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Rhodes takes Denver post

January 17, 2001

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— Six years after celebrating a Super Bowl victory together, Denver Broncos coach Mike Shanahan and Ray Rhodes have been reunited.

Rhodes became Shanahan's defensive coordinator on Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year contract with the Broncos. Team officials said Rhodes will sign the contract Monday.

Rhodes, who was the defensive coordinator for the Washington Redskins last season, replaces Greg Robinson.

Shanahan declined comment until Rhodes signs his contract next week. Messages left with Rhodes' agent, Jim Solano, were not returned.

Shanahan and Rhodes were assistants for San Francisco during the 1994 season. The 49ers won the Super Bowl in January 1995, and both men subsequently were hired as head coaches, Shanahan by Denver and Rhodes by the Philadelphia Eagles.

In his one season with Washington, Rhodes helped the Redskins improve from 30th in total defense to fourth. He had a year remaining on his contract, but Washington will not receive a draft pick from Denver as compensation.

Rhodes went to the Redskins when he was fired after one season as head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1999. He also was head coach of the Eagles from 1995-98.

Former Kansas City Chiefs coach Gunther Cunningham and Green Bay Packers defensive backs coach Bob Slowik also interviewed for the Denver job.

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