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The Greatest Joe Gibbs Answer Ever


The Miracle Man. (Preston Keres - TWP)

It's nothing flashy, just a pithy rendition of the Joe Gibbs standards. It concerns Todd Collins, and it comes from Redskins Radio today. Larry Michael started the line of inquiry by labeling Collins's performance on Thursday night "miraculous," which was clearly a strange bit of understatement. After some Gibbs exposition on this matter, there was a follow-up question, and a follow-up answer, one which checked off virtually every box in the Gibbs repetoire in one fell swoop. To wit:

"Hee hee heh heh."

The laugh.

"So [Collins] was standing in the hallway after the game talking to his wife, you know, who's pregnant. She could have her baby any day."

The touching anecdote.

"And I grabbed the phone and I said, 'He saved our hide.' "

The 1950s profanity stand-in.

"You know what I mean, I was yelling at her over the phone. I said, 'What a great performance,' and she said, 'I only got to see parts of it,' and I said, 'Well you need to get the full tape of that one, I can tell you this, because he was outstanding.' "

The enthusiastic praise.

It was just one of those hero deals, where you wouldn't expect that to happen. I'm sure the Bears, when they saw him come in, they probably said, 'Hey, you know, we've got this one.' "

The blatant falsehood.

"You hated it that their quarterback goes down, too."

The uncommon kindness.

"It was one of those rare games. It was extremely hard-fought, very physical."

And the grand finale, out of nowhere, just to placate the hard-fought fans, like me.

I hesitate even to discuss Sean Taylor and the media any further, especially in this context, but Gibbs was also asked about the coverage, which was clearly a hot topic at Redskins Park for the past few weeks. Here's what he said:

I think that was a shame, myself....Certainly in that situation I would have thought that the best thing to do there would have been wait. You know, everybody, just wait, and see exactly what the circumstances were. And for somebody to jump out there--and I didn't read it, but I know what some of the people here said had been said--you would hope that those people, to be truthful, would come back and apologize.

You know, I think that's part of what we need to do when we make a mistake. And certainly some of those people, it seems as though, made a mistake. I don't know if we need to wait longer to find out exactly if there's anything else gonna come up, but it sure seems right now that Sean was doing everything he should do: he was trying to defend his family, and was in his house and it looked like just it was a break-in. And so, if that's the case, then I think some people owe an apology.

Pretty straightforward. Or, some people could just say "we are always opinionated and always aggressive and we think, on Sean Taylor, absolutely reasonable, though clearly at this point to some degree, wrong."

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 10, 2007; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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