Spurrier says Redskins are wait and see team

During his time as the head coach at the University Of Florida, Steve Spurrier was regarded as one of the best coaches in the country. <p>

After one season in the National Football League, he is now viewed as just another head coach.

On January 14, 2002, Redskins principal owner Daniel Snyder signed Spurrier to a $5 million a year contract to coach the Washington Redskins.

During his time at the University Of Florida, Spurrier compiled a 122-27-1 record.

The Gators finished in first place in the SEC nine times during Spurrier's 12 seasons as head coach. A 1996 National Championship highlighted this run.

Last season Spurrier, was 7-9, in his first season with the Washington Redskins. After this less than spectacular campaign, many are wondering if he has what it takes to be successful at the NFL level.

" I thought it would be a pretty good learning curve for him, coming from college to the professional game," said Phil Simms, former Giants quarterback, and current CBS football analyst.

"I tell people this all the time, you just can't understand how hard the coaches work in the National Football League, and the multitude of things they do. Everybody looked upon Steve Spurier as a genius in college, and it might be true, he might have been. But a genius in college just makes another guy in the NFL."

Spurrier's offensive teams at Florida used a highly-effective run and gun style offense, highlighted by big offensive numbers, generated mostly through an aggressive passing attack.

Since 1990, Spurrier's Florida teams averaged more than 35 points a contest, 310 passing yards, and 460 total yards per game.

Spurrier was convinced that his pass first style of offense would work in the NFL.

"The Old Ball Coach", even tried to use the same players he coached in college.

Spurrier brought Danny Wuerffel, and Shane Matthews, to Washington with the idea that they would be his starting, and backup quarterbacks.

Both players had success with him at Florida, and Spurrier thought both of these quarterbacks would be productive in the NFL, under his offensive guidance .

This move did not work out as planned.

The Redskins went through three different starting quarterbacks in 2002. For the season, they ranked 19th, in total offense, 23rd in rushing, and 15th in passing yards per game.

Neither, Weurffel, or Matthews are still members of the Redskins.

"We lost games (last season) the way everyone loses," said Spurrier. "We lost games with turnovers, mistakes, penalties, so we are going to try to be smarter this year, take care of the ball better, and make sure our players are in position to make plays."

This season Patrick Ramsey enters the year as the teams starting quarterback.

"Ramsey has a whole lot of potential, but he hasn't done a whole lot," said Spurrier. "We are a wait and see team right now"

Having a wait and see attitude might note be the best approach for Spurrier, considering whom he works for.

"I think Spurrier has what it takes to make it the NFL," said Boomer Esiason, a former NFL player, and current CBS football analyst. "But I don't know if Daniel Snyder is going to metal in his business or not."

This clash of egos might come to fruition sooner than expected if the Redskins have another losing season. …


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