Frerotte: Norv Turner didn't 'have the cojones' to coach the Redskins

Josh Luckenbaugh
December 18, 2018 - 8:56 am

Gus Frerotte believes Norv Turner didn't "have the cojones to manage" the Redskins during his seven years as head coach, the former Washington quarterback told The Sports Junkies Tuesday.

"I thought he was a good playcaller, and I don't think he was a good players' coach," Frerotte said. "He is a nice guy, but he doesn't have the cojones to manage the team and treat everybody as equal."

"Guys that were louder than the other guys, he kowtowed to them. To run the team, it all starts in the locker room."

Frerotte played under Turner for five seasons with the Redskins from 1994-98, Washington failing to make the playoffs in each of those seasons. During Turner's full tenure, he compiled a 49-59-1 record, including just one playoff appearance in 1999.

Frerotte recalled an example of Turner's lack of leadership during one practice when one of the offensive guards wouldn't stop talking in the huddle. 

"I was just trying to get him to listen to me so we could call the play, so I said, 'Dude, just get out of the huddle. Give me somebody else,'" said Frerotte. "And Norv goes, 'No, no, no. Leave him in there. We need him for this play.' Because we're running a pull or something."

"And I'm like, 'Really? You're gonna just cut me down right here in front of all of the guys like that?' And that's kinda how it was for me."

Frerotte also discussed the quarterback competition between him and Heath Shuler in Washington. Shuler was the Redskins' first-round draft pick in 1994, while Frerotte was taken in the seventh-round. 

However, Shuler never lived up to the lofty expectations set on him, and Frerotte won the starting job in 1995. 

"Heath was a great guy. We (got along), as much as we could, just because we're competing for the same spot," Frerotte told the Junkies. "It was a healthy competition."

"He could run way better, he was like a deer. I was like a rhinoceros out there," Frerotte joked. "I was more of a pocket guy, he was more of a scrambler. He was kind of the start to how things are now with a lot of the (mobile) quarterbacks."

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