Davis interviews Robiskie

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 8, 2004

CLEVELAND - Browns coach Butch Davis' search for a new offensive coordinator began in his own backyard.

Davis interviewed wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie on Tuesday at the Browns training complex in Berea, team spokesman Todd Stewart said.

Davis has interviewed other potential candidates by phone but hasn't revealed their names, Stewart said.

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Robiskie, 49, joined the Browns three years ago when Davis took over as coach. Robiskie spent the previous seven seasons as an assistant coach in Washington, a tenure that ended in 2000 with him serving as interim coach for three games after Norv Turner was fired.

Robiskie also was an assistant with the Los Angeles Raiders for 12 years, the last five as offensive coordinator.

Davis fired coordinator Bruce Arians and two other offensive assistants the day after the Browns ended their season 5-11.

Cleveland's offense, which failed to score a touchdown in five games, was supposed to lead the team back to the playoffs this season.

Injuries on the offensive line and inconsistency from quarterbacks Tim Couch and Kelly Holcomb led to the offense dropping in several key statistical categories, such as points per game and total yardage.

Davis has not put a timetable on finding a replacement for Arians.