Gibbs to Resign as Coach and Team President

Posted by: PennSkinsFan on Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

In a shocker for Redskins fans, HC and legend Joe Gibbs will resign as Head Coach and Team President of the Washington Redskins.

Joe Gibbs returned to Washington in 2004 in a shocking move to nearly the entire fan base. His return was heralded as the savior of the franchise, but Gibbs struggled to gains wins like his predecessors Steve Spurrier and Norv Turner. Although Gibbs led the Redskins to two wild card berths, he ever finished with a playoff berth beyond wild card and finished with a total record in Gibbs Era II of 31-36.

In Joe Gibbs entire career, there has never been a more challenging career than this season. From the tragic loss o Redskins star Sean Taylor to losing 6 starters to season ending injuries, to a embarrassing second timeout call, the Redskins have had insurmountable problems, yet Gibbs, in perhaps his finest coaching of his glorious career, led the Redskins to 4 straight wins and a wild card berth after sitting at 5-7 a day after the Redskins laid Sean Taylor to rest. With the enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring 4-0 finish, most in Redskins Nation felt Joe Gibbs was revitalized and ready for a 2008 return. The resignation comes as a shocker to most.

Now the move to who will replace Joe Gibbs, if the replacement is not already in place. The leading candidate has to be loyal Def Associated Head Coach Gregg Williams. Other names circulating are former Pittsburgh Coach Bill Cowher, USC Coach Pete Carroll, and Arizona OL Coach and former Redskins Russ Grimm.

NOTE: WTEM 980 reports that Joe Gibbs will remain inside the Redskins organization as an advisor to team owner Daniel Snyder.

UPDATE: Redskins center Casey Rabach says:

I’d love to see Gregg 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.

WR Antwaan Randle-El also supports Gregg Williams for head coach:

I want the best coach for the job and Gregg is certainly at the top of the list, no doubt. I would love to see him get it just ’cause we’ve gotten going with the crew that we have here. I would love to see Gregg keep it and let’s keep our offensive coordinator. Let’s keep all that intact.

UPDATE: from JLC at the Wash Post on former Steeler Coach Bill Cowher …

Now, as I mentioned earlier Cowher would want full roster and personnel control and probably want to bring some of his own people in as well on that side of things, and it could mean that someone like Vinny Cerrato got shifted to more of a consulting role as well.

But I spoke to a source who knows Cerrato well who said he believes it will be Bill Cowher. He thinks that Cowher will get the keys to the kingdom and become the first $10-million coach, or in that range. “He’s going to want the power Parcells had in Dallas,” the source said. “Cowher’s going to want to shop for the groceries. He lives in North Carolina, that keeps him pretty close to his home. I think that’s where this thing is going.”

A list of possible successors to Gibbs includes Jason Garrett of Dallas, Russ Grimm of Arizona, Mike Singletary of San Francisco, Jim Caldwell of Indianapolis, Rex Ryan of Baltimore and Brian Billick of Baltimore.

Speaking only for myself [Spence], I regard a Billick hiring the way I regard 12 feet of razor wire being inserted into my backside — painful, humiliating and unnecessary.

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