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Gibbs, Theismann discuss Redskins' future

A pair of Redskins icons both say that if Mike Shanahan is the team's next head coach, they hope it brings about change that extends beyond who simply who wears a headset on the sidelines.

"I think his challenge will be changing the culture that has now seeped into what the Washington Redskins have become. And I think he's going to be capable of doing that," said former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann.

Theismann and former Redskins' coach Joe Gibbs will be working NBC's playoff game between the Jets and Bengals this weekend, and both were made available today. They had plenty to say about the playoffs, but their thoughts on Shanahan -- and they were both positive and optimistic -- is what we care about.

"I think they're reorganizing things," Gibbs said. "I think as a Redskin fan, we're all hoping that this will be over with, that the redskins will return to being a real solid contender every year in what I think is one of the toughest divisions."
When Gibbs returned to the sidelines, he coached once against Shanahan, a 21-19 loss at Denver in 2005. Gibbs had nothing but nice things to say about the prospects of Shanahan coaching in Washington.

Gibbs said because of owner Daniel Snyder's passion and deep desire to win, "he's going to try to give him anything he wants." And for fans, it could be worth it. Gibbs praised what Shanahan would bring to the table offensively.

"If you take a look at him, the running game has been outstanding," Gibbs said. "They have a certain way of approaching the running game with the stretch play. He's taken running back after running back, very successful running the football, very good on offense, very creative. Lot of waggles and bootlegs. Does a great job, I think, coaching the quarterbacks. So, I think Mike, if that's the pick, I think you've got somebody who's obviously accomplished already in the NFL."

Theismann compared the state of the organization that general manager and Shanahan inherit with what Gibbs took over when returned to the Redskins in 2004. Looking back at that time, Theismann said, "I felt like the Redskins had lost their perspective on professionalism and pride and discipline. And when you talk to the players out there, they don't feel like everyone was held to the same standard, that there was a lack of discipline when it came to certain individuals. That was the one thing that coach Gibbs did when he joined the Redskins, he brought that sense of pride and discipline and accountability back to the entire organization -- not just the players, but it stands for everybody in the building.

"This next coach -- and if it is Mike Shanahan, he is a similar type of individual as coach Gibbs. They're demanding to the point where they want you to be the best that you can be. They're going to do everything they can to support you, but they're not going to tolerate your ineffectiveness as an individual to try and get the job done. That has been somewhat of a tolerant situation over the last couple of years."

By Rick Maese  |  January 5, 2010; 6:10 PM ET
 
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Comments

WOW...

DO we have a COACH yet...

Posted by: WRBD | January 5, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

first? I need to get a life

Posted by: chevychasepowhatans | January 5, 2010 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Is he hired yet? Dam - add another zero to the end and be done already!

Posted by: ssh1549 | January 5, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Will Jimmy Clausen start out returning punts, as Joey T did?

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Is he hired yet? Dan - add another zero to the end and be done already!

Posted by: ssh1549 | January 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Is he hired yet? Dan - add another zero to the end and be done already!

Posted by: ssh1549 | January 5, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Joe and Joe aught to know.

Posted by: Keyskonnection | January 5, 2010 6:23 PM | Report abuse

So JoeyT thinks Shanahan is going to take off the gloves when it comes to the players, eh?

I hope so. But I'm pretty sure the Portis Priviledge started under Gibbs, yes? Taking himself out of games and what-not. Sounds like his memories of Gibbs II are a little rosy colored (not that I'm knockin Gibbs).

Ooh. Maybe you should wear these extra gloves... my hands are starting to get sweaty.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 5, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Is this thing on?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

that was weird. couldn't get on for 30 min, looks like no one else could either.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 5, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Whiff whiff? Do I smell Fassel?

Posted by: TheCork | January 5, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Don't start Cork.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | January 5, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

that was weird. couldn't get on for 30 min, looks like no one else could either.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | January 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

When is the press conference? Hurry up and do this thing.

Posted by: whess8 | January 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Name Clinton Portis Team President

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

According to unnamed Redskins sources named Portis, there has been a new office created for Clinton Portis: Team President. Portis will oversee all practice deferrals, vacations, guidelines for players to pull themselves out of games, whether preseason games are to be played and by whom, and allowing running backs to stab their blockers in their back. And most important duty he was given: to teach players how to yell at their coaches with emphasis and style points.

It has become apparent that the Redskins lack clear guidelines to player behavior and these guidelines will be applied to players who aren't subject to rules. While the rules are considered negative rights, much like the Messiah views the Constitution, the guidelines will be positive rights to players who often play 20 plays and then fall flat on their fat asses when the chips are down and the team really, really needs them.

Posted by: laserwizard | January 5, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

What's taking so long with Shanahan? (Not that I want him - he's too old, but ... hmm, has he gotten botox? )

What if NO ONE will come here??????

That would be GREAT!

Posted by: sugarstreet | January 5, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Orange Bowl prospects

Georgia Tech
DE Derrick Morgan (6-4, 268; grade: 96) Top 10
****RB Jonathan Dwyer* (5-11, 234; Grade: 90) 2nd RD
WR Demaryius Thomas* (6-3, 225; Grade: 86) 2-3 RD
OLB Sedric Griffin (5-104, 228; Grade: 30) 6-7 RD

Iowa
****OT Bryan Bulaga* (6-6, 311; Grade: 91) mid to late 1st RD
****OT Kyle Calloway (6-64, 318; Grade: 74) 3-4th Rd
ILB Pat Angerer (5-114, 233; Grade: 61) 5-7th RD
TE Anthony Moeaki (6-3, 247; Grade: 41)
OG Dan Doering (6-55, 303; Grade: 30)
OLB Andrew Edds (6-33, 246; Grade: 30)

****denotes players to watch for April

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

What's taking so long with Shanahan? (Not that I want him - he's too old, but ... hmm, has he gotten botox? )

What if NO ONE will come here??????

