Former Washington Redskins linebacker Kurt Gouveia will be on the sideline with the Berlin Thunder today in World Bowl XIII in Dusseldorf, Germany, but his next destination is unclear.
Gouveia, who won two Super Bowls with the Redskins, spent last fall as a coaching intern with Washington but has no position lined up in the NFL for 2005.
Gouveia, 40, dreams of joining an NFL staff, and working at Redskins Park in particular, and is paying his dues in NFL Europe. He is a defensive assistant/linebackers coach with Berlin, which faces Amsterdam this afternoon in the title game.
He spent three seasons on the University of Hawaii staff -- Gouveia is a native of Hawaii -- after he played 13 seasons in the NFL, the highlight of which came when he set up a touchdown after intercepting Jim Kelly in Washington's 37-24 victory over Buffalo in Super Bowl XXVI. Gouveia hopes the experience he is gaining in Europe will position him to get back to the NFL.
"Coaching with the college kids," Gouveia said during a telephone interview from Germany, "you really have to break down some basic fundamentals and teach them, and the speed is different. And for me to come up here and coach professional athletes and develop that type of rapport with the players as far as the mental adjustment and attitude, it gives me great experience and hopefully gives me a better shot to get to the NFL."
Gouveia said his time in Washington left an indelible imprint on his approach to the game, and he reflects upon his years playing for Hall of Fame Coach Joe Gibbs often when working with his own players now.
"My internship last fall with them at Redskins Park, I really enjoyed that," Gouveia said. "I really loved working with the linebacker coach, Dale Lindsey, and the defensive coach, Gregg Williams, I really enjoyed that. He's basically the type of coach I want to work under, with his worth ethic and philosophy on football."
Gouveia is trying to line up another internship with an NFL team, with an eye toward eventually being brought on staff, but has not heard from the Redskins recently.
* MCQUARTERS, LIONS AGREE: Detroit has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with former Bears defensive back R.W. McQuarters.
The Lions had shown interest in McQuarters and former New England Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law. But Law is recovering from a broken foot and Lions President Matt Millen said he didn't want to lose McQuarters while waiting on Law's rehabilitation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report