Dallas' Turner open to offers

January 03, 1994|By Fort Worth Star-Telegram

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Norv Turner said he is receptive to being contacted about coaching openings around the NFL during the two-week period between now and the Dallas Cowboys' next game, a timetable that might coordinate with the Washington Redskins' plans.

"How we handle any of this is up to [Cowboys coach] Jimmy (Johnson)," said Turner, the Dallas offensive coordinator. "Nothing is going to happen that will disrupt what we're trying to accomplish with the Cowboys."

Meanwhile, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke was scheduled to meet last night with first-year Washington coach Richie Petitbon to discuss with him the team's future.

Sources said Cooke has not made a decision to fire Petitbon and offer the position to Turner, and might be considering ordering Petitbon to make some staff changes in order to keep his job.

The Redskins have contacted "everyone who ever knew Norv" as part of their background check, said sources close to Turner, who is considered the NFL's hottest coaching candidate.

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