One day last week, Steve Spurrier left his office in suburban Washington at 3 p.m., played nine holes of golf, was back at work by 5 and home by 7.
"Sometimes," the new Redskins coach said of his many counterparts who work 16-hour days 10 months a year, "you can stay in your office too long."
It was time for the Spurrier show Wednesday morning at the NFC coaches' breakfast. He was, he acknowledged, a little sleepy, so he left the feisty Spurrier behind, even resisting opportunities to take shots at his old antagonist, Florida State's Bobby Bowden.
"I'm getting along with all of these guys," he said of the other NFL coaches. "All of them have to be at the top of their profession to get these jobs. Maybe there'll be a little rancor the week we play them, but other than that we're all friends."
Most of the questions were the same as those he's heard since he signed his five-year, $25-million deal in January:
Defense? He'll leave that to defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis: "That'll be just like Florida," Spurrier said. "That's Marvin's team. All I do with defensive players is pat 'em on the back when they make a good play."
Does he think he can get more out of former Florida players such as quarterback Danny Wuerffel and wide receivers Reidel Anthony and Jacquez Green, who have had undistinguished NFL careers elsewhere? "Hey, we got 'em cheap," Spurrier said.
What does he plan to do at quarterback? "All I know is that we have a minicamp next week and we'll have three quarterbacks there: Danny Wuerffel, Dameyune Craig and uh uh Sage? Rosenfels."
BRONCOS: Defensive tackle Lional Dalton agreed to a seven-year, $22-million contract after spending the past four seasons with Baltimore.
BROWNS: Tackle Mark Smith agreed to a two-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.
LIONS: Running back Lamont Warren re-signed. Contract terms were not disclosed.
MANLEY TRIAL: A jury found former defensive lineman Dexter Manley, who played for the Redskins and Bucs among others, guilty of evidence tampering for attempting to swallow less than a gram of cocaine in a drug bust at a Houston motel. He remains free on $20,000 bail pending his sentencing April 5.
PANTHERS: Former Miami running back Lamar Smith agreed to a three-year, $4.3-million contract.
VIKINGS: Tight end Byron Chamberlain agreed to a five-year contract worth more than $1.5-million annually that includes a signing bonus of about $2-million.