Gibbs Opinions: A Round-up
Updating all day, from the top....
Deuce of Davenport: We love the legend of Joe Gibbs, but as with most legends, the stories are better than the actual truth. The truth is, in Gibbs's reincarnation as a head coach, he was largely unsuccessful. He was still a good motivator, he's made as many good personnel moves as he made atrocious ones, but he never figured out time management or the NFL's replay system. and for a guy who was once considered one of those NFL offensive "geniuses," his system turned out to be dated and predictable.
ESPN's John Clayton is reporting that: Williams appears to be the leading candidate for the head coaching job. Players like him, and he's grown under the direction of Gibbs. Snyder, who likes big names, may inquire about former Steelers coach Bill Cowher, but Cowher isn't planning on returning until 2009. Gibbs' four-year stint didn't include a Super Bowl, but he re-established the Redskins as a playoff contender. He committed all of his time to the Redskins. But his priorities have now shifted from his Redskins family to the Gibbs family.
Hogs Haven: Whether or not his second tenure was a success is a debate, but I put forward that it was. Two playoff berths, plus building a core of young players like Landry, Taylor, Cooley, Portis, Campbell, Rogers, etc was a huge plus. He brought respect to a franchise that hadn't had a playoff berth since Norv Turner in 1999. Despite the valleys, who did we want to coach the Redskins this year?
Fox Sports's John Czarnecki: Joe Gibbs did the right thing walking away. And although this Hall of Fame coach didn't lead the Redskins deep into the playoffs in any of his four seasons, he proved his value as a leader by how his players responded down the stretch following the Dec. 3 funeral of Sean Taylor, probably the team's best player.
Peter King: I believe Gibbs, in all likelihood, prayed about what to do, and there's a good chance the answer to his prayer was that God was telling him it was time to be with his family. We don't write things like this very often in this business. But devout people say and feel devout things and are driven by their relationship with their God. I think Gibbs is one of those people. And I think it had something to do with his decision to retire.
David Steele: This is the first time the Ravens and Redskins have had to hire head coaches at the same time. Both are extremely high-profile franchises and very attractive jobs for any candidate - in fact, out of the four openings, these are the two juiciest....Which is the better gig, though? And how do you judge it?
Hugging Harold Reynolds: HHR heard that immediately after resigning, Gibbs attempted to resign again.
Jerry's Wheelhouse: I'm comfortable characterizing Gibbs second reign as a success, if only because he moved this team from under the "laughing stock" heading for a few years. Yep, 5-11 and 6-10 were no picnic, and at times it felt like we were watching Ted Stevens try to use the internets...but for the first time since the 80 and early 90's, there were legitimately big wins and legitimate reasons for hope and optimism going into seasons. [Link also has odds on the next coach.]
The Big Lead: Who's getting the job? Would Bill Cowher take over a playoff team? Les Miles? Nick Saban?
FanHouse: The early odds have to favor [Gregg] Williams, but I also wouldn't be shocked if Cowher ended up in D.C. in the next few months with a $10-million-a-year salary and a large stake in personnel matters.
Matt Mosley's Hashmarks: [The] first order of business is to say goodbye to a true legend. Gibbs' return to the Redskins didn't go smoothly, but it ended with a flourish. He deserved to go out on his own terms. The man who used to sleep on a cot in his office is walking away again. And this time I think it's for good.
More FanHouse: Gibbs had a disappointing second stint as the Redskins' coach, but that does nothing to take away from the Hall of Fame coaching career Gibbs has had. He's still one of the all-time greats.
Deadspin: All told, and we mean no offense to the legend here, but we think we preferred the older, fatter Joe Gibbs to the one we see today. The new Gibbs wasn't the savior many hoped he would be, but he did at least clean the place up a little after the Steve Spurrier debacle. We don't think he added much to his legacy, but he didn't set it on fire either.
Gheorghe the Blog: It didn't play out how we'd hoped, but I think I speak for all of us when I say . . . you were always better than Norv, Coach.
The AP: Gibbs' last four years were down-and-up, down-and-up. He had his two worst seasons as a coach -- 6-10 in 2004 and 5-11 in 2006 -- but he also led the Redskins to the playoffs with late runs in 2005 and 2007. His final career totals: 171-101, including 17-7 in the playoffs, a career .629 winning percentage that ranks third all-time behind George Halas and Don Shula among coaches with more than 125 wins.
Kissing Suzy Kolber: We thank him for his leadership in the wake of Sean Taylor's murder, but mostly, we thank him for leaving. We'll always love our coach Gibbs but clearly the time had come. From the handcuffed offense, to the blown leads, and befuddled timeouts/challenges, it was clear that his time had come and gone.
The Curly R: He's 67 and you can't keep this up for ever. He's had health issues and his grandson Taylor is battling leukemia. No one can think ill of Joe Gibbs for deciding that pulling this team together after the 5-6 start and the death of Sean Taylor should be his final moment.
Hail Redskins: Gibbs, in perhaps his finest coaching of his glorious career, led the Redskins to 4 straight wins and a wild card berth after sitting at 5-7 a day after the Redskins laid Sean Taylor to rest. With the enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring 4-0 finish, most in Redskins Nation felt Joe Gibbs was revitalized and ready for a 2008 return. The resignation comes as a shocker to most.
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