Alabama's Nick Saban and South Carolina's Steve Spurrier are the gold standard when it comes to head coaches in the SEC. Between them, they've won 10 SEC championships, four national championships and have had a profound impact on the way the game is played in this league. They're also the only two current head coaches in the SEC who have made previous head-coaching stops in the NFL, and neither had much success.........................But several games into his first season with the Redskins, Spurrier was playing rookie quarterback Patrick Ramsey even though he didn't want to. Owner Daniel Snyder had pushed to draft Ramsey in the first round. Spurrier has since said that he "knew it was over" at the start of his second season when he wasn't allowed to pick who was going to be his backup quarterback..................."Because Spurrier was so hands-off on defense, it got to the point where guys on defense were doing whatever the heck they wanted to do," Hasselbeck said. "You had LaVar Arrington freelancing and Jeremiah Trotter doing his own thing. I think they even tried to bench Bruce Smith at one point because he wasn't the same player, but [Smith] went above Spurrier and started the following week.
ESPN.com seems to be doing a lot of articles this week on American Football coaching. A lot of it seems to focus on the new idea of college coaches coming into the pros (Greg Schiano, Chip Kelly, etc.) and how the college gameplans have been trickling into the pros (RGII,Kaepernick, etc.) and I found this article interesting. I actually never knew Spurrier had such a hard time with the brass above him who I thought loved him.
Don,t get me wrong I was raised as a Spurrier hater due to my Dad's rabid FSU obsession and I was very upset when he became the Redskins coach. But was he set up for failure? Yes I know he had some, dare I say, lazy coaching habits it seemed but damn if those two rosters were not our worst two of the last 15 years...