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Reaction from Rabach, K. Campbell, Prioleau

From Jason Reid ...
Casey Rabach, center: "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 [Williams] 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 [to Redskins Park] 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 [will] happen for us
"I'd love to see it stay in house. We've got a great group of guys, Gregg Williams, Al Saunders, Mr. Snyder is going to have to make a decision there. I'd love to see coach Buges back next year. Obviously, he's the one I work with the closest. For him to be back would be huge. I think we're real close, especially the way we finished the season. Obviously, that playoff loss up in Seattle last week didn't fit into it quite the way we wanted to. But I think we're close. I think we've got the right people on this team. I think we've got the right attitude on this team. I think weve got the right systems involved here.
Khary Campbell, backup linebacker and special teams player: "I have a lot of love for Coach Gibbs and what he's done. He's given me an opportunity along with a lot of other guys and showed us how to be good people and hard workers. Everybody is a creature of habit and no one really likes change, so it's definitely a surprise. Coach Williams has done a good job. He's a hard worker and he's deserving of a lot of things. It's not me decision, but he's deserving. It would make things easier in the sense of transition, but it is what it is. We're players. We've always got to respond to what we're asked to do. Coach Williams has always been a guy who's been steady in what he does. He's a good guy and he's a hard worker. But at the end of the day, we're players. We've just got to respond to what we're asked to do."
Pierson Prioleau, safety: "With the death of safety Sean Taylor in November and an inordinate number of season-ending injuries to key players, "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 Cindy Boren  |  January 8, 2008; 11:48 AM ET
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I want to throw up...

Posted by: chris_skins_balt | January 8, 2008 11:55 AM | Report abuse

This is just miserable. Glad I'm so busy I can't spend the day up here lamenting and wringing hands.

Doggone it.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | January 8, 2008 11:56 AM | Report abuse

DON'T GO JOE!!!!! The Redskins need you and the Washington Community needs you.

Posted by: mlewis31 | January 8, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Grilliams should be a lock. But, I suspect Synder will mess this one up, too...

Posted by: tszcz | January 8, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry , but I had to re-post this comment from earlier...

I can't understand the screams of outrage from the masses/hamsters about hiring a SB winning coach!! Not that I would be upset if Williams is HC, but my God, let's not jump from the highest tower because..*gasp*..Bill Cowher might be our coach.

Would it mean changes in players...probably...but do you think he would really come in here and say..

"'re out!
Andre too!" etc etc etc

This defense was very good, he is not some idiot who would come in and let go of ProBowl/close to ProBowl players.

Posted by: cej75024 | January 8, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Gibbs will be greatly missed. I was here during his first go-round as head coach and those memories are very fond. I also remember the struggles after he left, with our merry-go-round selection of coaches, only Turner stayed for any length of time. It was miserable. I hope that Snyder & company have a good game plan this time for a post-Gibbs era.

Posted by: Annie-Jazzy | January 8, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Just to play devil's advocate here : If Cowher comes in Portis won't be able to pull his "I have an undisclosed injury until week 1" routine. Not that I am hoping that Cowher gets hired, but maybe after Spurrier & Gibbs, a take no crap coach is needed. I can understand why the veterans don't want Cowher, after all the free reign they had, I wouldn't want him either.

Posted by: curtmcgurt | January 8, 2008 12:02 PM | Report abuse

From the last thread:

Hey, I think continuity IS the watchword.

The team bonded this season, it has a good core group of players, a nice mix of vets and youngsters, and keeping this coaching staff in place would be the best thing for their chances of winning in 2008.

Having to change defensive schemes and/or having JC (and Moss, Portis, et al) learn a whole new offense would be disastrous, imho.

So, Viva La Grilliams!

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

from last thread...

Let me say, not hating on Cowher...great coach, smart, proven, there would be plenty of situations he would be great for. This is no knock.


wrong guy, wrong time, wrong team


- GM/COaches almost never work Cowher thinks "He can do it"....disastor

- Cowher would be coming here for 9 MILLION OF THE WRONG REASONS. Its a money grab.

- Him and snyder get along for about....10 minutes...Can you say Marty much? and Cowher was his protogee!

- This is not a time to blow up and rebuild...lets have a Gibbs 2.0 legacy at least which is a new sensible measured direction.

- No more "shiny new toys" Snyder has got to stop that. We thought maybe he had...if he hires cowher thats all kaput.

- How many HOF/SB type coaches have won SBs in second stop? I can think only did Parcells, Holmgren, Seafert, Jimmy Johnson fair?

- Would mean MASSIVE roster overhaul.

- Would be emotionally loaded with negatives after Gibbs, GG ouster, change of culture.

would have more, but slammed at work...

