The Washington Redskins coaching staff will meet behind locked doors with General Manager Bobby Beathard in about three weeks, with topics to include kickers, quarterbacks and George Rogers -- not necessarily in that order.

The all-encompassing issue of Rogers is likely to be front and center, based on Super Bowl XXII and the growing suspicion that the Redskins have no idea what to expect from a somewhat injury-prone, seven-year veteran running back.

Beathard was back behind his desk at Redskin Park yesterday. He said none of his quarterbacks would be traded in the offseason and kickers Jess Atkinson and Ali Haji-Sheikh would go head-to-head in next season's training camp, but he was less specific on what might become of Rogers. He said only that the coaches' meeting in three weeks should carry some weight, not to mention a status report.

Speaking of weight, Beathard also said he would like runner Timmy Smith, who gained a record 204 yards in the 42-10 Super Bowl victory over Denver, to lose maybe five or six pounds before training camp. "I think {next year's running back situation} is going to be up to Timmy," Beathard said. "He had a terrific game, but he has to come back in the offseason and work hard . . . He had a good game, but he can be even better."

So, if next year's depth chart is "up to Timmy," this might leave Rogers out on the street -- or on the sidelines. Rogers could not be located for comment yesterday, but his agent Ed Holler said he "didn't think" Rogers would request a trade. "I think he thinks the world of Coach {Joe} Gibbs, Dan Henning and everyone else in Washington," Holler said.

On the other hand, Rogers started the Super Bowl only in name -- announced as a starter to the crowd and television audience, but deferring to Smith once the game began -- and this bugged him, according to his agent.

"I've talked to George," Holler said. "He said, 'We won; I'm happy. Whatever I can do to help the team.' But I could tell {he was hurt} just looking at him."

No less important than Rogers are the Redskins' kicking and quarterback situations, which should make for intriguing competition at Carlisle, Pa., in mid-July. Beathard reiterated yesterday what he'd said in December, that he didn't plan on trading any of his quarterbacks, including the suddenly erratic Jay Schroeder.

"You never have too many quarterbacks," Beathard said. "Seems like there's a scarcity of people at that position that you can win with."

Naturally, the better Mark Rypien gets, the more likely a trade could happen, and Beathard expects Rypien, who has never taken a regular season snap, to see more than a little work in the next preseason. "I think {Rypien's} a hell of a prospect," he said. "I'd be surprised if that changes. He's got a strong arm, he's smart, he's got leadership. He just has no experience."

Beathard still likes Schroeder, too, though he speaks in different tones about him.

"Jay has to spend a lot of time in the offseason," he said. "He's proven he's a winner, but he has to spend time to correct things. Jerry {Rhome, quarterback coach} has spoken with him."

Beathard, waiting for the upcoming coaches meeting, refused to list a No. 1 need for next season, but he guessed that the kicking game would be a priority. "We'd certainly like to go into training camp thinking it's been stabilized," he said.

While Atkinson, injured for most of the season, will compete with Super Bowl kicker Haji-Sheikh, Beathard said he expects to have four kickers in training camp, though he said he isn't even close to signing anybody new.

At this point, Beathard said he thinks the college draft is not the place to find someone, and he's gone that route before. It was Beathard, as a scout with Kansas City in the early '60s, who recommended that the Chiefs draft Jan Stenerud, and Beathard picked Tony Zendejas, who made 20 of 26 field goals for Houston this season, in a 1984 supplemental draft.

Stenerud shined from the beginning, but Zendejas did not, which is one reason why the Redskins traded him to the Oilers. Beathard is convinced that young kickers get worse before they get better, and he points to people like Nick Lowery and Dean Biasucci as evidence. The Redskins cut Lowery once, and now he excels in Kansas City. The Falcons cut Biasucci once, and now he's a Pro Bowl kicker in Indianapolis.

"In a way, you're maybe better off with a guy who's been around and been through it," Beathard said. "So, I guess you bring guys in who've failed. It's a mystery to me."