Gibbs on Skins: "Greatest Sports Franchise in the World"
So hot on the heels of CBS Radio landing the Redskins cheerleaders at the 106.7 The Fan launch party last week and scoring the Westwood One NFL package, The Mike Wise Show debuted today with Joe Gibbs as its first guest. Another shot at the Snyder-owned rival sports talker, in preparation for a year of snarky sniping at the 500-pound dude dressed up in Native American garb?
Well, maybe so, but when Gibbs uses the football questions to praise Daniel Snyder, Vinny Cerrato, Redskins fans, Burgundy wine and the gold standard, it doesn't really come across that way. Quite the reverse, actually. So for today, your options could be, Listen to Snyder employees on 980 bash the bloody heck out of the people who pay their bills, or listen to Gibbs on 106.7 talk about how "I think [the Redskins are] the greatest sports franchise in the world."
This is all very confusing to me. I guess that's what happens when you have two sports talk stations in town. I'm preparing for a life of confusion, or at least six months or so, before one of them goes all-boy band.
Here's most of the quote in question, concerning Gibbs's decision to come out of retirement, which started with him noting how the franchise had been in some disrepair for about a decade.
"I kind of wanted to be a part of trying to redirect things and get the Redskins back to winning again," he said. "I think it's the greatest sports franchise in the world. It was a thrill for me to be a part of it....Do you take a chance when you do that? Absolutely, but then I would have missed all of those great things and those experiences over that four-year period with all the relationships that I developed with the players, the coaching staff, the front office, Dan and the fans. And I felt like it's something I wanted to do.
"I wanted, too, for myself, to see could I be successful coaching in modern day football. I'd been away from it for 11 years. Certainly you never want to be afraid of taking a chance, and I felt like hey, that was something I wanted to do....The grandkids loved it. And Jackson got mad at me, our oldest grandkid, when I stepped down. 'What are you doing coach?' I said, 'Jackson, I want to come down and be with you and coach you on 8-man football,' and he said, 'We don't need you here, we need you up there.' "
On Vinny Cerrato: "He was a very, very valuable person in that organization, and he was for me. We worked together on acquiring talent, and I think Vinny had one of the best programs in place."
On Jim Zorn: "People want immediate victories. They want to win right now, and sometimes that's not realistic, as we know. Coach Zorn won eight games the first year, that's what I did, and I think sometimes it takes a while to kind of build the right program that you want and get things going in the right direction. I think that's been a huge change in modern-day sports; everyone wants to win right now....I think he'll be so much more settled this year coming. I was."
On being the biggest Redskin fan in the world: "I'm the biggest Redskin fan in the world."
On Jason Campbell's offseason: "The quarterbacks that we've been fortunate enough to be with the years that I coached, they went through some tough times, believe me, all of them did....Theismann, at one point we benched Joe....Mark Rypien got benched mainly for turning the ball over....Doug Williams came in really as a backup, he'd been through a lot of things in Tampa, went to the USFL, got bounced around, got criticized for a lot of things....
"So my point with quarterbacks, and what I kind of tell them is this, I said, 'Look, if you can't handle pressure situations, if you can't handle all the attention you're gonna get...Particularly playing in Washington, D.C, it's a huge deal, you're gonna be put through a lot, and if you're the kind of guy that's got a temperament that those kind of things are gonna bother you, then chances are you're not the kind of quarterback that's gonna take a big-time NFL team down the field late in the game in a hailstorm to win.' It's just not gonna happen.
"At times you're gonna get booed and kicked around, but if you have the right kind of temperament, at the end you're gonna win out as a quarterback, and if not, you probably weren't made to play quarterback in the NFL."
On Michael Vick: "I think that's gonna be a tough one....He's gonna have to get in the right situation in the NFL. I think he deserves a chance to play again and I think somebody will take a run at him and I think he could be a great producer in the NFL. Obviously we've seen him do that before, but I think it's gonna take the right team right place, and I think he deserves another chance. I think that's part of life. I think he's paid a huge price for the mistakes he's made, and to me, I think he's gonna find the right place and the right team, but I think he's gonna need the right place and the right team and the right coach."
On NASCAR, Joey Lagano, his new book and religion in sports: Sorry, zippy chance I'm transcribing that stuff.
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