Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Joe Gibbs Resigns from the Redskins, Retires

A gigantic surprise to me

Joe Gibbs hit the wall. Despite what I thought and what Tom Boswell wrote today he's done. He has resigned as head coach and president of football operations after four seasons back with the team. He will remain in some advisory capacity to owner Dan Snyder.

I truly thought after all the adversity, the ups and downs of the games then Sean Taylor's death then the comeback and the playoff appearance that there was no way this would be it for this regime, that they would want to be here to move the team past this time and back to football. Joe Gibbs built this team and I really thought he wanted to stay.

But he's 67 and you can't keep this up for ever. He's had health issues and his grandson Taylor is battling leukemia.

No one can think ill of Joe Gibbs for deciding that pulling this team together after the 5-6 start and the death of Sean Taylor should be his final moment.

In his second tour with the team Joe Gibbs leaves the Redskins with a 30-34 (.47) record in the regular season and a 1-2 record in the playoffs.

Thank you Joe, let the search for the replacement begin. Hail to the Redskins.

Curly R's three part series on Joe's second go round in Washington starts here.

Joe Gibbs: Rusty Kennedy / AP photo from here.