Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity
On Twitter: RedskinsInsider and PostSports  |  Facebook  |  E-mail alerts: Redskins and Sports  |  RSS

Bye Joe

Everyone here at Redskins Park is pretty stunned. One staff member who was in the room at 9 a.m. when Joe Gibbs informed the coaches of his decision said: "I am shocked and numb." The strong sentiment from the players and people here I spoke to today is that Gregg Williams should get the job, and that's coming from offensive and defensive players alike.

One former Redskin, who speaks daily to many of his former teammates, said: "It has to be Gregg, there's no doubt about it. If they go from outside guys will be pissed. Unless they want to tear up the team and go with a different group of guys, it has to be Gregg."

Spoke to some people close to Russ Grimm, a former Redskin and longtime esteemed NFL assistant, who said his current team, Arizona, had not been contacted by the Redskins. Of course, we are very early in the process so things could change. Bill Cowher, former Super Bowl coach with Pittsburgh, will be a name everyone talks about as well.

Jason Reid just spent some time alone with starting WR Antwaan Randle El, who played on Cowher's championship team in Pittsburgh. Randle El voiced strong support for Gregg Williams: "I want the best coach for the job and Gregg is certainly at the top of the list, no doubt. I would love to see him get it just 'cause we've gotten going with the crew that we have here. I would love to see Gregg keep it and let's keep our offensive coordinator. Let's keep all that intact."

Gibbs would commit to virtually nothing during his press conference Monday, but did say that he wanted to retain the coaching staff. As most are in their final year of the contract - and some, like LB Coach Kirk Olivadati, have contracts that are expiring - there would have to be a round of contract extensions in that case.

Spoke to the agents for several prominant coaches and coaching candidates this morning. They all said they believed Williams would get the job, but that was just their reading of the situation and did not come from conversations with Gibbs or Snyder.

Snyder loves Joe and no doubt Gibbs's voice will carry heavy weight with ownership.

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 8, 2008; 10:11 AM ET
 
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Gibbs Resigns
Next: Early Reflections

Comments

It has to be Williams. Maybe the second time is the charm. Belichek sucked his first go round.

Thanks Joe, you will be missed.

Posted by: RedBee | January 8, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Let the future begin now, not next year.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | January 8, 2008 10:22 AM | Report abuse

Jason - does this open the door to hiring a GM and getting rid of Cerratto? Can Joe persuade Snyder that a GM would be in the best interest of the franchise?

Posted by: tonesph | January 8, 2008 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Hire Williams. Keep the rest of the staff intact. We need continuity especially considering what we have been through under Snyder.

Posted by: ricci22 | January 8, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Do they have to interview outside of the org if they want to promote internally (Grilliams)?

Posted by: MNSkinsFan | January 8, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Kind of feel like history repeating itself.

The first time Gibbs left, they had a tough loss to SF in the playoffs. Gibbs left to have the team taken over by Richie. Gibbs also left and aging team in Salary cap crisis that's not prepared to tackle the upcoming free agency.

Now Gibbs leave behind another aging team (especially the O-Line) that's way over the salary cap that's probably going to be taken over by Williams. Not to mention Taylor is gone forever...and Rogers/McIntosh status for next season is up in the air...even if Gibbs though Mac will be back by start of season he won't be 100% for some time.

Greg Williams should probably think twice about taking that head coaching job if the roster is going to be a mess next year. He will be the perfect scapegoat for Snyder to fire him and hire Cowher for 2009....which Cowher seems like he wants to take 2008 off anyway.

Posted by: mmz114 | January 8, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Glad to see that Coach Joe stepped down and it's good news that the players are lining up behind Williams. This is a good day for Redskins Nation!

Posted by: talent_evaluator | January 8, 2008 10:27 AM | Report abuse

This morning on the WTEM, Doc Walker was ranting about why didn't they announce Gregg as the coach also in the press release. He cited it as another example of the way they do things over there. After a commercial break he came back and said someone reminded him of the Rooney Rule.

