Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Gibbs Resigns

Well, the Redskins 2007-8 season has been complete for barely 48 hours, and in what is a pretty shocking development, Joe Jackson Gibbs has resigned as Redskins head coach and team president. His career record *should* stand at 154-94, barring what seems an improbable third tenure as an NFL coach. We probably shouldn't be surprised considering what this season must have been like, what Gibbs family has been going through and considering the coach is rapidly approaching 70.

Gibbs second reign will likely be remembered as unspectacular and largely unsuccessful, with a 30-34 record and only one playoff victory; however the next several years could likely play a prominent role in determining if Gibbs 2.0 was, in fact, a success.

In support of Gibbs second reign, one could site two playoff appearances in four years--no small feat when juxtaposed against the one playoff appearance the team enjoyed in the 13 season sabbatical Gibbs took from '91 to '04. Moreover, one could also argue that the cupboard has not been left bare. For the first time in over a decade, the Redskins appear to have some serviceable young, homegrown talent and a nucleus that may serve the team well for a few more years. Or, they could immediately and completely go in the tank like the famous 4-12 Richie Pettitbone season.

What happens now? I half expect them to announce Greggggggggggggg Williams as the new HC at the 3pm press conference, though, as Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer (Mayhugh) astutely pointed out to me, they may have to pay some lip service to the league's minority hiring rules prior to doing that. (Maybe they'll interview Earnest Byner in the Ashburn Arby's at noon, rule him out, and then announce Williams.) At the same time, we are dealing with Daniel M. Snyder here...so it might be time to make a splash and do something breathtakingly stupid...like pursue Bill Cowher...or as Mike Greenberg just suggested, Pete Carroll.

My preference? I say give it to Williams, let Saunders run the offense for one year without grandpa telling him to keep it under 65mph and see what happens (though I do fear that Saunders would elect to go with Todd Collins at QB--a mistake in my estimation).

I'm personally sad to see Gibbs go. I was optimistic about one more season with the old guy and maybe making one more run at something. That said, last night I was thinking about the viability of this team going into '08 and my general take was that they still were a good bit away from competing with the big boys. They probably need a defensive lineman who demands a double team, a new guard and a 65% sexier receiving corps...and then they still need better QB play. But that's neither here nor there.

As I alluded to last week, I'm comfortable characterizing Gibbs second reign as a success, if only because he moved this team from under the "laughing stock" heading for a few years. Yep, 5-11 and 6-10 were no picnic, and at times it felt like we were watching Ted Stevens try to use the internets...but for the first time since the 80's and early 90's, there were legitimately big wins and legitimate reasons for hope and optimism going into seasons. Sure, he laughs like a girl and coaches like a ninny at times, but in the end I think this team will be better over the long run because of Gibbs second tenure (hopefully he taught Danny some things). In the end, every enjoyable Redskins season I've experienced featured Gibbs...that pretty much sums it up.

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And, for your wagering amusement...here are the early odds on who will be the Skins next head man...

Odds to be next Redskins head coach...place your bets:

Greggggggggg Williams 1.5 to 1
Al Saunders 5 to 1
Russ Grimm 5 to 1
Bill Cowher 6 to 1
Joe Bugel 10 to 1
Steve Mariucci 15 to 1
Pete Carroll 18 to 1
Bob Stoops 20 to 1
Jason Garrett 20 to 1
Dick Vermeil 22 to 1
Pepper Rogers 24 to 1
Martyball 2.0 25 to 1
Jimmy Johnson 25 to 1
Lute Olsen 50 to 1
Sonny Jurgensen 50 to 1
Pat Riley 50 to 1
Tiger Woods 65 to 1
Tom Cruise 70 to 1
Wilbon & Kornheiser 72 to 1
Joe Torre 75 to 1
Riggo 75 to 1
George Michael 100 to 1
George W. Bush 100 to 1
Dan Snyder 100 to 1
Bela Karoyli 115 to 1
Coach Janky Spanky 150 to 1
Toonces the Cat 200 to 1

56 Comments:

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Whitney said...

Isn't Todd Collins a free agent? His late run means the Skins won't be able to be in the running for Collins' services . . . unless, as you said, they do something breathtakingly stupid.

 
At 10:19 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

General consensus is that even though TC is a UFA, there is little to no interest in him league-wide. He will be 37 at the start of next season. Only the Redskins are dumb enough to hook their wagon to that star...

The upside of this...I think...is that we've probably seen the last of Mark Brunell in the burgundy and gold.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger mayhugh said...

