SNIDER: Redskins fans should ignore Spurrier

Rick Snider
February 12, 2019 - 11:12 am
Redskins fans should ignore Steve Spurrier

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So the ole Ballcoach decided to throw some shade back at the one place he failed – the Redskins. Just couldn't resist after winning his first game as an AAF coach.

An AAF coach? As in some minor-league upstart filled with NFL disappointments like . . . Spurrier?

"Even won with the Redskins," Spurrier said of winning his debut in the AAF and NFL. "That’s not easy to do."

And it wasn't easy to replicate afterward in Washington. Spurrier was only 12-20 in 2002-03 before quitting two years into a five-year deal. He even called owner Dan Snyder from a golf course rather than doing it face to face. Now Spurrier wants to joke about the Redskins?

I can tell you what's a joke. It's a coach who couldn't remember defensive players' names. Who worked on trick ball plays with quarterbacks or practiced his golf swing while special teams were on the field. Someone who knew nothing about who his team was drafting, once leaving the press room when Washington was on the clock to see who the Redskins were taking, then later reviewing the draft only in terms of heights and weights.

Oh, the stories about Spurrier are legendary around Redskins Park. They always end with a laugh. And now he's laughing back? Just ridiculous.

I've covered eight Redskins coaches and Spurrier ranks dead last. The list always starts with Joe Gibbs. Three Super Bowl victories does that, though his leadership after Sean Taylor's 2007 death was the most impressive thing I've seen by a coach. Marty Schottenheimer is next. Owner Dan Snyder's biggest mistake ever was not keeping Schottenheimer after one year, but the former was drunk with power and didn't like sharing it with an alpha coach.

Norv Turner might get the slight edge over Jay Gruden for third. They're pretty much the same people. Mike Shanahan is next, mostly for mishandling players to hurt the team's chances. Jim Zorn, who neither deserved the job nor the scorn afterwards in finishing 12-20 like Spurrier, is next. At least Zorn gave it everything. Spurrier is then last, with interim coach Terry Robiskie's 1-2 tenure getting a pass.

Sometimes, those who failed should just stay silent.

Rick Snider has covered Washington sports since 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @Snide_Remarks