Sunday Evening Massacre

Steve Spurrier insisted recently he would not walk away from the Washington Redskins. In his second season in Washington, Spurrier has not tasted the success he expected when leaving the University of Florida, in what was then an unexpected move.

Under the close eye of meddlesome owner Daniel Snyder, Spurrier and his coaching staff has been endlessly scrutinized, as the team has struggled mightily following a 3-1 start to the season. Snyder brought in two former Washington Redskins coaches, offensive line coach Russ Grimm and defensive coordinator Foge Fazio in the past week to work with, over-see, and report to Snyder their findings and recommendations to improve a deteriorating situation in Washington.

On both sides of the ball, Grimm and Fazio reported to Snyder the team lacks the fundamentals of a consistent NFL team, in one case the technique was referenced as ‘terrible', the Insiders has learned.

Much of the problem with the Washington offense has focused on the Spurrier offense. Seemingly regressing in the 2003 season, the Redskins are a team without an identity. The Redskins offensive line has played as poorly as any in the league. Second-year quarterback Patrick Ramsey has taken merciless beatings, week-in and week-out. Spurrier has attempted to run the football more in the 2003 season, but his running back tandem of Trung Canidate and Ladell Betts have battled injuries.

The Insiders has learned from a league source in Dallas tonight that Snyder was visually and verbally upset following the latest Redskins loss, a 21-14 beating at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in a game which was not as close as the score may indicate. At one point following the loss, Snyder was allegedly overheard while speaking to a front office member of the Washington organization stating, "This cannot go on any longer, we need to make a change."

Hiring the high-profile Spurrier in 2002 came as a surprise, there will be no such surprises when Snyder releases yet another head coach.


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