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Casey Rabach Speaks

Casey Rabach, the starting center, just left the building and Jason Reid flagged him down while I was on the phone.

Casey's reaction:

"I don't think he made a decision until last night. All indications from our team meeting [Sunday] was that he was going to back and that he was looking forward to next year. I'm sure it's a hard day first and foremost to see coach go, Everybody here has a lot of respect and loves Coach Gibbs for the guy he is and what he's done for this team and what he's done for players. As far as where we go from here, it'll be interesting to see. Obviously, Mr. Snyder has got some decisions to make, as long as with personnel and what not. I'm sure they've got an idea of where they want to head. We'll embrace it and go from there.

I'd love to see Gregg as the next head coach of the Redskins. Everybody in the locker room, players, have a lot of respect for Gregg and understand what he can do. I don't have a whole lot of say in it all, but we'll see where it goes from here.

"I came here this morning because I heard a lot of rumors about the situation and just wanted to come in and try and talk him out of it. Obviously, it was not do-able. What coach has done for me and what he's done for this organization, I'll remember him forever.

"To see what we went through this year, to see where we ended up, we had a lot of adversity, obviously. Not only Sean's death but with injury and losing close games and blowing leads and what not, and for him to keep it altogether and get us on the role that we did at the end of the season, I thought we set ourselves up really nicely for nest year. Unfortunately, coach won't be a part of that next year. Hopefully, whoever steps in can kind of take over where he left off and good things happen for us."

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 8, 2008; 10:55 AM ET
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Posted by: SonnyFan | January 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

from the last thread ...

It just occurred to me that there is a big difference between the resignations of Joe rev. 1 and Joe rev. 2. This time he will remain part of the organization. I am not exactly sure what that means, but I have to think that a certain continuity will remain.

The more I think about this, I bet there is an "understanding" in place w/ Williams (and possibly Saunders). The organization will still abide with the Rooney Rule, but I expect GG to be named head coach within a week.

Posted by: CBT | January 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Any chance we bring back Marty? heh...

Posted by: Daspig | January 8, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

A lot of folks keep saying Russ Grimm is OC in Zona and would not take lateral move. He is a position coach for the O-line and NOT the OC. The Skins can talk to him for OC or of course HC. I dont think they will if Grilliams gets promoted.

Posted by: csquaredskins | January 8, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

I like the fact that both offensive and defensive players are in favor of Williams being the next HC. That choice seems to make the most sense.

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | January 8, 2008 11:21 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 11:21 AM | Report abuse

csquared, they would need permission to interview him for OC. No permission is required for HC.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | January 8, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

I think this is one of those situations where the Rooney Rule only complicates things.

If you own a team and want to maintain continuity by promoting from within (GG to HC), it's silly to go through the motions of interviewing minority candidates that you have no intention of hiring (and shouldn't have to consider hiring, for the above-stated reasons).

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 11:24 AM | Report abuse

NBC 4 is reporting that the players are all in shock but that they all (defense and offense) want Williams to be the new coach...and to keep the coaching staff intact. NBC also reported that keeping the coaching staff intact was something Gibbs expressed as important yesterday.

They also mentioned this could have something to do with him being a "lame duck" coach. Maybe Snyder wanted him to sign an extension...Gibbs did not want to commit past another year and wanted to do the right thing by allowing them to hire another head coach now. This would explain why the decision was not made until last night and the players were not informed.

Posted by: Lisa | January 8, 2008 11:25 AM | Report abuse

this has got to be the most tumultous season in redskins history

Posted by: psps23 | January 8, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Not to get too trivial Joe, but both are a promotion and would be handled the same way.

Posted by: csquaredskins | January 8, 2008 11:26 AM | Report abuse

I am not surprised but I thought that I would see more signs of the resignation coming.

I do not think that Joe would leave if he did not feel like he had a good staff in place to run this team. This bodes well for Williams.

I see the Redskins as a 3 year rebuilding project to make it to the next tier. First they have win their division. The Cowboys and Giants are younger and moving forward at a faster pace than the Skins. I really think that Joe knows the reality of this and that it influenced him. Rarely can an undermanned team make it through the playoffs at away fields. The odds for of doing it in 08 were very slim. At 67 your zest for rebuilding is just not there.

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

Well, regardless of how the coaching situation is resolved, I hope we draft for position and don't go back to spending mega-bucks on free agents who come here only to line their pockets and not perform.

The one exception I'd make to that is possibly pursuing Alan Faneca.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Vote: Did Joe Gibbs tarnish his legacy?

Thank you for voting. See below for the results from across SportsNation.

Your responses in bold text.

1) Are you surprised Joe Gibbs retired with a year remaining on his five-year contract?

54.8% No

45.2% Yes

2) Which is a bigger risk when hiring a coach or front-office figure?

91.5% Bringing a big-name college coach to the pros.

8.5% Bringing a legend out of retirement.

3) What impact will Gibbs' second stint with the Redskins have on his legacy?

80.3% Won't impact his legacy in the long run

17.1% Slightly tarnish

2.7% Significantly tarnish

4) Had NFL football passed Gibbs by?

66.6% No

33.4% Yes

5) Will the Redskins ever win a Super Bowl with Daniel Snyder as owner?

56.5% Yes

43.5% No

6) What is the current state of the Redskins?

58.6% They have a good foundation in place but they still have a lot of work to do.

35.9% They're a couple of moves away from being a Super Bowl contender in the NFC.

5.5% They need to begin rebuilding and start from scratch.

7) Who should be Washington's starting QB to open next season?

74.0% Jason Campbell

13.7% Someone else

12.3% Todd Collins

8) Which open job is a better opportunity?

