Connor Shaw rebuffs Ball Coach reunion

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Former South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier previously raved about the pro prospects of former South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw during the Brian Hoyer/Johnny Manziel preseason in Cleveland. And Spurrier, now the head coach of the Orlando franchise of the Alliance of American Football, has shown that he wasn’t just puffing.

Spurrier wants Shaw to join him in Orlando, as the team’s quarterback. But Shaw, who retired after the 2017 preseason, has decided against a return to playing football.

“He asked if I was interested, but my body is thanking me I am on the sidelines, coaching instead of playing,” Shaw said Saturday, via TheState.com. “I wish him nothing but the best. Everyone is excited for him to be back on the sidelines, so it will be fun.”

Shaw, 26, had one regular-season appearance (and start) during his time in the NFL, a 20-10 loss by the Browns to the Ravens during which Shaw completed 14 of 28 passes for 177 yards and an interception and a lost fumble.

Spurrier also has tried to get former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow to join Spurrier in Orlando, but Tebow has declined, for now. Maybe Spurrier eventually will give Danny Wuerffel a call.

10 responses to “Connor Shaw rebuffs Ball Coach reunion

  1. That was his downfall in the NFL when he tried to get all his former UF players to come to Washington. That was a total disaster. He should be glad these guys Shaw turned him down.

  2. Getting college players to play in the NfL is quite a bit different than getting fringe FFL players to play for peanuts in the minor leagues.

    If my college coach (who became the scouting director of a MLB team) drafted only the players from his/our school, he’d be lucky to get his college job back…

  3. Manziel might have made a mistake. He won’t play in Canada and might not get a flyer in the NFL.

    He’s more likely to force a trade or be stuck in Canada until he is 30 or forever. But then he is getting paid like a college grad with an engineering degree, proving he is a team player and showing up for work, so all is not lost.

  4. backintheday99 Manziel didn’t make a mistake joining the CFL. He got there late enough that he never had a chance to unseat Masoli who has been in the system and been successful already. Right now he needs to be doing exactly what he is doing. Sitting and learning from a very good coach in a structured environment. He might never be the starter, but the absolute LAST thing he can do is force a trade or his release. If he does that, he will never get another shot in the NFL.

  5. Kye Baxter says:
    July 1, 2018 at 10:55 am
    backintheday99 Manziel didn’t make a mistake joining the CFL. He got there late enough that he never had a chance to unseat Masoli who has been in the system and been successful already. Right now he needs to be doing exactly what he is doing. Sitting and learning from a very good coach in a structured environment. He might never be the starter, but the absolute LAST thing he can do is force a trade or his release. If he does that, he will never get another shot in the NFL.

    I said ‘might’. And how is forcing a trade going to change how the NFL views him? If you’re stuck in AAA on the bench for the Yankees, wouldn’t you prefer to be starting for the Marlins? I’ll take a player who I’ve seen play over a guy who does not play. The circumstances weigh in, but the Alouettes are not stupid. They can get value. Plus, Masoli was born for the CFL. His game and size translates there, not in the NFL. Manziel? We will never know

  6. “He asked if I was interested, but my body is thanking me I am on the sidelines, coaching instead of playing,” Shaw said …
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    broken body and done at 26? incredible.

  7. His quote was hilarious. The guy is 26, was a third stringer (so didn’t even dress most games) who went undrafted who had one game in his NFL career and he’s talking about his body? Was carrying the pads and being on the scout team too hard on him?

    I guess we know why he wasn’t drafted.

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