Will It Work?

Armed with 4 quarterbacks, an all pro linebacking corps that all NFL teams should envy, and a rich and determined owner, Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier should make Sunday's a lot more interesting than they have been. If anything else, one could maybe discuss Rod Garnder's touch down toss with Monday morning coffee.

Steve Spurrier has made my life a nightmare. The new head coach of the Washington Redskins has stirred up a ton of conversation throughout the sports world and to my dismay, my own world.

"Will Spurrier's offense work in the NFL?" is the question it usually starts off with. I've learned after several attempts at answering that this is just a lead off for endless debate.

For all the diagnosis in the world, Spurrier is just like any other coach that takes on a new job: He'll either sink or swim. What I've been able to learn thus far is that every player that has ever played for him has had only high praise for his coaching skills; ditto for those whom played or coached against him, therefore I cannot help but feel this guy will be successful.

The thing that I note most about Spurrier is the fact that he really hasn't produced a lot of high caliper NFL players but he has won a lot of games. That says a lot to me about his ability to get a group of players to execute the fundamentals and play together as a team. Just look back to the Orange Bowl when Spurrier's Gators flawlessly amassed 659 yards of offense on a seemingly helpless Maryland Terrapins team.

"But can he do it in the NFL?"

Also in Spurrier's corner is the fact that he has one of the NFL's finest defensive coordinators in Marvin Lewis. Lewis has already been provided with 3 of the NFL's finest linebackers along with 2 top corner backs. Lewis' defense should keep the team close even against the difficult schedule the Redskins have and that should provide more opportunities for the offense.

The Redskins will no doubt be a much different team than they ever have been. Spurrier will try things that most coaches would dare not attempt to. Sometimes he will be successful, sometimes he won't be and that's the learning curve he'll have to go through. And apparently he's very good at learning things quickly because he has had so much success everywhere he's coached.

I also like the fact that Spurrier has enough sense to let his staff coach. He does watch over every aspect and provide inputs but at the same time, he steps aside when he should. In short, Spurrier is not a total control minded person, something that coach Marty was.

The upcoming season will unravel the tales of success or the woes of failure. I think Spurrier's tale will be worth sticking around to see the outcome.


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