- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 10, 2008

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Redskins 360: Ryan O’Halloran and Lindsay Czarniak engage in their weekly debate on all things Redskins and NFL.

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LOCAL POWER RANKINGS

1. JOE GIBBS

My only knock on the Hall of Famer walking away for the second time is that things could be blown apart with a new coach and several assistants and players will be looking for work.

2. BILL COWHER

Unless the guy has serious financial problems - and that doesn’t appear to be the case - why touch the Redskins’ situation when the front office setup won’t change and the depth chart has some holes?

3. JASON CAMPBELL

Because of a dislocated left kneecap and a late-season winning streak, he has gone from the Present/Future Quarterback to possibly competing for the job. The new coach must cement No. 17’s status as QB1.

4. GREGG WILLIAMS

He got endorsements from nearly a dozen players Tuesday to be Gibbs’ successor. Yet the vibe during the press conference is the search will be drawn out and include outside-the-house names.

5. THE DANNY

Searching for a person who will serve as his fifth coach (in less than a decade), this is a huge decision for Snyder, who risks alienating the locker room if he doesn’t make an in-house hire.

TWT FIVE - CLICHES OF JOE GIBBS 2.0

1. “Fought their guts out.” If Joe had to talk about the Redskins playing a chess match, he undoubtedly would use this cliche to describe their effort afterward.

2. “Super smart.” It can be argued Joe used this term to describe every coach and player that was with him during his four years, with the possible exception being Rod Gardner.

3. “He was rockin’ and rollin’/He was slamming it.” Clinton Portis is one of Joe’s favorite players, and even if he were averaging 2.1 yards a carry, Portis would be heaped with praise.

4. “Up here.” A hallmark of his press conferences for all four years. Obviously, up here refers to the NFL, but it could also refer to his Northern Virginia residence compared to his manor in North Carolina.

5. “Great story.” This would be when Coach Joe would turn into Joe the Journalist, dropping names of role players who he thinks would make for interesting copy.

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