1. If it's commonly known that Gregg has that clause that pays him a mil if he's not the HC, why would any respectable minority sit for an interview?

2. Why would the league allow such a clause that runs contrary to their mandate to interview a minority candidate?

Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Rooney Rule vs. hiring the heir apparent

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 8, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

I think I agree that Gregg would be the best option for contiunity's sake but I can't seem to forget the memory of this time last year and the whole ESPN Magazine article about the defensive coaches being such a mess and everything. Add that to his previous record in Buffalo and it's questionable how hew would fare as HC. But I do love that the players seem to be in favor of him on both sides of the ball.

Posted by: gibs10 | January 8, 2008 10:30 AM | Report abuse

But how will the starter, Todd Collins, adjust? He's worked in the same system since the Wright Brothers flew at Kitty Hawk.
Posted by: talent_evaluator | January 8, 2008 10:18 AM
-------------------------------------------
That's a really good point t_e. Resigning Collins doesn't seem like such a slam duck anymore does it. What's the point if Saunders is gone?

Posted by: curtmcgurt | January 8, 2008 10:28 AM

Posted by: curtmcgurt | January 8, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Have to to the double G as head coach, but what about GM???
Williams should not have that authority. Neither should Vinny and Dan.

Hopefully we bring in someone.

Posted by: showell81 | January 8, 2008 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Chris Mortensen from ESPN said this morning on that he spoke with the skins org. and that they told him their is no clause in GW contract that says he will get any money if hes not made the head coach. IT DOENT EXIST! so lets stop talking baout it and move on.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

2. Why would the league allow such a clause that runs contrary to their mandate to interview a minority candidate?

Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 10:29 AM

Such a clause (assuming it exists, which has never been confirmed) is not contrary to a mandate to interview a minority candidate. It doesn't even give Williams the inside track, especially on a team where the owner has set new standards for inflated salaries for coaches. It is comparable to a "golden parachute" although in business, $1 million wouldn't be golden, or even silver. More like a bronze parachute.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | January 8, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

That ESPN article was sooo 2006! That locker room is united now - coaches and players. Williams should definitely be made head coach - if Gibbs really cares about the organization this is a given - and his staff retained. Also would love to see Buges return.

Posted by: Lisa | January 8, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

personally, i want russ grimm as head coach. if gregg williams has to be head coach, then i want grimm in as head of the offense. saunders was respectable to gibbs, but i don't think he'll just fall in line for williams. plus, i don't think his offense is the best fit for cambell.


Posted by: segastyle | January 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Who is the D-coordinator if GW is HC?

Thoughts???

Posted by: PostGibbs09 | January 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

I thought he would step down as coach but keep the other job. I haven't been a big double G person but do believe he should be the next head coach. He really showed a lot this season and admitted that he learned how to deal with people from Coach Joe. I hope that is so and he have a good run next season.

Posted by: jm220 | January 8, 2008 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Chris Mortensen from ESPN said this morning that he spoke with the skins org. and that they told him their is no clause in GW contract that says he will get any money if hes not made the head coach. IT DOESNT EXIST! so lets stop talking about it and move on.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

I think there is an exception to the Rooney Rule for promoting people from within. That's how I remember it when it started a few years back.

But even then, it looks like you're not honoring the spirit of the rule. So we pretty much have to go through the motions before hiring Grilliams.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | January 8, 2008 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Chris Mortensen from ESPN said this morning on that he spoke with the skins org. and that they told him their is no clause in GW contract that says he will get any money if hes not made the head coach. IT DOENT EXIST! so lets stop talking baout it and move on.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:32 AM

I personally heard Mort on Mike and Mike say this morning that Gregg has a clause that will "pay him a lot of money" if he is not the HC.

Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

Williams had one bad year in 4 years with the Redskins. If anything, he showed this year that he learned from his mistakes last year. He's also showing that he's a great motivator and a great coach...I mean he's getting major contributions this year from Montgomery, Golston, Doughty, Blades, Wilson....most of them weren't even drafted or drafted in the last 2 rounds.

