The Washington Times - July 28, 2009, 03:47PM

During his 16 years with the Redskins, Joe Gibbs coached such troubled players as Taylor, Dexter Manley and Barry Wilburn — each of whom was suspended by the NFL.

In between those tenures, Gibbs was a consultant to Atlanta owner Arthur Blank when Michael Vick quarterbacked the Falcons.


A firm believer in redemption, Gibbs is glad Vick is getting a second chance in the NFL, but the coach believes the felon will have to be a starter to succeed.

“The only way you take a chance on Michael is if he solves your quarterback situation,” Gibbs said at a Dupont Circle signing for his new book, “Game Plan for Life.”

“You don’t sign him to be a backup, Wildcat [formation] or not. There’s going to be a huge P.R. nightmare if it goes the wrong way.”

- David Elfin