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Sat, 25 Jun 2005 19:37:28 -0700
Ron Morris, of the State, reports ESPN broadcaster Joe Theismann and former Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier, now the head coach at South Carolina, exchanged some words over the way Spurrier handled Redskins QB Patrick Ramsey during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. "Steve Spurrier would berate Patrick if he threw it to the flat because it wasn't there down field," Theismann said. "In Joe Gibbs' offense, if you don't have it, dump it off. That makes a big difference." Spurrier came right back at Theismann, without mentioning his name. "Obviously, after winning eight conference championships, one national championship, leading the nation in scoring in '96, leading the SEC in total offense and scoring offense almost ever year for 12 years, we did not accomplish all that by teaching the quarterback to force the ball down field," Spurrier said of his highly successful Florida days. Spurrier added he was amused at former players who never coached becoming experts just because they step behind a microphone.
Wed, 07 Jan 2004 14:05:20 -0800
Updating previous reports, the contract signed by Washington Redskins new head coach and team president Joe Gibbs is a five-year deal worth $25 million, according to the Associated Press. Gibbs' contract matches the NFL-record deal given to predecessor Steve Spurrier. "The desire to coach has always been with me, even after being away from the game for 11 years,'' Gibbs said.
Wed, 31 Dec 2003 08:18:26 -0800
The Washington Post reports Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Ray Rhodes, former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel, and former Minnesota Vikings head coach Dennis Green are currently the top candidates to replace Steve Spurrier as head coach of the Washington Redskins.
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 23:13:15 -0800
Mark Zuckerman, of the Washington Times, reports former Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier added to the excitement Monday, Dec. 29, regarding his resignation from the Redskins. Spurrier's agent, Jimmy Sexton, was working out the details with the team when word spread that Spurrier had resigned from the team. When reached while playing golf in Florida, Spurrier was not aware everything was a done deal so he denied reports that he had resigned from the team despite his calling team owner Dan Snyder that morning and informing him that Sexton would be working out the details with the club. After Sexton finally got through to Spurrier and let him know all was complete, Spurrier then had to take back his denial and blame it all on miscommunication.
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 09:57:37 -0800
Updating ongoing reports, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier has resigned from the team. Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports sources said there will not be a buyout of Spurrier's contract, which has three years, $15 million remaining. The Redskins, according to sources, will give Spurrier some money to cover some of his expenses.
Tue, 30 Dec 2003 09:18:39 -0800
ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli reports the Steve Spurrier era as head coach with the Washington Redskins could be coming to a swift end. Spurrier has retained agent Jimmy Sexton to evaluate his contract and resolve his future. While there is still a chance Spurrier could decide to return to Washington in 2004, there have been discussions with club counsel aimed at a possible exit strategy. A source with knowledge of the situation allowed Spurrier could be gone from the team as early as Tuesday, Dec. 30, but was clear the coach would not resign. Thus, that would suggest a settlement of Spurrier's contract, which has three years remaining worth a value of $15 million.
Sat, 27 Dec 2003 10:45:27 -0800
ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier is contemplating resigning from the Redskins after talking it over with his wife. Team sources said that Steve and Jerri Spurrier agreed that life with the Redskins is miserable and wondered why they should live life that way.
Mon, 22 Dec 2003 07:12:46 -0800
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports the Miami Dolphins are the latest team believed to be interested in Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier. ESPN reported Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga is comtemplating offering compensation to the Redskins to inherit the remainder of Spurrier's current contract. However, a Dolphins spokesman said there have been no discussions to replace head coach Dave Wannstedt. Spurrier, also linked to several college openings, has continued to assert his plan to return to the Redskins next season.
Wed, 17 Dec 2003 07:15:12 -0800
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports the Washington Redskins will likely make significant changes to their coaching staff this offseason. Head coach Steve Spurrier, who is set to return in 2004, said he believes the team must make changes before next season. While not specifying his plan, Spurrier has said several times this season that the team would benefit from more fiery and experienced coaches.
Wed, 10 Dec 2003 06:31:35 -0800
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said head coach Steve Spurrier will "absolutely" be the team's coach next season. Spurrier, who has said all along that he plans to return, will be the first coach to make it to his third season under Snyder's ownership.
Tue, 09 Dec 2003 06:45:24 -0800
Mark Zuckerman, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier went out of his way to give praise to DT Bernard Holsey for his performance against the New York Giants on Sunday, Dec. 7. "We're probably going to give him a game ball come Wednesday when the team gets together. Bernard made tackles all over the place and was hustling around, playing his assignments probably as well as anybody on the team."
Fri, 05 Dec 2003 11:00:02 -0800
The Washington Times' Mark Zuckerman reports Washington Redskins QB Patrick Ramsey (foot) didn't practice Friday, Dec. 5, and head coach Steve Spurrier said he won't play in Week 14.