Just make sure he's not put in a lame duck position that will get blamed if next year is a bust...which more than likely will be.

Posted by: mmz114 | January 8, 2008 10:37 AM | Report abuse

if gregg williams has to be head coach, then i want grimm in as head of the offense.

Posted by: segastyle | January 8, 2008 10:35 AM

Grimm is under contract to Arizona. Only way we can break the contract is to hire him as head coach.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | January 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

"I haven't been a big double G person but do believe he should be the next head coach"

I agree completely, JM220. My opinion of him changed a little when I saw how close he was to #21.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | January 8, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm sad Joe is going, but I completely understand it.

I agree with whoever said GG as HC and Saunders as O-Coord, with a GM added.

How about Ron Wolf?

Doesn't he live right down the road in Annapolis?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Time for a little ad hominem. Hey talent_evaluator, you prove yourself to be an idiot for your comment about this being a great day for Redskin Nation.

Posted by: ygbrown2001 | January 8, 2008 10:39 AM | Report abuse

Chris Mortensen from ESPN said this morning on that he spoke with the skins org. and that they told him their is no clause in GW contract that says he will get any money if hes not made the head coach. IT DOENT EXIST! so lets stop talking baout it and move on.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:32 AM

I personally heard Mort on Mike and Mike say this morning that Gregg has a clause that will "pay him a lot of money" if he is not the HC.


Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 10:37 AM

Your right, then about 5 minutes later he called back in to mike and mike and said that he just got off the phone with the skins org. and said that he was told that no such clause exists. I was stunned to hear it to but it happened.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

anyone else here think saunders is gone after this year?

Posted by: peters82 | January 8, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Chris Mortensen from ESPN said this morning on that he spoke with the skins org. and that they told him their is no clause in GW contract that says he will get any money if hes not made the head coach. IT DOENT EXIST! so lets stop talking baout it and move on.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:32 AM

I personally heard Mort on Mike and Mike say this morning that Gregg has a clause that will "pay him a lot of money" if he is not the HC.


Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 10:37 AM

Heard the same thing...not sure where that is coming from, dave??

Posted by: cej75024 | January 8, 2008 10:41 AM | Report abuse

must have missed that, dave...Sorry dude

Posted by: cej75024 | January 8, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

George Michael made it abundantly clear on the radio this morning that there was NO WAY Snyder would hire Cowher - and would not elaborate. George seems to have some pretty accurate information, so I think that the Cowher talk (by people outside of the Skins) is pretty irrevelant.

Posted by: suzannepdc | January 8, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Such a clause (assuming it exists, which has never been confirmed) is not contrary to a mandate to interview a minority candidate. It doesn't even give Williams the inside track, especially on a team where the owner has set new standards for inflated salaries for coaches. It is comparable to a "golden parachute" although in business, $1 million wouldn't be golden, or even silver. More like a bronze parachute.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | January 8, 2008 10:33 AM

That's true and a good point. I should have been clearer to say that it runs contrary to the spirit of the Rooney Rule. We know there are plenty of wink-wink back room deals. This is a blatant slap to the spirit of the rule (Obviously, that's my opinion, and that's why I love the internet and this blog--people get to instantly express their opinions and wonderful debates ensue!).


Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

If williams isn't the head coach, then say goodbye to continuity, team bonding, the residual effects of ST's death and team morale.

Posted by: forces | January 8, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs to Snyder...ah, dude.
Gibbs to staff ... dudes, gotta talk
Cooley to DC101...WTF, Dude?
Snyder to GW .... ok, dude, here's the deal

Posted by: cej75024 | January 8, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

If anyone recorded the mike and mike show go back and watch it. Chris Mortensen called back in about 5 min. after he originally hung up and said that the clause doesnt exist.

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:45 AM | Report abuse

Let's hope Williams can produce the same winning tradition as Gibbs. Joe Gibbs will forever remain a long standing institution in Washington DC as he has brought us many years of success, Super Bowl victories, and football greats for the years to come. Gibbs, we wish you the best in all of your endeavours from here on out. Thank you. *missing Gibbs already, but relieved*

Posted by: cbmuzik | January 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

It has to be Williams as the head coach. We need to keep this coaching staff all together because we are a couple of plays away from getting back to the good ol' days of...dare i say it...yall know what im talking about.