81.8% Washington Redskins

18.2% Baltimore Ravens

9) Will Bill Cowher coach the Redskins next season?

75.1% No

24.9% Yes

10) Who is the best coach with at least two Super Bowl titles?

31.3% Joe Gibbs

20.1% Bill Belichick

17.8% Bill Walsh

15.9% Vince Lombardi

3.8% Bill Parcells

3.6% Jimmy Johnson

2.7% Tom Landry

2.3% Chuck Noll

2.3% Don Shula

0.2% Mike Shanahan

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 8, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I can understand Gibbs' reason for resignation...age and family time. But he resigned in a cowardly fashion AGAIN...behind the scenes. For a guy who is 67 years old, he sure is a coward about being upfront to Skins owners (Cooke & Snyder), the players and the coaching staff. All these games at yesterday's press conference was SO unnecessary.

Posted by: heisted547 | January 8, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Nope. They're handled differently, believe it or not. I know this for a fact.

A team can block an assistant from taking any job other than HC. That's the only promotion they can't block.

Some teams choose to let their assistants pursue other promotions even though they're not required to.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | January 8, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Re the Giants and Cowboys being younger and moving forward, I'd agree on the Boys, but I'm not sold on the Giants being a top tier team unless and until Eli goes deep into the playoffs.

Frankly, I think the Eagles may be stiffer competition than the G-Men next year.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

At what point do we get to blame media guys like Jasno for their part in Gibbs decision to retire?

Posted by: isnadd | January 8, 2008 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs = Coward in terms of how he handled the resignation.

Posted by: heisted547 | January 8, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Was looking forward to only following politics this spring. Now this. F.

Posted by: Joe_in_Raleigh | January 8, 2008 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Going to quickly weigh in.

I think you have to go in-house unless you think this team is not ready, which they may feel. Give it to Williams or Saunders (whichever one gives you the best shot at keeping both...assume it's Williams although it's clear they dislike eachother.)


YOu can get Jon Gruden. That dude is raw. He would be a nasty Redskins head coach. Young, fiery, authoritative. My big problem with the younger coaches is they want to be players' coaches. Translation: bad coaches.

Gruden would be the only guy in my opinion that is an upgrade over what you already have in place.

I HATE Bill Cowher. Overrated like hell in my opinion. A drill sergeant, a yeller, a spitter. I hate coaches like that (which sort of argues against Williams).

If I'm Snyder, I stay inside unless I can get Gruden. My two cents.

The Governor

Posted by: songofroland | January 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

csquared, coaches are not allowed to leave for any promotion other than head coach. even though Grimm is an o-line coach, he must be granted permission by the Cards to interview for an OC position anywhere.

This is not a new rule, but I believe it has changed to being this way in the past decade or so.

Posted by: bhayesp | January 8, 2008 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs = Coward in terms of how he handled the resignation.

Posted by: heisted547 | January 8, 2008 11:33 AM

Sounds like he hadn't made his mind up until last night. The way Spurrier resigned was cowardly (phoning it in from the golf course). Lighten up.

Posted by: dlhaze | January 8, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Coward? He resigned 72 hours after the season ended.

I didn't want to see Gibbs leave at all, but I think he did Snyder and the whole organization a favor by announcing as early as possible.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs = Coward in terms of how he handled the resignation.

Posted by: heisted547 | January 8, 2008 11:33 AM

No, that would be Spurrier = Coward in terms of how he handled the resignation.

Posted by: 4-12 | January 8, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

heisted547 = Punk loser in terms of talking about someone that is a legend

Posted by: sams3 | January 8, 2008 11:39 AM | Report abuse

I would include the Eagles as being at least equal to the Skins once they settle on a qb. The Giants now have a good running game, which makes Manning look better than he is, and the defensive line is awesome. All in all the NFC East is going to be a very hard place to win a division in the next couple of years. I think the winning team will be 4-2 in the division and I dont see the Skins sweeping any of the three.

Posted by: driley | January 8, 2008 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Gruden? hmmmmm ... OK, but only if they have to, i.e., Williams leaves.

Posted by: dcsween | January 8, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Joe. Buddy, you are wrong. If it is a promotion, they can not block it. Russ Grimm is a position coach. If you read JLas post earlier. Regardless of the intent, the Skins would contact Zona to talk to him.

Posted by: csquaredskins | January 8, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Although enntitled to your opinion as anyone else is, without knowing everything that goes on behind the scenes (unless you're privy to it and just haven't told us)I think you're dead wrong in your assesment of JG as a COWARD. There are many things he might be, but a coward isn't one of them. In fact, whenever blame has has to be assigned, he stands there and takes it like a man and refuses to throw others under the bus.

Quit projecting.

Posted by: dchandl3 | January 8, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

beep bepp

Posted by: dcsween | January 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs is a legend. But he sure bungled things the 2nd time around. Conservative play calling and poor clock management.

At least have the decency to face your owner, players and staff and tell them in advance that you're quitting. That's why he's a coward.

Posted by: heisted547 | January 8, 2008 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Hey it takes a real man to admit when hes wrong. Or someone that is a big enough moron to begin with but here it is: Under a rule passed last year, teams can hold coaches to their contracts even if they are offered a promotion elsewhere. No longer can one team raid another's coaching staff without permission.

Posted by: csquaredskins | January 8, 2008 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I just found out. Now I wish they would quickly name Grilliams head coach so all of this ridiculous speculation about Cowher, Carroll, etc would be put to rest. I think that would be the logical decision. I dont want Mushmouth (aka Cowher) here!!

Posted by: ga8085 | January 8, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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