By 1993, after some poor drafts and some terrible losses in free agency, the Redskins simply were out of players.
Casserly and Turner had a long phone conversation that afternoon. Casserly would have brought Turner to town for a formal interview that weekend if NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had not ordered the process stopped until the Cowboys finished the season. The Cowboys' season didn't end for another month, when Dallas won its second straight Super Bowl. Three days after that, Turner flew to Washington and met with Cooke and Casserly.
His hiring wasn't entirely the slam dunk the Redskins had expected. Turner also had been contacted by the Arizona Cardinals, who were ready to make him both coach and general manager. When he walked into Redskin Park, his intention was to delay a decision until he had talked to the Cardinals as well. But he changed his mind that day after Casserly left Turner and Cooke alone for a private chat. Some 45 minutes later Casserly was summoned back to Cooke's office. "Meet the new coach of the Washington Redskins," a smiling Cooke said.
Turner later explained: "I just decided this was where I wanted to be. I wanted to work for Mr. Cooke.