Wed, 19 Nov 2003 06:27:00 -0800
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said some of the team's coaching staff have spoken to the starting linebackers about their propensity to be caught out of position. The Redskins, who have the league's 26th-ranked defense, have been hurt by unauthorized blitzes in several games this season. The coaches, however, have made no immediate plans to bench any of the players.
Tue, 18 Nov 2003 07:27:35 -0800
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier indicated he may want to reclaim all or some of the team's offensive play-calling duties from offensive coordinator Hue Jackson. While Spurrier gave no definitive announcement, he said "we'll talk about that" when asked if he needs to be more involved with the play-calling. Spurrier said Jackson did a good job in Sunday's, Nov. 16, game against the Carolina Panthers, but did not commit to leaving the arrangement intact for a third consecutive game.
Fri, 14 Nov 2003 11:43:26 -0800
The Washington Times' Mark Zuckerman reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said Friday afternoon that a decision has not been made yet whether to start RB Trung Canidate or FB Rock Cartwright at tailback Sunday at Carolina. Either way, both players will get their share of rushing attempts, with Cartwright also playing fullback at times.
Fri, 14 Nov 2003 06:56:21 -0800
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports the Washington Redskins cut their Thursday, Nov. 13, practice short because of high winds. "That was in the top three coldest practice days I've ever been involved with," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "The wind was blowing about 40 miles an hour."
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 14:01:33 -0800
The Washington Times' Mark Zuckerman reports after notching career-highs in attempts (13) and yards (81) against Seattle, Redskins RB Rock Cartwright has made a case to start at tailback next week. Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said he will consider promoting the 5-foot-7, 223-pound fullback to starting tailback over RB Trung Canidate.
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 13:59:31 -0800
The Washington Times' Mark Zuckerman reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said Redskins C Larry Moore (foot) is "probably still doubtful" for next week's game.
Mon, 10 Nov 2003 06:53:55 -0800
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier handed the play-calling duties off to offensive coordinator Hue Jackson in Sunday's, Nov. 9, game against the Seattle Seahawks, and will likely let him continue the job from now on. Spurrier, who has called his team's plays for his entire coaching career, gave the duties to Jackson after receiving advice from Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan. "Mike said, 'I did about all of it for a couple of years and then I gave it to [offensive coordinator Gary] Kubiak and all of a sudden we won a couple of Super Bowls,' " Spurrier said. "What we had been doing lately hadn't been working very well. [I thought], 'Maybe I'm struggling calling plays right now. If I have to bench the playcaller, I can do that.' It felt awkward at first, but we were struggling on offense and I'll try anything to get us over the hump. Hue volunteered to jump in there, and we went with it."
Fri, 07 Nov 2003 13:35:20 -0800
Mark Zuckerman, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins S Rashad Bauman (ankle) is "very doubtful" for Week 10, according to coach Steve Spurrier.
Wed, 05 Nov 2003 08:15:40 -0800
Jody Foldesy, of the Washington Times, reports there is a good chance there will be a players-only meeting sometime this week to address concerns about head coach Steve Spurrier and to shift their concentration on the second half of the season. Several players have acknowledged their frustration with Spurrier and some even said they have begun tuning him out. The Redskins have already held player-only meeting the previous two seasons because of frustrations over the coaching staff. In each instance, the players decided to block out frustrations and just play for each other.
Wed, 05 Nov 2003 08:05:15 -0800
Updating previous reports, Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins DE Bruce Smith will start Sunday's, Nov. 9, game against the Seattle Seahawks. Smith and head coach Steve Spurrier spoke on Tuesday, Nov. 4, about Smith's belief that he had been singled out when he was replaced in the starting lineup by DE Regan Upshaw. "I talked to him briefly," Spurrier said. "I said, 'We're okay.' He thought we were trying to single him out because we hadn't had much pass rush. I told him that after talking to the defensive coaches, he was back starting again based on performance."
Mon, 03 Nov 2003 07:27:10 -0800
Nunyo Demasio, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier, reportedly, decided to fire offensive line coach Kim Helton following a heated argument between the two, but later changed his mind. Helton, apparently, replied that he wanted to resign. ESPN's Chris Mortensen said owner Daniel Snyder "smoothed over" the differences between Spurrier and Helton. However, a source close to Helton said Spurrier had changed his mind again and told Helton that he would be dismissed. Spurrier denies all accounts. "No coach is getting fired," Spurrier said during Sunday's, Nov. 2, postgame news conference. "If I wanted to I would fire [an assistant]. They're all good coaches. They are all good people." Helton, meanwhile, did not directly deny the report, but strongly denied that he had ever quit. "I would die standing before I quit," Helton said.
