Jerry Rhome, Washington Redskins quarterbacks coach, has been interviewed for the head coaching job of the Oklahoma Outlaws of the U.S. Football League.
"I told (Oklahoma officials) that I am under contract for this year with the Redskins and that I will fulfill that contract. I told them that if they are willing to wait until after our season ends, well, then I might be willing to reevaluate," said Rhome, who joined the Redskins this year, after spending seven seasons as an assistant coach of the Seattle Seahawks, the last five as offensive coordinator.
Rhome said he told Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs of his phone conversation with Oklahoma officials, to keep him abreast of the matter. Rhome broke 16 NCAA passing records as an all-America at Tulsa University, finishing runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1964. He is a well-known figure in Tulsa, where the Outlaws are based.
Sid Gillman, Outlaws general manager, said today that he is considering " a half-dozen" candidates for the job, including Rhome.
The Washington Redskins acquired rookie defensive back Issac (Bo Scott) Metcalf from the Pittsburgh Steelers today in exchange for a conditional middle-round 1985 draft choice.
Metcalf, who plays both cornerback and strong safety, was drafted by Pittsburgh in the fourth round from Baylor. Bobby Beathard, Redskins general manager, said he was hoping to draft Metcalf, but the Redskins did not have a fourth- or fifth-round pick.
The Redskins have been concerned with improving the play at left cornerback, the position usually manned by Jeris White, unsigned 10-year veteran currently holding out. LeCharls McDaniel, third-year player, and Darrell Green, top draft pick from Texas A&I, have been splitting the position thus far.
"He (Metcalf) is not the savior, by any means. He's just a good young player," said Richie Petitbon, coach of the Redskins' defense. Petitbon said Metcalf, 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, will be tested only at cornerback, not strong safety. Metcalf was listed as the Steelers' No. 3 strong safety.
"We have to have four cornerbacks. Right now, we don't feel we have that fourth cornerback," said Petitbon.
"I know what it's like to be with a team one day, then gone the next. I don't want that to happen here," said Metcalf, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds.
Dexter Manley, Redskins' defensive end, said today that the Chicago Blitz of the U.S. Football League offered him a three-year contract. Asked if the contract was for the reported $1 million, Manley said, "Yeah, around that."
Manley is entering the final year of a three-year contract that will pay him the $60,000 minimum this year. Bruce Allen, general manager of the Blitz, would not comment on the contract offer to Manley.
"I will say that we had three of our four defensive linemen make one of the (USFL) all-pro teams and that it sure would be nice to have a fourth," Allen said.
Richard Bennett, Manley's attorney, spoke with Beathard today, although both sides said little progress was made. Manley said today, "My loyalty is with the Redskins, but I have to look out for myself."
Bennett sent a three-year contract proposal to the Redskins last week. The Redskins have yet to make an offer to Manley. Bennett said he is trying to work out a deal that would keep Manley with the Redskins. He added, "At this time, if Dexter were to make a deal with the USFL, it would appear that it would be with Chicago."
Beathard had no comment.