Hate to see ya go Joe, but I guess a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. I will always love Coach Gibbs no matter what. He's the best!

Posted by: tamika02 | January 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Personally, Gibnbs is probably the worst coach ever.

He's nothing like Joe Gibbs.

Sadly, this reminds me of 1999. We were finally coming together as a team and made it to the playoffs and won a playoff game and then we got a new coach and new players (Jeff George!) and it took them 6 more years to make it to the playoffs again (34234 coaches later).

The Dorf is trying to abide

Posted by: Dorf | January 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

If williams isn't the head coach, then say goodbye to continuity, team bonding, the residual effects of ST's death and team morale.

Posted by: forces | January 8, 2008 10:43 AM
---------------------------------

I completely agree.

I hope GG is HC next season.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 10:46 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone hear Steve Czaban yesterday?? He said ( paraphrasing, of course ) that he wished Coach Joe had ended the Taylor pity party after the Dallas game. Czaban wanted to hear more anger and frustration over the performance in Seattle, "not well it was great, but we played for Sean"

Posted by: cej75024 | January 8, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Grilliams is an interesting guy. I have been deadset against him as coach this entire time and yet I think he came to Washington to learn how to become a leader of men. Gibbs, who may have lost his "offensive genius" label never lost his touch with people.

I think that's why Grilliams came here. He lost he locker room in buffalo and was summarily booted. I don't think anyone doubts his ability to coach X's and O's. We will probably get to find out how much he learned from Joe.

He stopped referring to himself in the third person which is promising. I guess he "deserves" it as much as anyone. Although I won't feel bad for the dude if he leaves Washington and the $8 mill he earned here with his head held high.

I would still rather Dannyboi hire a GM and let him pick a coach.

Posted by: Skinz | January 8, 2008 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Russ Grimm for head coach. He is a Redskin. Knows what it takes to win in DC, and knows all about the history and tradition of the Redskins. I do not like Gregg Williams track record as a head coach. It has to be Russ Grimm. It makes the most sense. I also want a GM already.

Posted by: brandest32 | January 8, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

"... anyone else here think saunders is gone after this year? ..."

Posted by: peters82 | January 8, 2008 10:41 AM

IF Grilliams is the HC and IF Saunders can find a way to keep the defense off the field for longer (i.e., like in 2007, not in 2006), THEN the new HC should be able to convince The Owner (via his new Personal Advisor) that, in the interest of continuity, Saunders stays. I think Saunders would then actually get the title of Offensive Coordinator and be allowed to review/evaluate the other position coaches that will best assure him the ability to meet Grilliams' goal (i.e., keep the defense off the field).

Posted by: dcsween | January 8, 2008 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Mike and Mike also said the Pete Carroll would be a likely candidate. After the Spurrier fiasco I don't see Snyder going that way at all.

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | January 8, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

bbep beep

Posted by: dave197391 | January 8, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

f Chris Mortensen. his sources are reliable as the scouts and executives that Jason gets inside info from.

Posted by: gregskins | January 8, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

There is an exception in the Rooney Rule: When a team has a contractual obligation to promote an assistant coach.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | January 8, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

cej75024, Czaben is the radio version of Wilbon. ITA, such as.

On Saunders, I got the sense there has been some frustration with nanosecond delays associated JC's windup to throw, as well as the ropes he throws to compensate for his instinctive lack of trust that the receiver really will be where he's supposed to be.

Posted by: dcsween | January 8, 2008 10:55 AM | Report abuse

I'm listening to Gibbs press conference from yesterday on Redskins.com- can someone clarify the comments made regarding JC and how he's not the man? I haven't heard it yet.

Sad to see Joe go. I agree that GG is important to maintaining stability with this group of players. As for a D-Coord, why not Greg Blache? Heard nothing but good things about him. Anyone else mention him?

