The Gibbs Gaffe
Monday Morning Quarterbacking:
Repeat after me: It's only a game.
Yes, a horrible game, in the case of what happened yesterday at FedEx Field. That was an ending scripted by Stephen King, with Satan whispering in his ear. An emotional day that by rights should have ended with a Redskins victory instead become a hideous loss. The Hall of Fame coach made a rookie mistake by calling consecutive time-outs. Maybe the kicker would have made the winning field goal anyway, without the 15-yard gift. No matter. Read the comments after the game on the Redskins Insider blog. Ouch.
So people are now saying Gibbs should be fired. Or forcibly retired. Since his return, his record is... hold on...adding it up...carrying the 2...
26 wins, 34 losses. Also known in the professional football trade as "Norv Turner Numbers."
But I think Mike Wise asked the right question in his column today: "If there were ever a game to give Gibbs a pass and just let this loss be, shouldn't this be the day?"
And Wise noted something else about the way the game ended:
"The seam in the Redskins' defensive backfield where the pass was caught that set up the winning field goal was the exact place on the field that Taylor's footsteps could cause a receiver to flinch."
Yeah, I'd put this loss on the thugs who took Taylor's life, not on Gibbs. He made a mistake, but it wasn't a crime. The "fans" who are demanding that he be fired have lost perspective. It's a football game, not life and death.
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