On looking back on his time in Washington:
"In this business, time flies. It was a fun three years, I know.
Looking back, had I not had that experience it would be tough for me
to be sitting where I'm sitting today. It was a great experience
On what he got out of his experience with the Washington Redskins:
"I was coming out of college at that time from a program with great
tradition and you really understand the tradition of the Washington
Redskins and obviously, the success they have had over time, the fans,
and living in the Nation's capital. You know, there are a lot of
things. It was a nice start in the NFL, with one of the great
franchises in the history of the game."
On the influence his experience in Washington had on his
"I think working for Norv (Turner, Head Coach, San Diego Chargers) was
a great experience for me. I hadn't been exposed to that offense for
any length of time. I think being around Sonny (Jurgensen), believe it
or not, and I had been a big fan of Sonny's growing up in North Carolina. Sonny always brought the personnel element, that thought
process. I remember having a lot of conversations. He knew schemes,
but at the same time he talked about people and players. When he
called plays, because back then guys were calling plays, to him it was
more about people than scheme. I really think that had a huge impact
on me. I think that has had a huge impact on my offensive philosophy.
Overall, from a head coaches' perspective, get quality people on your
team and in your organization because quality people are going to
On Trent (Green, QB, #10):
"I think Trent (Green, QB, #10) would have made it somewhere because I
think he has that inner drive. He is playing football for all the
right reasons and usually those guys are tough to get to go away
because they just keep knocking at your door. I think that the guy who
really deserves the credit for Trent is Norv (Turner). Norv gave him
the opportunity and it is so difficult in this business to have the
courage as a head coach to put a starter out there that was a fourth
teamer. Norv and I are very similar. We trust our instincts. Norv is
the same guy that had the courage to play Gus (Frerotte), a seventh
round draft pick. I look back and I think of Gus and I think of Trent
and guys that have come from nowhere to play over 12, 13 years in this
business. It takes a head coach that has a lot of courage. To me, the
guy that should get the credit along with the player, would be Norv
On his feelings about returning to Washington and coaching against
"Obviously, I have so much respect for Coach Gibbs and what he has
done over a long period of time. I used to as a college coach go to
Carlisle and stay in the dorms and study their offense and we would
try to steal every idea we could while I was at Michigan with what the
Redskins were doing. It goes back to that. I was in San Diego when he
came to Washington a couple of years ago and that was the first time I
had been in the stadium. The year I left was the last year in RFK. I
have kind of gotten over the coming back because it was kind of neat
but now I truly understand that it is a business trip. From all
perspectives here we are coming to play a good football game. In my
mind it's down to football."
On his perspective on the Redskins defense:
"Number one, you have to go back and realize how good they were; one
of the top defenses in the league in '04 and '05. Last year they had a
couple of injuries and we all know how that plays into any team. I
know they go right into the off-season and pick up London (Fletcher,
LB, #59). They bring in some new guys. I know their expectation is to
get right back to playing the kind of defense they have played. They
have made progress in getting anything corrected that they needed to
correct and they have gotten healthy. There is no doubt in my mind
that this is going to be a good defense."
On his University of Michigan days:
"It was through the '80s and early '90s and you know what was
happening in Washington at that time. I would always like to take two
or three weeks of our vacation time and go to NFL camps and what
better place to go than go study the Washington Redskins. We put all
of the plays that you can imagine with Mark Rypien and Doug Williams
and so forth, so we really put in a lot of their packages. And I can
tell you, that helped us win one, if not two, Rose Bowls."
On Heath Shuler as a U.S. Congressman:
"It does not surprise me one bit. Shuler is one of the finest human
beings I have ever been around and coached. He would tell you, when
you are drafted that high, expectations are off the charts and you
want to play better and you want your career to turn out differently.
But Shuler the person, has never been in question in my mind. He is a
tremendous man, I am thrilled for him."
On taking a chance with Antwaan Randle El (WR, #82) as a
"He was a great high school quarterback. If you ever go back and look
at his high school tape, he was player of the year in the state of
Illinois. A lot of people don't know that. I was always a big fan of
Charlie Ward and I always thought, ‘Boy if we could get a guy like
Charlie Ward', and Antwaan kind of reminded me of him. Here is a guy
that not only started at QB for four years, started at centerfield in
baseball and also played for Coach Bobby Knight, as a point guard in
college. Some people just didn't want to take a chance on him, but we
knew he was a quarterback. We were thrilled his career turned out the
way it did.
On Antwaan Randle El (WR, #82) as a wide receiver:
"He is a football player. Number one, he is a great leader. He is a
great practice player. He brings tremendous energy to the practice
field and to the locker room. I guarantee you, when the ball is in his
hands, if he is behind the line of scrimmage, there is not a throw
that he can't make, and I'm sure if he's across the line of scrimmage
there isn't any throw he can't make backwards. We will be well aware
of his ability as everyone else in the league is too. He is a great
young man. I know he is a father now, and a husband. It's been fun to
watch all the success he has had."
On difficulties in preparing for the Washington Redskins offense:
"I think you try to know the players for the most part over time. We
all as coaches get to know each other, scheme-wise, so you get a feel
for what guys want to do. Having not seen the unit, we will just have
to make some game-time adjustments. We don't have our starters out
there all together a whole lot either because we are still determining
some of our starters in the last couple of days. I think this is going
to be a game where you see both teams grow as both teams are going to
start playing together more.
On Trent Green (QB, #10) after his injury:
"We checked all the things we needed to check. There were two things
that stood out in my mind. Number one, that he wanted to be here. I
think that is important. Trent came here for all the right reasons.
One of those
primary reasons we felt we needed to grow in the area of leadership in
the quarterback position. I think it's a leadership position. I think
that is critical. Sometimes people get overly enamored with physical
power. You still have to be able to lead, and that is what we needed.
Those two things were primary in my mind and now he just needs to grow
with everybody else in our offense. I think Trent Green can still grow
as a player because he has new guys to work with."
On what he has learned from working with head coaches Norv Turner
and Marty (Schottenheimer):
"You really draw something from both. Norv is so good on game day. He
is probably the best that I have been around, assistant coordinator or
as head coach. Game day he is just off the charts good. Marty and Bo
Schembechler and Coach (Bobby) Knight, I really think of them, though
they are very good on game day, they are off the charts during the
week. The preparation, the detail, the week of preparation for those
kind of guys means everything. I believe that as well. It is about how
you prepare throughout the course of the week, the detail, the
preparation. Then you go let the players play. We as coaches try to
help the players as much as we can on game day, but the way you help a
player the most in my view, is demand that he practice and prepare a
certain way. The game will take care of itself."
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