Ross Tucker: Spurrier was the worst coach

Ben Krimmel
January 11, 2019 - 10:54 am

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With the Redskins, head coach Steve Spurrier was not very good. There were some worse than him, that's one positive way to look at it. But he wasn't very good.

For former offensive lineman Ross Tucker, no coach was worse than Spurrier during his NFL career.

"I had nine head coaches in my time in the NFL," Tucker told The Sports Junkies Friday, "and he was, by far, the worst in every way."

"I'm amazed by the success he (had) in college. Whether it was Florida or Duke, and then even South Carolina. He must be a really good recruiter. It must be like the charm, the southern charm thing with the moms," Tucker said. "It must be the recruiting part of it."

Spurrier signed a five-year, $25 million deal to become Washington's head coach before the 2002 season, Tucker's second with the Redskins. 

"You would've thought he wanted to prove that he's the best coach around, that he could do it," Tucker said. "He had nothing to do with the defense at all. He would literally stand behind the players and coaches while the defense was out there. And he knew nothing about pass protection, which was stunning."

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Tucker recalls watching film as an offense and Spurrier's less than innovative solution to fix issues with his route combinations.

"He'd say, 'Yeah, Danny, you gotta just probably just throw the check down, here, they had this one covered up pretty good.' Next one, 'This is one Danny, probably, you just gotta throw the check down again, here, they had this one covered up pretty good," Tucker said.

 "I remember in training camp...his first year, my second year, thinking, even though we were winning I was like, we've got problems," Tucker said. "We've got major problems. I don't even know how we went 7-9 that year."

Well, the magic of a 7-9 win season ran out the next year: Spurrier and the Skins went 5-11, "Not very good! But there was some worse (than) us. I guess that’s one positive way to look at it, we weren’t the worst team in the league." 

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