I'm all for the "not shaking up the nucleus" approach. While I'm not particularly fond of Williams (mostly based on his first head coaching tenure and some of the comments about his personality made by an "anonymous" source last year), the big splash approach has disaster written all over it.

Even with the departure of Gibbs, there are a lot of cooks in the Redskins' kitchen. While Gibbs appeared at times to be a figurehead, whatever egos and personalities existed within the coaching staff, they were kept in check, at least from an outsider's point of view. Going outside the current organization for a big name (like Cowher) would most likely lead to one of two outcomes: 1) Saunders, Williams, or both get flummoxed by the decision and leave the team in a huff (and their respective side of the ball in disarray) or 2) everyone uneasily coexists for a year and it shows in the loss column.

For stability's sake, I think you go with Williams and see what happens.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger Whitney said...

Any chance we can dump Vinny Cerrato in this shake-up as well?

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

I've amended this post to give you the odds on who the skins next HC will be. Place your bets...

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

I'm pretty sure the departure of Gibbs also means the end of days for Buges, Pec, Domn Breaux, Bubba Tyer and the other 13 or so associate head coaches on offense, regardless of who is coach. Most of those guys were around for the discovery of fire...and I'm pretty sure they're content to call it a career now.

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Jerry said...

I'm shocked by this news, but I wouldn't be entirely shocked if they talked to some people before promoting Greggggg. He's a very good DC, but just seeing how he is, it's not hard to understand why he may have struggled as a HC. Very crusty and provincial.

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

I'd like to put money on George Michael - but can I get a clarification first? Are we talking about the Pop star or the sports "reporter"?

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

The Sports Machine, not the Shorts Machine.

 
At 10:59 AM, Blogger Dennis said...

Oh OK. Nevermind.

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger Whitney said...

I thought you meant the kid from Arrested Development. I'd take him over the newscaster.

But not over George Michael the bathroom attendant. "Careless Whisper" takes me back.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger TR said...

"General consensus is that even though XXX is a UFA, there is little to no interest in him league-wide. He will be 37 at the start of next season."

Sounds like Jeff Garcia's situation a year ago. And Garcia was better than 20-25 starting QBs in 2007, although Collins isn't nearly as good as GarciaI guess that makes my argument moot.

I guess my point is that 37 year old QBs, although feeble and dangerous behind the wheel, can still serve a purpose in the NFL.

Don't you go dying on me, Todd!

 
At 11:37 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

As has been pointed out before, Todd doesn't have a lot of miles on him... On the other hand, he's got a Wuerffel-esque arm...and Stephen Hawking's pocket presence...

 
At 11:45 AM, Blogger rob said...

timmy, i laud your homage and have for you an i.o.u. for a lamborghini. it's a big one.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

275 thou. Might want to hang onto that one.

 
At 12:23 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

Geoff, the NFL Network is airing those America's Games you mentioned to me all afternoon -- Redskins seasons '82, '87, and '91. It's TiVo time.

 
At 12:27 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Yep--they're extremely well done...like a steak from TGIFridays. I found the '91 AG the most enjoyable. The other seasons were a little messy.

They also need to start doing those for historically bad team...the '07 Dolphins...the 93 Redskins, etc. Those would make for excellent TV.

 
At 12:32 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Jason LaConfora quotes a source close to Vinny Cerrato (probably the raquet ball pro at Bally's) who says Snyder has major wood for Cowher (I'm paraphrasing). I've never been too psyched about Cowher. You can't fuck with results, but at the same time he kind of strikes me as the white Herm Edwards.

And now would probably be a good time to discuss Mayhugh's insane hatred of all people with underbites.

 
At 12:35 PM, Blogger rob said...

snyder's so...predictable.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Conversely, John Clayton says the job is essentially Gregggggggggggg's--that Cowher is intent on sitting out til '09. Which is probably fine by Danny. One year with Williams...spend the whole season secretly wooing Cowher...and can Gregggggggg the day after the season ends...or maybe in the locker room after a loss in week 13.

 
At 1:07 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

Wait, I've seen this show before. Ah, yes, it's the Richie Petitbon "Era."

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger TNT said...

Wouldn't the Skins be better off pursuing Jason Garrett from the Cowboys? People seem very high on him plus you take away an important cog from a key opponent.

Or just hire Jerry. He won our fantasy league, so he clearly knows how to scout talent, who to play in key situations, and how to get the most out of his guys.

 
At 2:51 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Jason Garrett is very bright and a good OC...but his stock is a little higher than it deserves to be right now in my estimation.

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger TNT said...

How about Jerry's stock?