Fri, 31 Oct 2003 13:29:17 -0800
Updating previous reports, Mark Zuckerman, of the Washington Times reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier has named QB Tim Hasselbeck as the team's No. 2 QB, despite having been signed only last week. Hasselbeck will be the only backup QB active in Week 9.
Thu, 30 Oct 2003 18:48:42 -0800
The Washington Times' Mark Zuckerman reports Washington Redskins RB Trung Canidate (ankle) had very limited participation in practice Thursday, Oct. 30, and head coach Steve Spurrier continues to classify his status as doubtful for Sunday's game.
Fri, 24 Oct 2003 12:38:59 -0700
ESPNews reports the Washington Redskins could bring back QB Danny Wuerffel. "I don't know if it will happen, but it could," said Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier.
Fri, 24 Oct 2003 06:15:41 -0700
The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said he has decided to return to the pass-happy offense that he was so successful with at Florida University. Spurrier said he will stop listening to those that keep telling him you must run more and pass less to succeed in the NFL, and that the team will be throwing passes deep down the field on a regular basis.
Tue, 21 Oct 2003 08:01:38 -0700
Updating previous reports, Jody Foldesy, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier announced the team will no longer use a tight end one-on-one against a defensive end as one of their pass-protection schemes. Spurrier said it was leading to a lot of hits on QB Patrick Ramsey.
Tue, 21 Oct 2003 07:53:05 -0700
Jody Foldesy, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier admitted that he may have spoke too hastily when he said personnel changes were coming. "Maybe that was an on-the-moment thought to get our guys' attention," Spurrier said. "But there's not a lot of changing you can do right now, to tell you the truth. If there is a spot or two we possibly could do that. But this is our team. Somehow or another we've got to get our players excited to play again." The team is, however, expected to make some minor moves this week.
Tue, 21 Oct 2003 07:34:38 -0700
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier (knee) was on crutches after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Monday, Oct. 20. Spurrier, who recently had his sore knee drained, was involved in a sideline collision during Sunday's, Oct. 19, game against the Buffalo Bills.
Tue, 21 Oct 2003 07:20:42 -0700
Updating previous reports, Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier confirmed that part-time scout and former defensive coordinator Foge Fazio will work with the team's defensive coaching staff as a consultant.
Mon, 20 Oct 2003 08:14:00 -0700
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said that he, owner Daniel Snyder, vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato, and his coaching staff will meet and could decide to bench or cut players. "We've got to make some changes," Spurrier said. "We've got to find out who really wants to play and who doesn't, and make some changes if we want to be competitive. We can't just keep going like this. We'll get with the owner and the personnel guys. We're all in this thing together. We've got to find some guys who really want to play. If we can't, we've got to find guys on our team to play better than what we're playing. Obviously we've got to coach better, too. We've got to figure out how to pass-block or do something to get the ball off. We're getting a lot of pressure on the quarterback. Nobody is coming free, but they're coming, it seems like, through us and around us at times." Spurrier said that Sunday's, Oct. 19, game against the Buffalo Bills was the first time this season that he felt his players did not put forth the proper effort.
Fri, 17 Oct 2003 07:37:04 -0700
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier recently denied a report that said he considered resigning before the season but was talked out of it. "You can't help what people say about you with rumors," Spurrier said. "It's certainly not true. That's not true. You have to stop listening to rumors. I remember when I first got to Florida, I was told, 'People are going to start saying things about you and writing things about you that aren't true.' Sure enough, that's what happened."
Wed, 15 Oct 2003 07:11:56 -0700
Nunyo Demasio and Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, report Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said he plans to adjust his pass-protection scheme in attempt to limit the hits on QB Patrick Ramsey. Ramsey has been sacked a league-high 21 times this season and taken a hit countless other times. Spurrier said he may leave and extra tight end in or have a running back stay back and block. Whatever the case, Spurrier said that they "have to do something."
Mon, 06 Oct 2003 06:59:59 -0700
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said he is considering putting backup OG Lennie Friedman into the lineup as a result of the offensive line's continued tendency to jump offsides. Spurrier noted that the offensive linemen continue to have trouble hearing QB Patrick Ramsey's audibles. The Redskins had seven false start penalties during Sunday's, Oct. 5, game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fri, 26 Sep 2003 07:41:32 -0700
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier said he is content with the tandem of RB Trung Canidate and RB Ladell Betts, and does not plan on choosing one as the team's featured back. "We don't consider it a problem," Spurrier said. "They're both doing well."
Tue, 23 Sep 2003 16:00:34 -0700
Gary Fitzgerald, of Redskins.com, reports Washington Redskins head coach Steve Spurrier backed off fining players for incurring penalty flags, but maintained that the team needed to be more accountable for infractions during games. The Redskins committed 17 penalties for 142 yards during the Sunday, Sept. 21, game against the New York Giants. "Hopefully after Sunday's game, players will realize they need to be more accountable to their teammates, the coaches and the fans," Spurrier said during a press conference Monday, Sept. 22. "It's very selfish, I think, when players do those kinds of things." Instead of fines, Spurrier suggested that if the infractions continued, he would consider benching players.
