Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Hail to Joe Gibbs

According to the Associated Press Joe Gibbs will not return next season to coach the Washington Redskins.
After the toughest season of his Hall of Fame career, one that tested his leadership like never before, Joe Gibbs is stepping down. He resigned as coach and team president of the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, three days after a playoff loss ended an inspirational late-season run that followed the death of safety Sean Taylor. Gibbs will remain as a special adviser to owner Dan Snyder and was to discuss his resignation at an afternoon news conference at Redskins Park.
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The Redskins have been my favorite pro football team since I was a little kid, watching their games on a black and white Zenith with my grandfather. By far, Gibbs has been my favorite Redskins head coach during all that time. After all that happened this season the job he did to get Washington into the playoffs was vintage Gibbs, it proved he's still a great leader.

Yet, I'm not surprised he is stepping down. Since the Buffalo game the Redskins lost, in part due to a mistake Gibbs made on the sideline -- he called an illegal timeout -- I have thought he would probably not be back. His standards are too high for him to permit himself that kind of a mistake. And, no doubt this season, in which the Redskins had to endure the ordeal of burying a teammate, took a lot out of the 67-year-old Gibbs.

Hopefully, the impression Gibbs made on those Redskins who will return to play for the new head coach next season will stay with them. Some of those guys probably won't fully appreciate what Gibbs was all about, an honest/sincere man in the pro football world of back-stabbers, until they look back on their time under his guidance.

All I can say at this point is thank you Joe Gibbs and, of course, hail to the Redskins!

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