The first time Joe Gibbs retired in 1993, he left Redskin Park as a conquering king, a three-time Super Bowl winner bound for Canton. The atmosphere yesterday at his Second Farewell Address was decidedly different. Coach Joe seemed more like an outgoing one-term president — not a failure, necessarily, but a man who was leaving behind a fair share of unfinished business.
Joe Gibbs checked the life-expectancy charts and recognized that, at 67 years old, he is possibly down to the last decade of his life.
One month ago, with the Redskins on the verge of another lost season, the notion of Joe Gibbs stepping down was a popular one. He had lost it, fans said. Couldn't do it anymore.
SEATTLE — When Antwaan Randle El scored a 7-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, he set a personal high with 10 catches in a game.
This isn't Joe Gibbs' greatest team, but it might be his most battle tested. Seriously, what playoff club this season has encountered higher hurdles than the Redskins?
In the last month, the Washington Redskins proved they could handle the worst kind of adversity: the murder of their best player. They rallied together after Sean Taylor's death to win three straight games to put themselves in position to clinch an NFC playoff berth.
A month ago when the Redskins were dragging along at 5-7, everybody was asking me whether Joe Gibbs should be fired — fans, radio interviewers, my dentist, everybody. In fact, they posed a much more leading question than that: Shouldn't Joe Gibbs be fired? I gave them all the same answer:
Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor was shot and critically wounded early this morning at his South Florida home, according to Miami-Dade Police and the team.