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Joe Gibbs's advice to Mike Shanahan


Joe Gibbs has visited Ashburn several times since Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan were hired, and has talked to them about the direction of the franchise. During his appearance on ESPN's First Take on Wednesday, Gibbs was asked about the biggest piece of advice he delivered to the team's new coach.

"I said to him, I said this is, I think, the greatest sports franchise in the world," Gibbs recalled. "That's me, personally. It's right there in Washington. It's the only thing that unifies the city. Everything else, it's Republican and Democrat. The city's split. That team, something is written every day about that team. It's a big deal in Washington. I've got to tell you, if I'm going to coach someplace or play football someplace, I want to be in a place where football's important, and it is in Washington."

The only thing that unifies the city? What about go-go, half-smokes, parking tickets, Ovechkin jerseys and a burning insistence that this city has bad bagels and pizza? But point taken.

Gibbs was on a media tour this week to promote some NASCAR fan thing, so he was asked lots of Redskins questions. He said many of the typical things: that he's the biggest Redskins fan in the world, that he thinks the quarterback position is all about mental toughness and character, that the Shanahan and Allen hires were great moves.

But he was also asked about Jason Campbell, which offered something slightly new.

"We all love Jason, us that were a part of bringing him to Washington," Gibbs told Ivan Carter on Washington Post Live. "He's a big guy, he can get out of the pocket, he's smart. I think this may be a good chance for him. The Redskins have made the decision to go in a different direction; now he gets a chance to go Oakland.

"Hey, there's been a lot of quarterbacks that get a second chance some place and revive their career, and certainly I think he's gonna have a great opportunity out there. And so we're all pulling for Jason. Everybody likes Jason. So it'd be great to see him go out there and have real success."

"Everybody likes Jason" pretty much sums things up.

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 27, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
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Comments

The word of the Lord. Amen

Posted by: MillBurray | May 27, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

pshh, I like jumbo slice.

Posted by: Bigfoot_has_a_posse | May 27, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Love ya Joe! You da man!

Posted by: steven09 | May 27, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I've had New York pizza and would take Ledo's over it any day.

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | May 27, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

I used to think this place had no good pizza - a thought which was confirmed by my New Jersey born wife.
I have to say though that cafe pizzaiola in Crystal City is very very good.

Posted by: pjp5 | May 27, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Niiiice, with the Go-Go reference

And Gibbs has a point because no other local sports team (except maybe Big John's Hoyas or Lefty's Terps) can bring the same feeling in this town as the Skins (cue the Squire holding court at Duke's saying 'this is the best bloody team with the best bloody fans in the whole bloody world')

Posted by: kahlua87 | May 27, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Sadly, not everybody likes Jason. And that dislike, I predict, will come back to haunt a few people. I wish him well in Oakland.

Posted by: stwasm | May 27, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

to Doc Holliday: No offense, & I LOVE Ledo's too (at least, the flagship store--flakiest crust ever!), but you haven't had the right NY pizza. Most of the great NYC pizza is in Brooklyn.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | May 27, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

"a burning insistence that this city has bad bagels and pizza"

This only unites whiny New York/New Jersey transplants who won't go back to their home areas, who are a minority in the DMV (albeit an unwarrantedly noisy one). Otherwise, good list of things that unite.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | May 27, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

I am one who feels that a statue of Joe Gibbs should be set outside of FedEx field!!

Posted by: sirmixx01 | May 27, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I would take a bullet for that man.

Posted by: Barno1 | May 27, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

@nyskinsdiehard: I've had it from Grimaldi's, Di Fara, and Lombardi's...it's fine. It's just not the best...I prefer Ledo's

Posted by: DocHolliday1906 | May 27, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs spoke. Show reverence, and prepare for the season opener. COWGIRL fans, please do not get squeamish on opening day. Tony No No will not make it to the 4th quarter. Something about an O'Sackpo hit in the 2nd quarter that knocked his fllings out.