Tue, 16 Sep 2003 11:04:34 -0700
Jim Ducibella, of the Virginian Pilot, reports Washington Redskins LB Kevin Mitchell (ankle) suffered a sprained ankle in Sunday's, Sept. 14, game against the Atlanta Falcons. However, head coach Steve Spurrier said he should be able to play this week against the New York Giants.
Tue, 16 Sep 2003 11:02:53 -0700
Jim Ducibella, of the Virginian Pilot, reports Washington Redskins FB Bryan Johnson (thumb) suffered a sprained thumb in Sunday's, Sept. 14, game against the Atlanta Falcons. However, head coach Steve Spurrier said Johnson should be able to play this week against the New York Giants.
Thu, 04 Sep 2003 11:16:36 -0700
Mark Maske, of the Washington Post, reports Washington Redskins RB Chad Morton will see occasional playing time. He is slated to serve as a pass catching tailback. "Chad will play a little bit, probably not a whole bunch," Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said.
Sat, 26 Apr 2003 18:25:28 -0700
Updating previous reports, the APís Joseph White reports owner Dan Snyder of the Washington Redskins made the final call to go ahead and draft WR Taylor Jacobs out of the University of Florida. Head coach Steve Spurrier had expressed some hesitation in the draft-room following some poor performances last year by some of his former college players. ''Certainly that's why ultimately Dan Snyder made the final call,'' said Spurrier. ''I wasn't going to make it.''
Fri, 28 Mar 2003 14:26:56 -0800
Updating an earlier story, Len Pasquarelli, of ESPN.com, reports Washington Redskinsí owner Daniel Snyder has lost interest in signing free agent TE Ernie Conwell (Rams). He feels in head coach Steve Spurrierís offense a tight end is not a priority.
Fri, 28 Mar 2003 11:30:53 -0800
Buccaneers.com reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers backup QB Shane Matthews said spending the 2002 season with the Washington Redskins taught him a lot, as well as coach Steve Spurrier. "(Spurrier) learned a lot. I think a lot of his coaches learned the NFL game is totally different then the college game. Hindsight I could say I shouldn't have gone there but it's over with and done. I learned a lot and it's time to move on."
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 11:38:49 -0800
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier acknowledges CB Champ Bailey may not be on the team in 2004. Bailey is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Spurrier indicated the club could put the franchise tag on Bailey, but said, "If somebody offers Champ a big deal [next winter] and we can't match it, we'll shake his hand and say good luck."
Thu, 27 Mar 2003 11:38:15 -0800
David Elfin, of the Washington Times, reports Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier is pleased with the off-season conditioning work of DT Dan Wilkinson, who has lost 25 to 30 pounds.
Thu, 20 Mar 2003 17:41:01 -0800
Updating previous reports, the AP reports Washington Redskins DE Bruce Smith may still return to play in 2003. He had indicated in January he was leaning toward quitting. After meeting with coach Steve Spurrier and owner Dan Snyder, Smith is leaning the other way. "Dan and I had a good discussion, so I'm pretty optimistic," Smith said. "There's still some issues to work out." The coach said Smith is concerned about losing his starting job to DE Regan Upshaw. Smith said he'll decide soon whether to keep playing.
Wed, 19 Mar 2003 19:10:21 -0800
Updating previous reports, the Washington Redskins are about to sign free agent WR Raghib Ismail (Cowboys) to serve as their third wide receiver. The deal likely will be completed within a few days. "It looks like we're going to get Rocket, too," coach Steve Spurrier said. "Now we'll really have some speed."
Thu, 06 Mar 2003 20:22:13 -0800
The AP reports University of Miami QB Ken Dorsey rebounded from a bad NFL Combine performance with a good performance at this Pro Day workout on Thursday. He threw sideline passes and deep balls. He threw with the wind and against it and he threw from the pocket and on the run. "Ken threw the ball a lot better here than he did at the combine," Washington Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said. "He can make it. He can make all the throws. He's a big, tall guy, a wonderful leader, and he's used to winning. That's important." Although Dorsey won't be a first-round pick, he had everyone's attention Thursday.
Mon, 03 Mar 2003 14:59:32 -0800
During a Monday press conference, the Washington Redskins introduced RB Trung Canidate as one of their newest members. "We're excited to have Trung Canidate," head coach Steve Spurrier said. Spurrier noted that Canidate brings a lot of speed to the field and the ability to go the distance whenever he touches the ball.
Sat, 01 Mar 2003 18:35:29 -0800
The AP reports the Washington Redskins are done yet signing free agents. "We have some more coming in -- in a few days," coach Steve Spurrier said. "So don't go anywhere."