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Jerry's stock has been holding steady for the last 36 months or so...not falling behind, not showing off...

 
At 3:41 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Dan Snyder has "great passion and love for Joe Gibbs." No gay shit...

 
At 3:42 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

If Snyder's comments in this presser are any indication, he's going to go with Williams. He's talked about the importance of continuity and how happy he is with the current state of the team.

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Snyder, without a hint of self-awareness or irony, just had the great big brass balls to say "I'm a big believer in the concept of If It Ain't Broke Don't Fix It..."

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

I think the reporter's question put those words in his mouth, thoug -- "how importance is continuity based on where Joe Gibbs has this team?"

How about the cockwhistle who, amid Joe Gibbs talking about his family matters and Snyder paying some deep respects to the man, asks Snyder if he has called Bill Cowher yet? A time and a place, buddy. Get a clue.

 
At 3:45 PM, Blogger TR said...

Has anybody else gotten totally tired of the TMQ column?

He's more of a perv than Kevin Spacey in American Beauty. I wonder if he bums out his high school age kids.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

In all honesty, I think -- okay, well, I hope more than I think -- that Dan Snyder has gotten more wisdom and a sense of how to do things from 4 years of Joe Gibbs than he could have in 20 with any other coach.

I am curious, and a bit worried, to see whether there will be a return to form for Danny Boy or whether he's figured out how to treat people and do things the right way. I still don't care much for him, but I am optimistic he's grown up just a tad from the horrendous spoiled brat owner he was.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

TMQ has always aggressively sucked.

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Whitney said...

And TR calling out other people as pervs twice in two days has me chuckling.

 
At 3:51 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

I share your cautious optimism that the Gibbs 2 era has tempered some of Snyder's hideousness...the proof will be in the pudding. Mmmmm...pudding...

 
At 3:55 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Snyder "thinks [he] know[s] about how all the players feel about all of the coaches."

Really? REALLY? How does Ethan Albright feel about Greg Blache? How does Vernon Fox feel about Bill Lazor?

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger TR said...

One more thing: Don't compare Cowher to Herm unless Cowher has problems counting.

Watching Herm botch the clock management EVERY TIME when he coaches your time is like knowing you're about to be punched in the balls. The anticipation of it happening is agonizing, and the sheer pain of it happening is pure pain.

 
At 4:05 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

I never want Herm to coach my time.

 
At 4:11 PM, Blogger TR said...

What? A "Preview" button?

Whaddya expect from me and my 2.4 GPA?

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

The ESPN donkey on NFL Live just said that "the Redskins have 10 players that will each count at least $5 billion or more against next year's cap."

Ouch. By my count, that puts them almost 50 billion over the cap...they're REALLY gonna have to restructure some deals.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger TJ said...

Does Cowher have a guy to rival Herm's boy Dick Curl?

 
At 4:34 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Rod Bender

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger TJ said...

Penis Navy?

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Turd Ferguson

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger rob said...

ethan albright and i took in a performance of the nutcracker together on sunday. seems his daughter and mine are in the same dance company. his daughter's name: madelyn. unfortunate.

and, yes, i was the mvp of the event, checking the giants/bucs score furtively throughout.

 
At 4:45 PM, Blogger Geoff said...

Mr. Albright is tough to miss...what with his fiery red locks...and soft supple hands...

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger rob said...

he took out the sugar plum fairy and three little angels with a bouquet of flowers snapped punt-style.

 
At 6:54 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Florida opens their SEC schedule in Tuscaloosa tonight. I've got a bad feeling...

 
At 7:42 PM, Blogger rob said...

bama's got their own issues right now, mark. be interesting to see which team gets off to a good start in conference play.

 
At 11:12 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Wow, Rob's right. Bama blew that game.

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger rob said...

even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and again.

everybody pumped for a clinton/huckabee general election?

 
At 9:45 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

Arkansas...the most powerful state in America.

 
At 9:53 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

I'd like to congratulate Sally Jenkins on hating Daniel Snyder the most...of anyone... She wins. I don't have the energy to hate him that much anymore...

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger TJ said...

Yes you do: Gloria. Estefan.

 
At 10:30 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

Fucking Gloria Estefan...how I hate that bitch. 40% of my marriage is based on a shared hatred of Ms. Estefan.

I put up a new screed featuring an unprovoked undressing of a local hero...

 
At 10:33 AM, Blogger Jerry said...

I'm in the ATL for the day. No post from me until possibly tonight.

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger Geoff said...

Its congressional recess...I can give you a post an hour if need be.

 

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