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hurrykaine 01-19-2006 02:07 PM

Here comes one sports writer's apology letter to Gibbs
 
Four coaches who fall short on credit
Clark Judge

[url]http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/9173075[/url]

Joe Gibbs, Washington
It was at the NFL owners' meetings last March that Vinny Cerrato, the Redskins' vice president of football operations, asked me what I thought of his club and its playoff chances. I thought he was joking.

"Playoffs?" I said. "You won't win more than six games."

And I was right ... if the season ended Nov. 27. But there were another five games to play, and Washington -- 5-6 at that juncture -- won all of them. I still don't know how the 'Skins did it, but Gibbs can take a bow. This was a team that had no business making the playoffs, yet somehow, some way, it did.

Then it won there, too, beating Tampa.

I thought Washington would have problems at quarterback, and it didn't. Mark Brunell, who seemed washed up a year ago, breathed life into an offense that was listless for most of 2004. I thought the trade for Santana Moss was wrong, and it wasn't. All he did was score nine times and set a franchise record for yards receiving.

I thought Washington couldn't replace Antonio Pierce, and it did. I thought it couldn't replace Fred Smoot, and it did. I thought the team's offseason moves were reflections of a club that was lost, and it wasn't. It knew exactly what it was doing.

In short, Gibbs proved me -- and other detractors -- wrong with a late-season rally characteristic of the Hall of Fame coach. He did it the hard way, too, with his offense short-circuiting down the stretch, but that's why Gregg Williams makes the big bucks. Williams' defense carried Washington in its last two wins.

Did I say wins? Imagine that. For the first time in six years Washington had a winning season. Now you know why he's no ordinary Joe.

Mattyk 01-19-2006 02:09 PM

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Well, well, well, go figure, a Hall of Fame coach that knows more than a sports writer?!

Redskins_P 01-19-2006 02:16 PM

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[QUOTE=hurrykaine]Did I say wins? Imagine that. For the first time in six years Washington had a winning season. Now you know why he's no ordinary Joe.[/QUOTE]

Is that a shot at our boy Lenny P?

dmek25 01-19-2006 03:07 PM

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why put any thing into something written,unless its by an authority.positive or negative,forget about the writers

FRPLG 01-19-2006 03:24 PM

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[QUOTE=Redskins_P]Is that a shot at our boy Lenny P?[/QUOTE]
Without a doubt. It HAS to be.

firstdown 01-19-2006 03:31 PM

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Good letter, I realy don't have a problem with what writers think, but I do get agitated when they aren't man enough after all is said and done to say they were wrong.

skinsguy 01-19-2006 03:32 PM

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I love it! The Redskins are going to be everybody's love this year! I guarantee it!

ParkerGibbs 01-19-2006 03:38 PM

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[QUOTE=firstdown]Good letter, I realy don't have a problem with what writers think, but I do get agitated when they aren't man enough after all is said and done to say they were wrong.[/QUOTE]

I totally agree. Theyre human, like us. It only pisses me off when they seem to forget theyre human and present predictions and speculation as "factual". If you talk smack and end up being wrong, step up and be a man about it, dont make excuses as to why things went differently than you expected...

Big C 01-19-2006 07:11 PM

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glad to see one sports reporter giving us some due respect

GoSkins! 01-19-2006 09:56 PM

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Yep, that pretty much sums up what they all thought.

They were all wrong.

Great job Gibbs and Co.

djnemo65 01-20-2006 12:31 AM

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I fail to see how a team that won 11 games can be decried as one with no business being in the playoffs. We played the second hardest schedule in the league and still managed to make the tournament. San Diego was unable to do this playing a comparably difficult schedule, and they are a legitimately excellent team. Moreover, we were three meltdowns away from actually having homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. We were statistically one of the most balanced teams in football. So what's the problem?

Get used to it media. We're back.

Luxorreb 01-20-2006 06:26 AM

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I'm betting that more than a few 'analysts' pick Washington to win the NFC East and win the Superbowl. With the addition of Saunders and yet to be determined offseason moves... Shhhhhhhhhh. Think tank is working. Will we see any KC players come over?

Paintrain 01-20-2006 08:56 AM

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Classy move by the writer to admit he was wrong.. I'd like to see Pastabelly do that for once.. I guess he'll have his chance next year at XLI


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