson will finish out the season.
Meanwhile, the Redskins are expected to sign rookie tight end John Jenkins off the practice squad list today to replace Ron Middleton, who is expected to miss 3 weeks with a knee sprain. The Redskins haven't decided whether to put Middleton on the injured reserve list or waive defensive back Travis Curtis.
Defensive lineman Charles Mann (knee) and wide receiver Art Monk (thigh) practiced yesterday, and the Redskins hope they'll be able to play.
By winning, Washington would clinch the NFC East championship for the first time since 1987.