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Snyder and Gibbs

Mark Maske reports:
A person familiar with the discussions between Snyder and Gibbs said that Snyder tried to convince Gibbs to stay for at least one more season but Gibbs's mind was made up. Gibbs told Snyder that he'd promised himself when he returned to coaching that he would do things differently this time and wouldn't allow the job to consume him, but he hadn't been able to make that transformation. He poured himself into the job again and found it to be every bit as taxing as it ever had been, and found when he got to the end of this season that he had nothing left. Gibbs was "very firm" in telling Snyder, during a meeting that lasted until after midnight, that he wouldn't return as coach, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because Gibbs hasn't addressed his resignation publicly yet.
Also, the Redskins are denying numerous previous reports that Gregg Williams's contract contains a provision guaranteeing him a bonus if he does not replace Gibbs as the head coach.
The team plans for Snyder to speak to reporters this afternoon.

By Cindy Boren  |  January 8, 2008; 11:59 AM ET
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if snyder wanted gibbs back so bad, then it should be a no-brainer that williams should take over. obviously he would want gibbs back because he thinks this team has a shot next year, the way it's built, and having gregg transition in would be the best way for this to happen.

Posted by: psps23 | January 8, 2008 12:08 PM | Report abuse

i guess news is coming to fast for a threaded discussion

Posted by: chrislarry | January 8, 2008 12:08 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 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Keep the hot off the press info coming J...thanks!

Posted by: myterpsr1 | January 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

This whole denying Greg's 1Millions contract clause does not bode well for Greg...

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

How does that all of sudden change now and why was that information falely communicated the past 2 years...

makes now sense...

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

Whatever happens, greg and Al have to be ok with it, we can't have anymore turnover at these two places, our team is built to win using the systems that are in place with a few additions there is no reason why this team, with continued CONTINUITY among the coaching staff can win.

Posted by: wshorter | January 8, 2008 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Just like I reported earlier. Williams dosen't have a $1 million clause.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | January 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Bye-bye, Thrash (and don't forget your bible).

Posted by: nojunk4me | January 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

If Dan Snyder has already made up his mind about who will be the next coach, and if that man happens to not be a minority, then here is to hoping Snyder ignores the NFL charade, i mean "rule", that requires you to interview people based on the color of their skin.

If anyone is willing to disregard that ridiculous, demeaning, and unconstitutional "rule", it's my guy Snyder.

Posted by: Barno1 | January 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

I think the Skins would be sitting nice with Williams as head coach and Saunders as head of offense with out Gibbs handcuffs. We do not have any major unrestricited free agents and can only get stronger via free agency ourselves and the draft.

Sign em up!

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

Instability....intrigue....denials of clauses in contracts.....ah yes, Dannyboi is back in charge.

Excuse me while I go lose my lunch.

Posted by: Skinz | January 8, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Vote for the 2007 Motorola Coach of the Year

Head coaches Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots, Jack Del Rio of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins, Mike McCarthy of the Green Bay Packers and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers are the nominees for the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year award.

Fans can vote on for the head coach whose game planning played the greatest role in his team's success this season. Voting will take place from 9 a.m. ET on Monday, Jan. 7 through 6 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 21 to determine the 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year. The winner will be announced at a press conference in Arizona during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLII

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

I know Joe really rallied the troops, and I do hate Belicheat, but how can you argue against a coach that takes his team 16-0?

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

Well, I guess now those of us who thought this might happen can raise our heads again without being called haters. Like I said five weeks ago, I felt sad for Coach Joe, not mad. I still feel that way.

I honor Joe Gibbs because he poured his heart and soul into this franchise. Yes, it gave us a great ride in the second half. But it also took a huge portion of his energy. You could see it in the way he carried himself.

I honor him now for having the integrity to retire when he knew he needed to, and for the right reasons. He's retiring to be with his family, after giving everything to this football club for four years.


Now, bring on Cowher, I say. Anybody who can push Cerrato into a corner is a good thing in my book.


Posted by: SonofNero | January 8, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

According to some, the Gregg Williams $1 million arrangement is a violation of the Rooney Rule. Easiest way to deal with that is deny the arrangement exists.

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

I'd vote for Gibbs or Del Rio simply because Belicheat is an underhanded, arrogant jerk whose recent career is owed entirely (imho) to Tom Brady.

Check Belicheat's record as HC in Cleveland.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | January 8, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

how much change do we want/need? If team's season performance looked like the last 4-5 games, I would say none. If the last 4-5 games looked like the first 11, then I think we'd be saying we would want a lot of change.

So the question is, which team is this really? Were the last several games a team driven by the coach/circumstances to over-perform at season's close only to be proven a mirage as in 2005-2006? Or was this a turning point in the development of a team and some talented but perhaps immature players?

Posted by: kingbonehead | January 8, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

As to Belicheck: If I were caught cheating on an exam, should I still be made an Honor roll student even if I had the highest score in the class?

As to Gibbs: YOU will be missed. May God bless you and keep you.

As to Cowher: Wrong man, wrong place wrong time.

As to Williams: Hopefully Danny can work it out for him as HC.

Posted by: scooty7s | January 8, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

When the news first broke I thought of Williams as the best choice. However, upon reflection that means keeping Cerrato involved in personnel. For the Redskins, the best scenario is to hire Cowher and let him bring in his own personnel director who has demonstrable experience in the NFL.

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

"Also, if Gibbs was going to retire, why did he even speak about the QB situation at all? Why not leave it alone? Was it that important to go crazy about Collins and stir things up for Jason? .... Odd that Joe would even go there"

The answer to the question is that at the point he made the comment, he wasn't definitely retiring. \ I went back and watched yesterday's PC again. He wasn't necessarily retiring. He wanted something, but knew it would be difficult to get, and if he didn't get it, he was gone.

Posted by: forces | January 8, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Its just a Rooney Rule tactic...deny the arrangment, interview Gregg Williams, bring in a black to interview or some other ethnic guy like Rivera from Chicago..spend 20 minutes on them then announce Gregg Williams

Rooney Rule is ludicrous now days anyway....the best candidate will be hired to coach a team no matter what the color of skin..

Posted by: a_bendter | January 8, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

the best candidate is either al saunders or gregg williams,period, we don't need more drama or chaos around here.Let gregg be the coach,players are comfortable with him and he's an experienced coach.The team needs to also add a good passrusher on defense and bring back collins as the starter next season,let's face it,he's better,let jason learn,we know he's the future so we can wait.

Posted by: thierrykayofe2000 | January 9, 2008 2:43 AM | Report abuse

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