Petitbon promotes 3 Redskins coaches

March 09, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer The New York Times contributed to this article.

The Washington Redskins made the first moves to restructure their coaching staff yesterday in the wake of Joe Gibbs' resignation as coach.

Richie Petitbon, the former assistant head coach/defense who was named to replace Gibbs on Friday, promoted three of Gibbs' assistants. Petitbon said on Friday he didn't expect to make any additions to the staff.

Larry Peccatiello, the former defensive coordinator, was named assistant head coach; Emmitt Thomas, the former defensive backfield coach, was named defensive coordinator; and Rod Dowhower, the former quarterbacks coach, was named

offensive coordinator.

Thomas became the fourth black coach in the league with a coordinator title. The other three are Ray Rhodes and Sherman Lewis, the defensive and offensive coordinators of the Green Bay Packers, respectively, and Tony Dungy, the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings.

Dowhower will get a chance to run the offense that was formerly Gibbs' domain. Petitbon said he'll let Dowhower run the offense the way Gibbs let him run the defense. Petitbon will remain in charge of the defense.

Dowhower has been an assistant coach with the St. Louis Cardinals, Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons and was head coach of the Indianapolis Colts in 1985-86.

"He's an excellent play-caller who knows our offense extremely well," Petitbon said of Dowhower.

Meanwhile, Gibbs' agent, Robert Fraley, said he'll meet with Gibbs on Thursday to discuss the possibilities of Gibbs becoming a television analyst.

"I think Joe over the last 12 years has earned the credibility that a network will be looking for in an analyst or a person in the studio," he said.

Since Gibbs isn't independently wealthy and his NASCAR team isn't a moneymaker, Gibbs needs to find a job. Besides TV, Gibbs said he also is interested in making motivational &r speeches.

* Judge David Doty has denied Redskins linebacker Wilber Marshall's request to be heard quickly on his objection to being named his team's "franchise player." Doty said Friday in a letter to Marshall's attorney that the free-agency settlement terms "were fair, reasonable and adequate," and that Marshall was free to pursue his objections, with those of any other players, at the final approval hearing April 16.

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