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Joe Gibbs vs. the NFC East

(John McDonnell - TWP)

After my item yesterday that noted Joe Gibbs's Redskins were the only NFC East team below .500 since his return, hundreds of readers a few readers one reader said I should also look at his inter-divisional record. Done. It's not pretty. Here are the NFC East inter-divisional records since Gibbs's return:

NYG 13-9
PHI 12-10
DAL 11-11
WAS 8-14

And I even did that reader one better; I looked at every team's inter-divisional record over the past three-plus years. Here's who has a worse divisional record than Gibbs's Redskins in that span: the Dolphins, Browns, Texans, Raiders and Lions. Illustrious company, indeed.

And then, because I really had nothing better to do, I compiled the regular season records of every NFL team since Gibbs's return. That's 60 games, which seems a pretty fair sample size. Those are after the jump.

The Powers
Patriots 48-12
Colts 48-12

The Near-Powers
Steelers 43-17
Chargers 42-18

The Contenders
Seahawks 39-21
Jaguars 37-23
Broncos 37-23
Cowboys 35-25
Eagles 34-26
Bears 34-26

The Good Mediocres
Giants 33-27
Ravens 32-28
Packers 32-28
Bengals 31-29
Panthers 31-29

The Mediocre Mediocres
Chiefs 30-30

The Bad Mediocres
Falcons 29-31
Vikings 29-31
Buccaneers 28-32
Bills 27-33
Jets 27-33

The Flailers
Redskins 26-34
Saints 26-34
Rams 25-35
Titans 24-36

The Dregs
Cardinals 22-38
Browns 21-39
Lions 20-40
Texans 20-40
Dolphins 19-41

The Bay Area
Niners 16-44
Raiders 15-45

I know NFL teams change coaches the way Gilbert Arenas changes nicknames, but it's worth pointing out that I've put the Redskins in a group that includes the 11 worst teams in the NFL since 2004, roughly one-third of the league. Of those 11 teams, nine have made coaching changes since 2004, attempting to leave the bottom third behind. In other words, of the NFL head coaches who have been in place as long as Gibbs, only one has an inferior record.

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 4, 2007; 10:52 AM ET
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I think the Redskins deserve their own separate category, like "craptastic" "severely cursed" or even "woefully incompetent management and ownership." You could probably throw Oakland in that last one too.

Posted by: Ian | December 4, 2007 11:09 AM | Report abuse

The only stat that matters:

Games where the Redskins fought their guts out vrs. any other type of effort: 60-0

Posted by: Joe Gibbs | December 4, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

We all respect and love what Joe Gibbs did for the Redskins, once upon a time. But it's clear now that he simply must go. He ruined his 1st and 3rd seasons here by sticking with Mark Brunell. He ruined his 4th season with a series of horrible decisions and lousy clock management. He simply wasn't ready, and never raised his game. Good luck, Mr. Gibbs, and good bye.

Posted by: Kid TJ | December 4, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Be patient, once Gibbs knows ALL the rules the skins will be unbeatable.

Posted by: onside kick | December 4, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Vince Lombardi's available, and I guarantee he won't call a second timeout to 'ice' a kicker.

Posted by: Kim | December 4, 2007 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I'm very interested to see how this plays out, because if his name wasn't Joe Gibbs, and the team was judging solely on performance after 4 years (a very reasonable sample size in pro football), he'd be fired after the season. However, because of his history with the franchise, millions of dollars invested and the relationship with the owner, who really knows how this will shake out. Unfortunately for the fans, it does not seem like any of the organizational problems will be resolved any time soon.

Posted by: tmc | December 4, 2007 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Ideally, this is how it shakes out:

The Redskins win 4 straight, sneak into the playoffs at 9-7, win a shocker on the road against Seattle in round 1, shock the Cowboys on the road in round 2, then lose a heartbreaker at Green Bay in round 3.

Off season, we re-sign Springs, get Carlos healthy, and sign the best free safety available on the market. We let go of Don Breaux and sign a GM, allowing Gibbs more time to focus on just football.

Next year, we go 11-5, win the NFC East...and Joe Gibbs rides off into the sunset leaving this team in much better shape than it was 5 years earlier.

It could happen...

Posted by: Barno | December 4, 2007 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Equally as likely: Don Breaux leaves the team to pose for Calvin Klein underwear billboards full time and Coach "Joe" Gibbs leaves his lovely wife Pat for Amy Winehouse.

Posted by: Geoff | December 4, 2007 1:40 PM | Report abuse

We have a plan and we are sticking to it.

Posted by: Vinny Cerato | December 4, 2007 1:51 PM | Report abuse

This looks like a job for Richie Petitbon.

Posted by: | December 4, 2007 4:16 PM | Report abuse

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