Tampa Bay Bandits Coach Steve Spurrier, a former pro quarterback, refuses to throw up a smoke screen of adjectives about the ability of new starting quarterback Jimmy Jordan.

"He's still a long way from what we're looking for in a quarterback," said Spurrier, whose starter, John Reaves, will be out nine weeks after breaking his wrist in Monday night's loss to Los Angeles. That leaves Jordan, a seldom-used rookie from Florida State, as the Bandits' quarterback for Sunday's game against Washington at RFK Stadium at 1:30 p.m.

"Jimmy's got to set up quicker and his feet are still too slow."

"I'm sure Washington will jump all over the place on defense to try to confuse him, too. It may be a long game for us. Course, in this league, seems like the games keep getting longer every week," Spurrier said.

Although Tampa Bay (5-2) leads the Central Division, the Bandits have had 12 turnovers in their last three games, including four interceptions and two fumbles in the loss to Los Angeles.

Jordan was eight of 10 passes for 97 yards and one touchdown in relief of Reaves against the Express.

Jordan's frequent target will be wide receiver Danny Buggs, a former Redskin, who is fourth in the league with 33 catches and two touchdowns.