Five Questions with: Danny Wuerffel

A light drizzle soaked the Redskins in their first mini-camp workout. And 45-degree temperatures left them chilled. Despite it all, coach Steve Spurrier wore shorts. Quarterback Danny Wuerffel, meanwhile, wore a smile. He's right where he wants to be: with his old college coach.

Q: Has Steve changed at all?

A: Not a lick. He's just a ball coach. That's what he wants to be and it's what he gets a chance to be. He's just in there drawing palys up on a board and we're learning them.

Q: What was your reaction to him leaving Florida?

A: I was excited for a lot of reasons. For the NFL, I thought it was a great exciting thing to have a coach like Spurrier. It'll be fun for the fans. Everyone will get enjoyment out of it. I was happy in general. Then when I found out I had the chance to come here I was as excited as I could be. This is a dream for all of us. Every NFL player could only hope to be in a place where a coach believes in you and the coach knows what you can do. You have to be in the right place at the right time and that's what we can only hope for.

Q: Did you hope you would end up where he is?

A: Certainly. There are probably a whole lot of guys from Florida and other places that would love the opportunity to play for Coach Spurrier. I didn't think I would have the opportunity to play for him. But when it came about I was as excited as I could be.

Q: What did he tell you when you came here?

A: It's an opportunity for us all to compete. One thing about Coach Spurrier, he's very committed to playing who he thinks is the best person to win. You go to some places and they may bring you in to be the third guy and that's what you'll be regardless of how things may or may not go. That's the way it works. But you could be the sixth guy and start for Coach Spurrier. You can never shut down your effort. You always play and compete. That's all we can ask for.

Q: Did you notice a difference in the receivers who have already worked in this offense?

A: What's amazing is that we put in more plays in one meeting than in any other offense I've been in. I was wondering how some of these guys would adjust to this. You go to other teams and you'll spend a week on three plays and you'll run them over and over. We got just about the entire playbook in in one meeting. [The receivers] are all trying to learn [the plays] and not only that, but the right technqiues. On one hand the offense is one of the most simple, the way we teach it and the way we do things. On the other hand Steve is really particular, especially at the quarterback position, on how you put it all together. For receivers and running backs, it can be a really simple offense in theory to learn. Then you just have to learn the techniques to do it correctly.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.


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