That would be GREAT!

Posted by: sugarstreet | January 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

What's taking so long with Shanahan? (Not that I want him - he's too old, but ... hmm, has he gotten botox? )

What if NO ONE will come here??????

That would be GREAT!

Posted by: sugarstreet | January 5, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

When is the press conference? Hurry up and do this thing.

Posted by: whess8 | January 5, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Quick Question: who is actually making the head coach hiring decision? Is it Bruce Allen or Dan Snyder?

Hmmmmm.....

Posted by: Pepper5 | January 5, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Redskins Name Clinton Portis Team President

Dateline: Washington, D.C.

According to unnamed Redskins sources named Portis, there has been a new office created for Clinton Portis: Team President. Portis will oversee all practice deferrals, vacations, guidelines for players to pull themselves out of games, whether preseason games are to be played and by whom, and allowing running backs to stab their blockers in their back. And most important duty he was given: to teach players how to yell at their coaches with emphasis and style points.

It has become apparent that the Redskins lack clear guidelines to player behavior and these guidelines will be applied to players who aren't subject to rules. While the rules are considered negative rights, much like the Messiah views the Constitution, the guidelines will be positive rights to players who often play 20 plays and then fall flat on their fat asses when the chips are down and the team really, really needs them.

Posted by: laserwizard

_______

Remember the days when Portis would wear pimp's outfits after games and give himself some kind of nickname?

Had I known then that it was all downhill, I would have bumrushed each and every presser and pushed him out of camera's view!

What an arse.

(sorry for the triplicate postings...this thang be slow...)

Posted by: sugarstreet | January 5, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Ok, this thing is TRULY messed up.

Posted by: sugarstreet | January 5, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

So why aren't Gibbs and Theismann calling the NFC East game?

Posted by: WorstSeat | January 5, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

So why aren't Gibbs and Theismann calling the NFC East game?

Posted by: WorstSeat | January 5, 2010 7:57 PM

Because CBS covers the AFC and the Fox pregame is amateur at best.

Posted by: Diesel44 | January 5, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

joe gibbs does not get a free pass by me for his 2.0 stint. he played favorites and created the environment for which clinton portis can totally verbally abuse any coach that was thrown into the situation (ie jim zorn). i don't care if he (gibbs) is a saint, i don't care if he has won super bowls before (ancient history), he ultimately validated redskins failure by letting cerrato stay on staff and make decisions, something that never should have happened in gibbs 2.0. the clinton portis trade was garbage, we gave up way too much for not that much in return. not to mention mark brunel, adam archuletta, and brandon lloyd. granted his drafts were decent, landry and taylor were a scary tandem, but still, he let his overpaid, big ego players runs the show, gibbs had no control, he was just lucky. gibbs, ultimately, didn't stabilize anything, in fact once he left, it was destined to blow up and fall apart anyways. we (logical people) were just waiting for it to happen. 8-8 forever.

Posted by: BMACattack | January 5, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

joe gibbs does not get a free pass by me for his 2.0 stint. he played favorites and created the environment for which clinton portis can totally verbally abuse any coach that was thrown into the situation (ie jim zorn). i don't care if he (gibbs) is a saint, i don't care if he has won super bowls before (ancient history), he ultimately validated redskins failure by letting cerrato stay on staff and make decisions, something that never should have happened in gibbs 2.0. the clinton portis trade was garbage, we gave up way too much for not that much in return. not to mention mark brunel, adam archuletta, and brandon lloyd. granted his drafts were decent, landry and taylor were a scary tandem, but still, he let his overpaid, big ego players runs the show, gibbs had no control, he was just lucky. gibbs, ultimately, didn't stabilize anything, in fact once he left, it was destined to blow up and fall apart anyways. we (logical people) were just waiting for it to happen. 8-8 forever.

Posted by: BMACattack | January 5, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Joe Gibbs DOES get a free pass. For the record he won THREE Superbowls. When the idiots who say Gibbs doesn't get a free pass win THREE Superbowls, or even one, then you can comment, otherwise you have no credibility. Nothing personal, you just can't argue with the record. You're excused if you weren't around when the Redskins were so bad before Gibbs and George Allen.

Posted by: bfjam | January 5, 2010 8:34 PM | Report abuse

"Nothing personal, you just can't argue with the record."

For the record, Gibbs 2.0 was what, 6-10, 10-6, 5-11, and 9-7? His third year was almost the same record as this year. Total win% for Gibbs 2.0 .468 or less than half the games, and up and down, not improving. And two really pretty bad seasons.

Posted by: AlohaFan | January 5, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

At the end of Gibbs 2.0, Danny looking all sincere saying he has learned a lot from Joe Gibbs, and then preceded to destroy the teams for the next 2 years. I wouldn't trust him with Shanny & Allen neither.

Posted by: kdlam | January 5, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

I hope Shanahan has full authority over player decisions and starts sending them packing.Trade Cooley and Portis for Brandan Marshall

Posted by: skinsfanfrmbirth | January 5, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

I think these guys nailed it. When Joe Gibbs left 2 years ago, the Redskins were a respected organization with a culture that bred respect. Cerrato wanted to get rid of the Gibbs legacy to build his own and so character/respect became lesser criteria in the way the team operated. And 2 years later, with MORE talent than the 2007 team had, this team accomplished substantially loess.

I think Shanahan and Allen get what Zorn and Cerrrato didn't. Talent isn't the only thing that matters.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | January 5, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

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