Pete (D7 on different computer)

Posted by: PRutski | January 8, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Continuity? Of what? What has this team done that indicates to any of you that this is a team on the rise? This is a prime time to institute some much-needed changes - from coaching to the judging of talent. You're much better going younger and putting people in place that will stick around a while and develop an identity that this organization needs to compete in an increasingly tougher division and conference.

Posted by: bendersx6 | January 8, 2008 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Tom Cruise will be our new GM next year.

Posted by: isnadd | January 8, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Well they finished one game above .500, beating my prediction. I think it's best that JOe Gibbs is stepping down as Head Coach. As I mentioned earlier I think the game has passed him by.

They don't have the talent to go farther than one game in the playoffs, if they get that far.

Their weakness is the system of signing free agents on a wholesale basis doesn't work today.

The only hope for them to reach the playoffs on a regualr basis is to get rid of Cerrato and bring in a real NFL personnel guy who can draft well, supplement the draft with some free agent signings, and let a head coach who knows today's NFL lead the team on the field.

I will be surprised is this happens.

Posted by: pjente | January 8, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

OSTED 9:58 a.m. EST, January 8, 2008
WILLIAMS HAS NO GUARANTEE by Michael David Smith
A league source tells PFT that contrary to popular belief, there is no guarantee in the contract of Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams that he will either be Joe Gibbs' successor or receive a bonus payment from owner Dan Snyder.
Multiple media reports have indicated that Williams had been promised either the head-coaching job when Gibbs left, or, at minimum, that Snyder would pay Williams a million-dollar bonus if he were not offered the job upon Gibbs' departure.
But in reality, there is no such deal in place. Although Williams' contract pays him a higher salary to run the defense than some NFL head coaches make, Williams won't necessarily get a big check from Snyder if he isn't named the Redskins' next head coach.

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 8, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

cej75024, Czaban is an idiot.

Posted by: rbpalmer | January 8, 2008 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Thank you to Joe Gibbs for turning this franchise around!
We are better off today because of him. No, he didn't bring us back to the Super Bowl, but he did get us some RESPECT around the league.
Greg Williams should get his shot, but we need to clip Saunders and Collins so we can give Campbell and Williams the clear path to be the "Man" and snuff out any in fighting among the troops. Also need to trim the old school coaches who were getting the FOJ(Friend of Joe) salary. This may sound harsh, but you can't have two people rowing the boat. I hope Mr. Snyder makes the move quick to lock up this seasons momentum.

Posted by: Bob2770 | January 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I think Joe's decision can simply be summarized by this...

He is a devout Christian. He mentioned several times follwoing Sean's death that this was a big reality check for him and it made him check his priorities in life. I think he had a realization that he owes it to his family to be there with them and for them. He can't do that in the role he's maintained with the Redskins. He has worked non-stop between football and NASCAR and he's done with that level of committment. He wants to be the family man, better late than never...

How can you blaim him...

Hopefully, the special advisor role to Dan will allow this organization to move forward with a sound and very solid plan for the future and continuity with what they have built.

Although, I have to agree with DCSween what INTERESTING means with the Redskins under the Danny... I prefer boring. Maybe Danny has changed by working with Joe, but that is TBD in the coming years... I hope Joe helps Dan hire a new President or GM. And a damn good one at that....

Hail...

Posted by: EinVB | January 8, 2008 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Has to be Williams.. he's earned that.. if it wasn't for his defense, we'd never have gotten over 5 wins in any year.. and if Gibbs has agreed to be a special advisor to Dan the man.. then head coach greg williams is essentially all but set in my opinion.. and of course its up to him to pick an offensive coordinator, which i think he'll keep saunders to keep the continuity... but this team needs needs to make some big decisions (jansen, portis, etc).. gibbs was going to struggle with those.. hopefully williams will do what needs doing..

