Petitbon interested in Packers job


Richie Petitbon, the Washington Redskins' assistant coach for defense, says he'd been interested in coaching the Green Bay Packers and hopes the team would wait to interview him.

The Redskins play the Detroit Lions in the NFC championship game Sunday. Redskins general manger Charley Casserly said he would deny permission for his assistant coaches to be interviewed until after the team's final game.

"I believe if somebody is interested they should wait," said Petitbon. "For the life of me, I can't understand what the hurry is."

Meanwhile, the agent for San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren said last night that the Packers had made an offer to his client to coach the team.

But the agent, Bob LaMonte, added, "It's far from a done deal."

* Giants owner Wellington Mara, ex-Raiders punter Ray Guy, ex-Chargers wide receiver Charlie Joiner and ex-49ers coach Bill Walsh are first-time finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also among the nominees are former Colts tight end John Mackey and former Redskins running back John Riggins.

The induction class will be announced Jan. 25. The finalists were picked by a mail vote by a 66-person selection committee.

* VIKINGS: Running back Herschel Walker, 29, was added to the Ottawa Rough Riders' negotiation list, and the Canadian Football League team's owner says a big effort will be made to sign him.

* EAGLES: Harry Himes, the lawyer for Wes Hopkins, is appealing a decision by the league to bypass Hopkins, the NFC's Pro Bowl alternate at free safety, in favor of adding a strong safety, the Bears' Shaun Gayle, to replace injured free safety Tim McDonald of the Cardinals. Hopkins would get a $50,000 bonus for making the team.

* STEELERS: Pittsburgh will end its first round of coaching interviews today by talking with Chiefs defensive coordinator Bill Cowher.

The front-runners are said to be Steelers defensive line coach Joe Greene, Cowboys defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt and 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren.

Also interviewed: Bears coordinators Vince Tobin and Greg Landry, former Patriots coach Rod Rust, WLAF coach Mike Riley and Steelers assistants Dick Hoak and John Fox.

* RAIDERS: An arrest warrant was issued for quarterback Todd Marinovich after he failed to appear for an arraignment on a misdemeanor disturbance charge, court officials in Torrance, Calif., said.

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