Spurrier move could impact coaching dominoes

Originally Published: December 27, 2003
ESPN.com news services

Steve Spurrier apparently is contemplating his resignation from the Washington Redskins after talking it over with his wife, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Saturday.

Team sources told Mortensen that Spurrier has discussed the Redskins situation with his wife, Jerri, and that both agreed that they are unhappy and don't feel they should have to continue to live that way.

Earlier in the week, Spurrier told the Washington Post that he was planning to return to the Redskins, but did not say it was a sure thing. "You just never say never," Spurrier told the Post. "I don't deal in absolutes because if you say something and things change, you just never know."

Spurrier told the Post before and after Saturday's loss to the Eagles that nothing had changed about his not-definite plans to remain with the Redskins, and said that he was prepared to make changes to his coaching staff.

"My comments are the same," Spurrier told the newspaper after the 31-7 loss. "Any changes, we'll announce in the coming days, the coming weeks, whatever ... My statement six weeks ago, a month ago -- keep using that one."

Earlier in the season, owner Daniel Snyder said that Spurrier "absolutely" would be back.

Snyder hired Spurrier before the 2002 season, but the former University of Florida coach has not been able to turn around the Redskins yet. He is 10-20 in two seasons, including a 5-11 mark this season.

Rumors continue to fly about Spurrier possibly returning to the college ranks. There is even speculation of Spurrier replacing Dave Wannstedt with the Miami Dolphins. Wannstedt's fate in Miami will be announced Monday or Tuesday.

Some members of the Redskins organization told the Post that they think it's likely that Spurrier will return to the team next season but they don't know for sure. Spurrier is leaving for a two-week vacation at home in Florida on Sunday, so a meeting with Snyder to discuss his future does not appear imminent.