Posted by: vpar57 | January 8, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

new post

Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 11:11 AM | Report abuse

If Williams does become HC and Saunders stays in charge of the offense, it will have an impact on the QB choice for next year and beyond. Williams would be on his second -- and probably final if he fails --stint as an HC. With that pressure he's going to want to win, not suffer through the continued learning curve with Campbell.
And, Saunders has always preferred Collins running the offense and would love to show the NFL that he still has it...that he was handcuffed by Gibbs and Campbell. Not trending well for the Skins or Campbell if Williams is coach. Personally, I think you go with Campbell and continue building toward a franchise-type QB. The real shame in all of this is Collins not being the QB once Saunders took over. How much better would it have been for Campbell to have spent last year learning how the offense should run, rather than watching Brunell sputter and wheeze out there.

Posted by: bbake | January 8, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

We the Fans... all love you Joe...As for the Redskins they should give it to Greg Williams and keep the staff intact and hire Charley Casserly as General Manager.

Posted by: fogg4you | January 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

rimm is under contract to Arizona. Only way we can break the contract is to hire him as head coach.
Posted by: talent_evaluator |

i wasn't aware that he was assistant head coach there. in that case, i want him as head coach. and williams can either stay on as defense or move on. but that last thing i want is williams and saunders running around without anyone managing them.

Posted by: segastyle | January 8, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

"But how will the starter, Todd Collins, adjust"

what?!? huh?

Posted by: bryaningrocery | January 8, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

"But how will the starter, Todd Collins, adjust"

what?!? huh?

Posted by: bryaningrocery | January 8, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Here is the quote from an ESPN article regarding the clause not existing in Williams contract.

After speaking to a Redskins official Tuesday morning, ESPN's Chris Mortensen said that contrary to earlier media reports, Williams does not have a clause in his contract that would pay him a bonus if he isn't named head coach.

Posted by: cathy22 | January 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Gregg Williams has spent the last 4 years in the "Joe Gibbs School of Head Coaching". Today's game may have passed by Gibbs, but he is STILL "The Master" at building a winning franchise by surrounding himself with "the right kind of people". Gibbs success in football and NASCAR alone support this as fact!
Listening to Williams' interviews this year, I gotta believe that he has at least learned from "The Master" how to build a team that never quits. So time will tell if he gets the opportunity to practice what he has learned......

Joe Gibbs, you will ALWAYS be in the hearts of Skins fans! Hail Skins!

Posted by: Skinzfan2 | January 8, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Its clear Gibbs departure has left a lot of staff and no clear direction. GG likely gets his shot. But what happens to Al at that point. No issue to work for Gibbs, but will he stick around with GG?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 8, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

800 pound gorilla. Last time Gibbs left, it was after a 9-7 season with a playoff berth. He turned it over to his widely respected defensive coordinator, Richie Pettibone. And the magic was supposed to continue. Then Skins won only 4 or 5 games under Richie and he was fired and the turnover began.

And the Skins were never respected until Joe Gibbs returned. Until now.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 8, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Up to and after the Buffalo game, I think most of us agreed that Coach Joe had to go...then, seeing that he can still muster quality wins, if even against lesser opponents, we all likely changed our minds and wouldn't mind another year of the Hall of Famer.

But, the reality is, Coach Joe couldn't make in-game decisions, was too scared to let Jason Campbell develop, and no one knows what the coaching structure is at Redskins Park.

I do hope that as Joe leaves, Gregg Williams gets the job and at least organizes the coaching staff.

The biggest surprise is the announcement so close to the end of the season. I seriously hope Danny-boy doesn't get cute and hire the biggest coaching name out there and blow up the team again. Especially since we are finally developing some good young talent.

Posted by: agupta1 | January 8, 2008 1:56 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs was the best thing that happened to the Redskins. His first time around he has men-men that played like men. If they got hurt, they played and played and played. This time around Joe Gibbs has boys playing--they get hurt, they come out. The Redskins of today have no discipline and Joe doesn't have time to be their father, he's got children and grandchildren--he's leaving my favorite team to someone that can bang their head and get to be men. Joe, you will be missed, we love you Joe Gibbs.

Posted by: msderay3 | January 8, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company