Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder didn't fume in the aftermath of Sunday's 35-28 loss at Philadelphia, and sources familiar with his thinking said yesterday he doesn't intend to make any changes to the team's coaching staff this week.
Snyder declined to comment yesterday. He was in New York on business during the day, but visited Redskin Park last night. He was in the Redskins' locker room following Sunday's game but didn't address the players, although he had a series of conversations with Coach Norv Turner and other club officials.
Snyder quickly has established a reputation for being a demanding owner, but has been relatively patient as the Redskins have lost three of their last four games. Several of his top advisers recently recommended that he fire defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, but Snyder left the decision to Turner, who retained Nolan. Nolan and special teams coach LeCharls McDaniel have been under intense scrutiny all season, but they remain on Turner's staff.
Several people close to Snyder said yesterday that he has been deeply troubled by the team's play during the recent stretch, but probably won't make his evaluations of Turner and his assistants until after the season. That perhaps could change if the Redskins lose on Sunday to the New York Giants, but Snyder doesn't appear to regard any of the club's assistants as prospective head coaches and his associates said he's unlikely to pursue former Cleveland Browns and Kansas City Chiefs head coach Marty Schottenheimer.
Even before the season began, Snyder made it clear that Turner likely would be fired if the Redskins failed to end their six-season playoff drought.
Yesterday Turner dismissed suggestions that the Redskins players weren't prepared for Sunday's game, in which they punctuated a sloppy performance with six turnovers.
"I thought our preparation for this game was outstanding," Turner said. "I didn't expect to go 16 games and not have a turnover problem, but I didn't expect to have a game with six turnovers. To talk about three or four plays and generalize that into a team's preparation, that might be easy, but it's not the right thing to do."
Redskins Bring in Thrash
Reserve wide receiver James Thrash made the Redskins' final kickoff return of Sunday's game, and Turner said yesterday that Thrash will continue to share the kickoff-return duties with Brian Mitchell.
"We're going to continue to look at that," Turner said. "I see Brian and James both returning kicks for us."
Mitchell is averaging only 19.2 yards per kickoff return this season. His longest kickoff return is 29 yards. Mitchell, 31, is in his 10th season with the team, and recently said that some members of the organization believe he has lost a step. . . . Redskins officials said they expect defensive end Marco Coleman, who suffered a sprained neck in Sunday's loss, to play against the Giants. Running back Stephen Davis has a bruised thigh and may be limited in practice this week but should play Sunday, trainer Bubba Tyer said. Fullback Larry Bowie, who hasn't played all season after suffering a broken ankle late in training camp, is scheduled to practice Wednesday, and the Redskins are hopeful that defensive end Ndukwe Kalu can play Sunday after being sidelined by a broken foot. Reserve linebacker Twan Russell and reserve cornerback Tito Paul may have to undergo arthroscopic knee surgeries.