Davis names Robiskie offensive coordinator

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 10, 2004

CLEVELAND - Terry Robiskie has many decisions to make as the Browns' new offensive coordinator, not the least of which is choosing a starting quarterback.

Robiskie, who was Cleveland's wide receivers coach for three years under coach Butch Davis, was named Friday to improve an offense that failed to score a touchdown in five games last year.

Robiskie was thought to be Davis' favorite for the job and a candidate for positions on several other teams.

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''Terry was the first person I interviewed for the position of offensive coordinator, and after I continued to talk with other candidates it became very apparent the best person for the job was right here in our building,'' Davis said in a statement.

Davis has not disclosed the other candidates he interviewed for the job.

Robiskie, 49, spent seven seasons as an assistant coach in Washington. He also was an assistant with the Los Angeles Raiders for 12 years, the last five as offensive coordinator.

He thanked Davis and the Browns organization in a statement for putting their faith in him.

''We have some exciting offensive players, and I look forward to continuing to work with them,'' Robiskie said.

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

Davis and Robiskie need to turn around an offense that was expected to lead the Browns back to the playoffs last season but sputtered as injuries weakened the offensive line.

Choosing a starting quarterback will be the most pressing decision. Tim Couch ($7.6 million) and Kelly Holcomb ($975,000) are both under contract for next season, but it's doubtful the Browns would bring them both back.

The Browns also need to hire a quarterbacks coach, running backs coach and wide receivers coach.

''It's time to get to work,'' Robiskie said.

The Browns will introduce Robiskie at a news conference Monday at the team's training complex in Berea.

Robiskie served as interim coach with the Redskins in 2000 after Norv Turner was fired and posted a 1-2 record. Robiskie was a running back with the Raiders and Dolphins during his five-year playing career.