Joe Bugel, the Redskins' assistant head coach for offense and the man credited with building the team's offensive line, said yesterday he has interviewed for the head coaching job with the Indianapolis Colts.
Bugel said he met with Colts General Manager Jim Irsay, the son of owner Robert Irsay, in Mobile, Ala., where he was scouting prospects at the Senior Bowl.
"I had a nice visit with them, but that's about it," Bugel said yesterday. "Sure, I'd have to say I'm interested. I'll listen to anyone who talks to me about a head coaching job in the National Football League. That's all I can tell you. I expect to hear from them in another week or so, and then I'll know a little more."
Also yesterday, the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bears' defensive coordinator, Buddy Ryan, whose innovative strategies made that team's defense the best, statistically, in the NFL, has been interviewed for the Colts' job . . .
The pickup truck stolen from Dolphins running back Tony Nathan was fished out of a rock pit in northwest Dade County (Fla.) late yesterday, and police recovered his missing playbook, described as "soggy" but intact.
Before the truck and playbook were found, a notebook containing 27 pages of handwriting that appeared to be Nathan's diary of training camp, and his truck registration had been found on the rock pit's shoreline . . .
Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry said he has almost ruled out trading backup quarterback Gary Hogeboom, who began the season as a starter but was replaced in midseason by veteran Danny White, the Dallas Times Herald reported.
The paper said Landry will decide about trading White after a meeting sometime in the next two weeks . . .
The California Alcohol Beverage Control Board has decided to ban the hawking of beer at the Jan. 20 Super Bowl at Stanford Stadium. Beer will continue to be sold at concession booths. The board said it feared rowdiness from drunken fans.