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Prioleau, Sellers, Heyer Reaction

Stephon Heyer, undrafted rookie tackle: "I'm going to miss Coach Gibbs. I appreciate him giving me all the opportunities he gave me this year. I can really say that he was an instrumental part of me being out here and playing for the Redskins. He had a lot of faith in me."

Mike Sellers, fullback: "Some of us would talk about it but we didn't think it ... We never thought anything would come of it. Apparently, it did. The man is awesome. We just didn't do him justice. It's sad to see him go. He's a players' coach. He listened to us. He knew what we needed and it's sad to see him go. ... If he was to leave, I'd rather him leave with us going to the playoffs than not going and ending up with a worse record.
"Coach Williams is a great coach. The players love him. It would be sad to see him not get it. He's a little radical. He'll get in your face and cuss you out. But he's a players' coach, too. If you work for him, he's going to work for you."

Pierson Prioleau, veteran safety, a big-time Williams guy, spoke about the way Gibbs held the team together:
"No other guy could have handled it as well as Coach Gibbs did. Being the godly man that he is, and the leader, his experience helped this team through our trials this season and also gave us an edge to get ready to perform and do what we did as a team at the end of the season. He prepared us to play when times got tough, and for that, he should be commended.
"It's always a bit of a surprise when you hear any news around here. It's part of this business. It's full of surprises. Most of us expected he'll be back and he'll definitely be missed."

By Jason La Canfora  |  January 8, 2008; 12:17 PM ET
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Posted by: Forrest | January 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Great comment from Peter King over at Sports Illustrated:

What [Gibbs] has done, I believe, is make Snyder focus more on the long-term solution and less on the quick free-agency, big-money fix. And if you're a Redskins fan, I think that's an important thing to realize when you ask yourself whether the second coming of Gibbs was worth it. I think it was, even if the record suggests otherwise.

Posted by: farstriker | January 8, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Cowher, Williams, Grimm, Pete Carroll, Saunders, who else is out there that would be interesting and for godsake not Jayson Garrett. We saw how well the last Cowboy OC worked out here.

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | January 8, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

The idea that this team is one year or one player or one something away from a superbowl is a chimera. I think GG deserves a shot at HC job but if it is in the name of 'continuity' he will unfortunately be in Pettibone land soon.

I think this team needs a few years/drafts - one of the oldest teams in the league. It is great that you find someone like Stephon Heyer but let's be honest - there was a reason he was passed over 224 times. For example all of the starting O-line in the pro bowl were drafted in 1st or 2nd round. The Redskins youth movement is pretty thin, and the loss of ST (and maybe CR for a lot of next year) made it all the more precarious. Meanwhile, Dallas and the Giants seem to be on the uptick, and maybe even the Eagles.

Posted by: cleary900 | January 8, 2008 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Is Pepper Rodgers still availabe???!??!?!!?!?!

Posted by: Eze167 | January 8, 2008 12:32 PM | Report abuse

One more name to throw into the hopper:
Josh McDaniel the O coordinator from New England...
Granted they have a ton of weapons, but he is young and clearly can gameplan extremely well.

Posted by: puttinforbird | January 8, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

heck no to cowher! you want a big name, a winner? go pry jeff fisher from tenn. otherwise stick with double G. and hire another o coordinator whose offense doesn't need 7 years to master.

carson palmer anyone? ben rothlesberger? c'mon either JC is stupid or weird al's offense is just unneccarry complicated. there're no two answers.

Posted by: dealer | January 8, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

the people who don't believe this team is close to a deep playoff/super bowl run are probably the same doubters that mailed it in when the team moved to 5-7. a couple years down the road and a couple more drafts, then we might as well say bye to half the team right now, because they won't be around to see it happen. (portis, moss, samuels, r.thomas, jansen, griffin, fletcher, springs, rabach, washington, daniels, even randle el, smoot, and andre carter).

Posted by: psps23 | January 8, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I am sad. Man, this has been one tough season!

Posted by: suzannepdc | January 8, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Never mind on McDaniel. He isn't going anywhere yet.

Posted by: puttinforbird | January 8, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

If the Redskins could add a couple of OLmen then I think they could compete. Where the Redskins pick there is usually a top OG available. My guess is they'll be able to sign two FAs next year in the 5M a year range, like last year when they signed Smoot and Fletcher - both great additions. If they sign Briggs and a top OLman then they can complete pretty well, I think. In 2006 they were really getting going with the running game. They'd have had it going again but for losing four guys off the line (if you count Dockery along with Jansen, Thomas, and Wade.) I don't think they are that far away. I just worry that without Gibbs there will be noone else Snyder respects enough to keep him in line.

Posted by: skinfanman | January 8, 2008 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Forget about who the next head coach will be for a minute. What the Skins truly need is a real GM.

Otherwise, you'll end up with Bill Cowher coaching Vinny Cerrato's players, who were acquired at Danny Snyder prices.

One or two players away? This team is $20 million over the cap! How are they going to pay them?

Posted by: youarejerks1 | January 8, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse



People who think the Redskins can't touch a Super Bowl in the near future haven't been watching the NFC for the last 10 to 15 years.

It's been wide-open since the 49ers & Cowboys dynasties ended in the mid-90's.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

I see about 6 positions that HAVE to be filled for us to be a division leading team, not to mention a 3 playoff game winning team. Realistically, you may fill 3 of them through a good draft and free agency market per year. That puts us at a 3 year mark assuming no other aging or signing problems.

Posted by: driley | January 8, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

This is a real sad day. My thoughts when he retired the first time were that he would come back.

This time, he's gone for good.

He had to quit because he gave so much to the job that it would just consume him. Fortunately, he was able to not let it completely consume him.

I just cannot believe some commentators who think that it's just so easy to win all the time in this league. Sure, he made some bad decisions. What franchise - other than New England - hasn't.

The most revealing thing is that I've never heard or read about any player saying bad things about him. In fact, just the opposite, they all say great things about him.

Ne never ever blamed his players. He always took the blame for a loss and always gave credit to his team for victory.

Can we say that really about any other coach in any sport?

Posted by: SteveMG | January 8, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

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