Flores to coach Seahawks Club president replaces Knox

Seattle Seahawks club president and general manager Tom Flores named himself the new head coach, the team announced yesterday.

Flores, who guided the Raiders to two Super Bowl titles as their head coach, accepted the Seattle coaching job at the urging of Seahawks owner Ken Behring.


Flores replaces Chuck Knox, the sixth winningest coach in NFL history, who agreed to step down as Seattle coach last month.

Under Flores, the Raiders became the first wild-card team to win a Super Bowl, with a 27-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles after the 1980 season. Three years later, Flores led the Raiders to another Super Bowl championship.


He and Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka are the only people in league history to win Super Bowl titles as a player, assistant coach and head coach.

Knox was the eighth coach to lose his job since the end of the regular NFL season and Flores is only the third replacement to be named.

* EAGLES: Offensive line coach Bill Walsh and his assistant Dan Neal will not be back next year, the team announced.

Walsh, 64, the Eagles' offensive line coach since 1987, is retiring from football after 32 seasons as a coach. Neal was not retained by the Eagles, the team said.

* CHARGERS: Bobby Ross named the first two members of his staff, appointing Chuck Priefer the special teams coach and putting John Misciagna in charge of quality control.

Priefer, 50, spend the last five seasons as the defensive backs coach at Georgia Tech. Priefer was the special teams coach for the Green Bay Packers in 1984-85, and also assisted with linebackers.

Misciagna, 36, will break down game tape of both the Chargers and their opponents and supply computer analysis for the staff's game-plan preparation.

Misciagna served as Georgia Tech's director of football operations last season after serving as recruiting director and as a volunteer assistant coach in 1989-90.


* BUCCANEERS: Buddy Ryan, rejected by Tampa Bay a year ago, still says he's the man best suited to turn the struggling team around.

The former Philadelphia Eagles coach interviewed for the Bucs vacancy and left a meeting with owner Hugh Culverhouse confident that he's the front-runner for the job in a field that includes Sam Wyche, Floyd Peters and Mike Holmgren.

"It's a great opportunity. It looks to me like a fit," Ryan said. "But last year looked like a fit, too. So, what can I tell you? . . . I guess I'm kind of a positive guy. I always think I'll win and always think I'm the leading candidate."

* STEELERS: Pittsburgh wants to talk to Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt about replacing Chuck Noll as coach.

The Steelers received permission from Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss the coaching vacancy created when Noll retired last month.

"Dan Rooney called and asked for permission to talk to Dave and they are going to visit in Dallas tomorrow [today]," Jones said, referring to the Steelers' president. "Of course, this is a great compliment to Jimmy Johnson and obviously to Dave."


Wannstedt, who came to the Cowboys from the University of Miami with Johnson, helped Dallas become one of the NFL's top rushing defenses (98.2 yards per game).

Stanford coach Dennis Green, who interviewed for the Minnesota Vikings job, has a meeting today in Dallas with Tom Donahoe, who was named director of football development for the Steelers yesterday.

* VIKINGS: President Roger Headrick is to meet tomorrow with San Francisco offensive coordinator Holmgren about the Vikings' coaching job.

Holmgren's agent, Bob LaMonte, said Sunday that the two will meet in Chicago.

Holmgren has interviewed with the Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers and is expected to interview with Tampa Bay and Indianapolis, LaMonte said.