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Old 10-08-2008, 09:37 PM   #31
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Great, great post Schneed. I agree with everything you said, but I believe there is one missing aspect that Joe should be loudly thanked for:

Backing Danny off. When Joe took the reigns, Snyder almost immediately went from front and center on football decisions to just the guy they showed in the owners box on Sundays. We went from a real life "fantasy football" team full of ridiculous blunders as far as player acquisition, to a sound, disciplined organization (I know, I know, Llyod and Arch as the exceptions).

Snyder grew up a huge Skins fan and idolized Coach Joe. Joe did a wonderful job of helping Danny grow into the proper role of a good owner, and Danny finally started allowing football people make the football decisions. I'll never forget the way Danny handled the Sean Taylor situation. I gained a TON of respect for him after that tough time. At that moment, it became crystal clear to me just how much positive influence four years of being around Gibbs has had on the man.

For that Joe, I say another resounding THANK YOU!
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Old 10-08-2008, 09:43 PM   #32
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A+ Schneed!!! Fantastic post. This should be published. It's that good!!!
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:27 PM   #33
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Wow, much love. Thanks.

It's an interesting debate, would we be 4-1 with Gibbs at the helm. So tough to say. Campbell clearly has taken a leap this year, seems like Gibbs could have come up with something to make good use of that. Then again, maybe Campbell has taken said leap because of Zorn's teaching.

It's an impossible thing to sort out, but all I know is Gibbs did a hell of a job building this franchise, and Zorn is doing a hell of a job guiding it.

In the end, it just feels great to be a Redskin fan these days. Even greater than normal.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:37 PM   #34
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You better believe it buddy!
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Old 10-09-2008, 12:18 PM   #35
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great post...i was just having this same discussion with someone the other day...I was making the point of how Joe Gibb's brought back respectability and Redskin pride. Hail Joe Gibbs for putting these players together and Hail to Jim Zorn for the way he has run with this thing. I know its early but who would have thought we would have been 4-1 after the first 5 games? Not me...I saw 3-2 or 2-3 at best....
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Old 10-09-2008, 11:53 PM   #36
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I thought this went well this thread

Washington Times - Building with Gibbs' guys
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:52 AM   #37
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Great post Schneedster. I'm a huge Gibbs fan and agree with everything you wrote.

That being said, I will go on record as saying that we would not be 4-1 if Gibbs were still here. Zorn is pretty much the anti-Gibbs with the way he calls plays, his go-for-the-throat mentality at the end of games, and his funny sideline antics. And I think this is just what the team needed.

The Gibbs II years had so many egos (Gibbs, GW, Saunders...) and there was always a level of stress and pressure on everyone to perform. Zorn and his "no-name" staff bring a fresh attitude and it seems like everyone is having more fun out there.

It's like Zorn doesn't know the "rules":

- No other Skins coach in the last 30 years (or ever) has won his first game in Dallas? Sorry wasn't aware...

- The Philly game was supposed to be a letdown after the big Dallas win, especially after trailing 14-0 and sitting on the brink of a blowout? Didn't know that...

- With 2:30 left in the game and 4th-and-1 from the opponents 40 we're supposed to punt and play D? Sorry not my style...

Gibbs put all the pieces in place and Zorn's style seems to be taking them to a new level (especially Campbell). So I think they both deserve a lot of credit.

Of course it's early and I'm really trying to contain my excitment, but right now me so Zorny.
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Old 10-10-2008, 12:05 PM   #38
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We should take with a grain of salt things about clock management, gameplanning, playcalling, aggressiveness and other strategic decisions only because a coach can be great at things one year and then awful the next for no good reason at all.

However, thus far (5 games) Zorn has made basically all the statistically "correct" decisions. And it's hard to argue that it hasn't helped the Redskins win a bunch of tough games. I'll just argue that his luck will likely even out over time.
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Hey Schneed, I don't know how to post links, but your tribute to Gibbs made the Redskins Blog.
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Hey Schneed, I don't know how to post links, but your tribute to Gibbs made the Redskins Blog.
Really? Just copy/past the link. That's awesome!
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Just check the Linkbacks at the top of this thread. It's right there
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Just check the Linkbacks at the top of this thread. It's right there
Not sure how to use the linkback feature. It just gives me the think to this thread.

EDIT: I found it, but I still don't know how to use linkback...
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:39 PM   #43
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Not sure how to use the linkback feature. It just gives me the think to this thread.

EDIT: I found it, but I still don't know how to use linkback...
Under the Linkbacks you'll see "Posted by"

Click on the URL under there
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Old 10-10-2008, 10:51 PM   #45
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Smoot, could you or GMScud post the link? It's on Redskins Blog on The Official Site of The Washington Redskins. Thanks, I can't figure it out.
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