Is Gibbs III a Good Idea?

The hot rumor of the day is that Joe Gibbs could be back to try and bail out the amazingly more dysfunctional every day Washington Redskins.  Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk at www.profootballtalk.nbcsports.com is reporting that there may be a third coming of Gibbs to the Skins organization.

This would not be a third head coaching stint, however.  Dan Snyder would bring Joe Gibbs back to assist in bringing in a GM and the next coach.  This is just a rumor at this point, so let’s examine the pro’s and con’s of this possibility.

Gibbs III would be a bad idea because…

  • There were mixed results when Gibbs shared a joint role with Cerrato, Snyder as a Team President role. Adam Archuleta and Brandon Lloyd are just two of the misjudged people brought in to help the Washington Redskins during Joe Gibbs’ watch.  Those two players alone set the Skins back in dead cap money, roster spots and potential development of other players.
  • Would Gibbs have the time and will necessary to really turn this organization around in the long run. As screwed up as the Redskins are, there is a potential that this is going to get worse even next year.  The Skins need a major overhaul of the structure from which this organization operates.  Gibbs has a ministry he’s in charge of, he has a racing team, and a host of other things down in North Carolina.  For that reason, Jason Reid says that a source close to Gibbs thinks it’s unlikely that it will happen.  He’s just too busy.
  • Joe Gibbs worked very closely with Cerrato and Dan Snyder when he came back, is he willing to make the wholesale changes to the front office that it seems like the Skins need? There’s a reason that Dan Snyder and Joe Gibbs still stay in touch beyond the fact Gibbs was the last coach here.  How many of the ex-coaches under Snyder’s tenure does he still have some kind of a relationship with?  Does that tell us something?  Is Gibbs strong enough to finally put a “real” General Manager with real power in charge?  If they are close friends is he going to actually be able to keep Snyder out of the kitchen?
  • Does Gibbs still have the contacts after being out of the league for the past few years to accurately assess who should be here for the job?
  • Will fans dismiss this as a simple public relations move without substance and be even angrier with Snyder and the front office?

Gibbs III is a good idea because…

  • Gibbs is the only remaining link with the former success of the Redskins that has any ties to the organization. Gibbs knows what this heap of a mess used to look like when it was a championship winning team.  He knows what it should look like unlike the garbled mess that has been created by current management.
  • He had some success in personnel while he was here. Cooley, Moss, and Portis were brought in during Gibbs’ tenure.  These were major additions to this team and have been some of the only bright spots during the Skins past few seasons.
  • There is no one above Gibbs, not even Snyder. When Gibbs stepped back onto the scene Snyder stepped back.  It was amazing to see.  Gibbs has the respect of the owner and experience to back it up.  With any other person hired by Snyder comes along the possibility that it becomes a situation that we are currently dealing with.  Where someone is brought in but has no real authority to make things happen or staying power to weather the hard times (where real character and experience comes from).
  • There’s no way on God’s green earth Gibbs would keep Vinny, right? Could anyone?  This, and point #3 are probably the biggest things to hope for if Gibbs were to come back as a more hands-on consultant.  The real problem has been picking, keeping and signing talent.  The real problem has been not having a clear long term direction to take this franchise.

My Thoughts

I know there is a sentiment among Skins fans that Gibbs II was a complete failure.  I understand but disagree.  One of the things that I enjoyed most about it was that there was a coach who I knew I could trust was doing everything he knew how to fix things, was given the authority to do so and had the experience and character to back it up.

Jim Zorn could have eventually turned out to be a great coach here.  Unfortunately he was not given anywhere near the respect or authority Gibbs was on his return.  Zorn has been humiliated and dishonored here, as has our franchise’s once proud reputation.  Gibbs has a chance to bring stability back to Washington by setting up a map for the future and if there is anyone that could persuade Snyder, it would be him.

Your Thoughts

Do you think a Gibbs return would put this franchise in a better or worse situation for the future?

Other Links

Dan Steinberg sums up some of the latest analyst chatter about the Skins and our possible open head coach position.

Washington Post writers Jason Reid and Rick Maese say that Jim Zorn considered walking after the “suggestion” of giving up offensive play calling decisions.

If you haven’t read this piece Mike Wise wrote on John Kent Cooke, read it.  Now.

2 Comments to “Is Gibbs III a Good Idea?”

  • Matt October 22, 2009 at 9:22 PM

    That’s a good point. This might just be another attempt to get the fans off his back. If there was ever a way to buy more time, it would be to get the rumor started that Gibbs could be involved.

    In fact, you remember when Gregg Williams was passed over by Cerrato and Snyder for the Head Coach position here? They leaked to the press (though no one believed them) that Williams disrespected Gibbs. This was patently untrue but was them using Gibbs’ name to justify a decision made that the fan base would not like. The same could be happening right now. The fan base is upset with Cerrato, the offensive line and the way the front office is handling Zorn. How can we get them off our back? Hmmm…

    Then again, it might be the only way Cerrato actually goes. If Gibbs can get Grimm in here next year and a young GM that Snyder will leave alone… Well that’s a whole different ball game.

    Thanks for the post, we’ll see how it plays out.

  • Bob October 22, 2009 at 9:00 PM

    Great blog. For some reason, I just think that once again Danny is taking advantage of our love for the team, and Joe Gibbs.

    I don’t understand why Gibbs? He has been gone too long. Let us just remember him from the days of his first run with the Redskins.

    We need younger coaches and GM’s. Enough of the old players and coaches. Look at Denver, Pittsburgh, Baltimore and the Jets. Need I say more.



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