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

Posted by: heisted547 | January 8, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Please not another outside coach. After what went down this year I really believe it needs to stay in house.

Posted by: jm220 | January 8, 2008 12:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Gibbs would not have informed his players of this decision and explained his reasoning... Why do it like this... Was this Danny's decision?

This makes me wonder if Danny really does want to hire someone from the outside...

These next days or weeks are going to be agonizing... Who know with Dan...

As always we're at his mercy...

Posted by: EinVB | January 8, 2008 12:04 PM | 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 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Danny wants Cowher with Grimm...

Geez- just hire a GM already.

I thinkg Beathard is done, so why not go with Casserly... He seems very sound and intelligent in his comments on CBS and Comcast Sportsnet WPL.

Posted by: EinVB | January 8, 2008 12:07 PM | Report abuse

All of these people who are glad to see Joe go because the game has passed him by or whatever, will be lamenting his resignation two and three years from now.

Everybody wants instant this and instant that. That somehow the other teams aren't trying to and the Redskins can simply roll over everyone.


This is a sad day for the area and for the fans.

We've lost a great coach and a very good man. Not a lot of them out there just walking around.

Thanks Joe for everything.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 8, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Unfortunately, they can't name Grilliams the new Head Coach ASAP, because the Rooney Rule requires them to interview people, even if they have no intention of hiring them.

Once that is out of the way, I hope WIlliams is named HC.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse


I would love to see Casserly back here as GM, but I'm not sure how he feels about Snyder (or vice versa) these days.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow, at least I'll say this takes my mind off the loss in Seattle.


FWIW, I'm with Diddy--Cowher would be a good choice.

But I wouldn't be unhappy with Williams.

I guess nobody thinks Saunders would be a viable choice? Why, exactly? Is it obvious he'd suck as a head coach?

If bringing in Cowher means we displace Vinny, and keeping it in house means Vinny stays, doesn't that tip the scales for a lot of you?

I mean, after all, 02-A ("Vinny sucks" on the old blog table).

Posted by: farstriker | January 8, 2008 12:13 PM | Report abuse

So what would Snyder look for in a head coach now? If someone is going to promise him in an interview that they will go to the Superbowl in 3 years then I think that is just a bunch of ****. If another candidate tells him that they will break apart this organization to bring in their own people I don't see that as appealing either. If Snyder truly respected what Gibbs was doing for the team then he really has no other option than to hire Williams. If Snyder goes outside to hire then he actually is condemning the progress made by Gibbs. Tough choices, Dan.

Posted by: driley | January 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Bye Joe, don't let the screen door hit yr on the way out. While yr at it, resign as team president, too ...

Too bad the timing is a bit off. A few days either way and Snyder could have hired Bill Parcells to run things. Oh well ...

Fist thing is to face reality. The Redskins don't have enough good players to go deep into the playoffs. What is needed in Ashburn, VA is a quality General Manager. A good personnel evaluator and a cap whiz. Getting an intern from Kraft's organization in New England would be a good place to start.

Then, accept Vinnie Cerrato's resignation and clean house from top to bottom. As for head coach ... who cares? Get some good players, Steve Spurrior can be rehired ... or Marty, or Cam Cameron or Brian Billick!

Case in point: check out Norv in San Diego.


Posted by: steveludlum | January 8, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

driley, how do you know what Gibb's wishes are? How do you know he isn't telling him that Williams would never be a good coach? Don't try to tell everyone how you understand what Gibbs has done here. You have no clue what Gibbs' wishes are.

Posted by: sams3 | January 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse

I have no problem with Cowher as HC. My first choice would probably be Williams but as others have posted I think they'd be in for a big overhaul on offense even with Williams. Even if Saunders stayed I doubt Bugel and some of Gibbs other assistants would.

I loved Grimm as a player and he's proven himself as a position coach but I wouldn't take him as a HC over Williams or Cowher. Now if Cowher made him OC that could be interesting. Should be a fun offseason at least.

Posted by: mtnskinsfan | January 8, 2008 12:20 PM | Report abuse


When you spend 4 years of your life building continuity into an organization that did not have any I have a very reasonable assumption that you do not want to see it torn down completely the moment you leave.

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

Name Grilliams quickly to end this situation. We've been waiting! Snyder doesn't have to be the best owner, he Is the owner, everyone else needs to get a life!

Posted by: fourthsleek | January 8, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

It's fascinating that people with no class cannot being to understand people who have class.

Joe Gibbs was pure class.

A lot of his critics apparently have none.

Not all; just a troublingly high number.

America ca. 2008.

Posted by: SteveMG | January 8, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

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