Wed, January 7
The Redskins players, owner and organization as a whole just received a blessing with the hiring of Joe Gibbs. Owner Daniel Snyder is ecstatic because of Gibbs' organizational skills, leadership ability and the fact that Snyder can just sit back and own the team. He doesn't have to try to save a sinking ship anymore.
The players should be overjoyed because they are getting a coach who will respect them as long as they respect him and themselves. When I played for him, I used to call the team: characters with character. Coach Gibbs would treat us like men and expected us to act like men, yet he still allowed us to have fun. On Fridays, during the season, we would have barbecues and on Saturdays we'd have volleyball games before our special teams meetings. He put the onus on us to handle our position as football players and we appreciated it.
Coach Gibbs brings a couple of things to the Redskins. One, he gives the organization direction and discipline after it has only made the playoffs once since his departure 11 seasons ago. Second, he has the great ability to lead. But the essence of Joe Gibbs is what he does on Sundays. He's a great game day coach who does a wonderful job preparing his teams and adjusting at halftime. This is a great hire for the Washington Redskins.