Posted by: classicskins | May 27, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

always glad to have met the Legend Coach Gibbs

Posted by: pathmo | May 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

“Everyone likes Jason . . . playing for another team.”

Posted by: Hmauch | May 27, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Ahhh Gibbs. Always a pleasure.

As for good pizza, check out Valentinos in Alexandria in Landmark Plaza. Dddaaaayyaamm good stuff. Buffalo Chicken pizza a MUST-try there.

Oh and NJ is the hairy, rancid, dank armpit of the States. They do have some good pizza there, and a couple nice places to visit. But thats like saying theres 2 square-inch clean spots on your filthy, rundown Pinto - the car is still garbage. Beware of their Six Flags, too. A horrific, terrible, abominable theme park.

Posted by: ScoGrass | May 27, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Ledo's is great but the old Pizza Oven in East Pines is the best. It was always worth the risk of getting shot.

Posted by: c_e_daniel | May 27, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Bethesda Bagels in Bethesda, MD

Vace Delicatessen in Cleveland Park, DC and Bethesda, MD

OK there aren't as many options as NY, and NY bagels are more fluffy rather than dense (though Vace is unique and better than most NY pizza).

Anyways what does that have to do with football?

And while we aren't talking about football here on the football blog...what is the deal with those parking tickets. Seriously, parking tickets represent an illegal tax on motorists. If we all contest, they will lose more money dealing with the court costs than they will gain from the fines...

Posted by: jaguar2490 | May 27, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I love how Gibbs has not seperated himself from the Redskins. He could have just gone of to Nascar and never mentioned the Redskins again but he has done the opposite.

Posted by: Dlewis10 | May 27, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

jason should have told dan to kiss his a#s, since management was shopping for a quarterback last summer while stabbing him in the back with your are our QB, bulls#%t. if everyone liked jason why was the offense restricted in plays but open up with collins took snaps from center. gibbs couldn't remember calling back to back timeouts were illegal and had the nerve to ask the ref, smart joe, real smart.

Posted by: geg5100 | May 27, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

All the praise for JAH Gibbs. Go Go & parking tickets, that sounds right on target to me.

Posted by: redskins_rule_2006 | May 27, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs basically ruined the beginning part of Campbell career should started early and Gibbs made Campbell paraniod about throwing picks and not being agressive. He should have siad what he said

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | May 27, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Don't you get it people, this guy is basically being a sarcastic butt, he's bashing Joe "the Coach of the Rings" statements, and mocking him...Steinberg, needs to get his head outta his,(where the sun don't shine) and realise, that all Joe Gibbs is trying to do is show support for the team, and oh yeah Steinberg, Ima lifelong Skins fan, I vary on the Nats, Can't stand Hockey, and will always be a BULLETS fan...so remember, you're only a voice cause the Washington Post PAYS you to be, not because anyone wants you to be...

Posted by: SCPEGLEG | May 27, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Don't you get it people, this guy is basically being a sarcastic butt, he's bashing Joe "the Coach of the Rings" statements, and mocking him...Steinberg, needs to get his head outta his,(where the sun don't shine) and realise, that all Joe Gibbs is trying to do is show support for the team, and oh yeah Steinberg, Ima lifelong Skins fan, I vary on the Nats, Can't stand Hockey, and will always be a BULLETS fan...so remember, you're only a voice cause the Washington Post PAYS you to be, not because anyone wants you to be...

Posted by: SCPEGLEG | May 27, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

"a burning insistence that this city has bad bagels and pizza"

This only unites whiny New York/New Jersey transplants who won't go back to their home areas, who are a minority in the DMV (albeit an unwarrantedly noisy one). Otherwise, good list of things that unite.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | May 27, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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Seconded.

It'd be nice to have a Famous Ray's or a Two Boots around here, but I'm not starving to death from lack of good bagles/pizza.

Posted by: M__N | May 28, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

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