- The Washington Times - Monday, August 21, 2006

I’ve covered all but three preseason games Joe Gibbs has coached since his return to the Redskins in 2004 and his demeanor following Saturday’s pathetic 27-14 loss to the New York Jets at The House That Jack Built was as ticked off as I’ve seen him.

No matter what question was answered, CEO Joe answered by saying he was concerned. He could have been asked if the sun was due to come up the next day and he would have said, “We’re all together in this — special teams, offense, defense, coaches. And I’m concerned.”

The players, rightfully so, took a different stance. The starters know it’s the preseason and know they have a new passing offense and know the Jets are taking the fake games more seriously. The Redskins will be ready to go on Sept. 11 against Minnesota. Period.

A colleague at The Times sent me an email early Sunday saying that Gibbs sometimes likes to say what he thinks the fans want to hear. And in this case, I’m sure much of Redskins Nation has their collective index finger hovering above the panic button so Gibbs acquiesced and said he, too, was worried.

He shouldn’t be worried.

The only thing Gibbs should be concerned about is injuries.

Gibbs should have played the starting offense more against the Jets so they could gain more experience in Al Saunders’ passing game. But other than that, it’s the PRESEASON! The Redskins went 0-2 to start last August and things turned up fine, didn’t they?

The Redskins return to practice today at 4:30 and play at New England on Saturday night.

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