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Old 03-11-2005, 05:43 PM   #46
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Re: Why the backstabbing?

Canuck - Gibbs did great things in the 80's. But this ain't the 80's no mo. I'm sure it was hard being on that offense last year. When you have a defense like we had, you have to win more than 6 games. It didn't require a lot of points.

If I were a player Herm Edwards seems like the coolest coach in the league IMO.
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Old 03-11-2005, 05:45 PM   #47
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I'm also sick of the "how many rings does XXX have."

Gibbs won three rings a long time ago. It was a different game. So far he has yet to prove he can win in today's NFL. This isn't saying he can't, but I'm letting Gibbs record speak for itself. He had plenty of talent and the best defense in the NFC. That's a lot to work with and he just made a mess.
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:11 PM   #48
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A blast from the past...

"This is a very demanding job. It's a long grind and I feel that after 20 years as a head coach, there are other things that I need to do. I appreciate all the support, especially from former Redskins players in the area and again, I wish we would have come closer to the success those players enjoyed under Coach Joe Gibbs."

Hmmm. It would seem that there have been 'far far better men' that came before Coach Gibbs that have acknowledged his success.
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:41 PM   #49
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That's a lot to work with and he just made a mess.
He's cleaning up a mess from the previous HC.



If you want to toss Gibbs' credentials aside, fair enough.

So explain what ye ol ball coach did to garner your complete support then??
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:44 PM   #50
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I'd hoped I'd have many great memories of Ramsey throwing TDs to LC all over the field. Instead I'll forever remember Coles as our $9 Million Dollar Baby.
Lav "$9 million dollar baby" Coles

Has a nice ring to it
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Old 03-11-2005, 08:24 PM   #51
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Matty - I've been critical of Spurrier too and said he needed to make some changes. Here are the main reasons.

Both coaches didn't TOUCH the defense. They left it up to their respective coordinators. Spurrier didn't get much help from Edwards (Lewis did a better job, but not like Williams), yet Spurrier scored more points per game, which was supposed to be what both coaches would do. I'm not totally tossing out his credentials, but is it or is it not a totally different game now? I mean, he knows his stuff, but the style of play has changed.

I've heard so many times how Gibbs was the master of half-time adjustments. Please name one critical half time adjustment Gibbs made this year? I saw our defense change after half-time, but never our offense. He seems to be a bit too stubborn to try something. I'm not saying Gibbs can't figure it out, but I feel like he's getting too much of a free pass.

The media thus far has been very soft on Gibbs, I'm curious if we go through more offensive struggles like we did last year if they'll continue to be that kind. Gibbs offense last year I'm shocked beat any other teams. Just watching it made me get sick to my stomach. Uninspired playcalling, and absolutely handcuffing Ramsey, we won't even talk about the Brunell era.

I want to see more innovation, more defensive spreading, and more fun from the skins. I don't care if we run the ball a lot, I rather like that. It's getting uber conservative with 15 minutes left to go and 7 points ahead. That's not going to hold it. Throw the ball some, spread the defense out with 4 WRs and run it. I feel we have A LOT of really solid talent on our Oline. Samuels, Jansen, Thomas, and Steven Seagal stunt double can push their man. How about we force them to take 8 out of the box and let Portis take it to the next level. I want some mixed up playcalling. Even opposing teams were talking about how easy the skins offense was to predict. When I heard players from other teams in the media they talked about being scared about what Spurrier could do, yet to hear anything like that about Gibbs.
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Old 03-11-2005, 09:44 PM   #52
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Here's a note to all the people who use the following as their knee-jerk retort:

"How many Super Bowl Rings does XXX have?"

Well, if that is the definitive criterion, answer this queston for me: Would you throw Joe Gibbs under the bus the instant that Chuck Noll said he'd like to try coaching again? Remember, Noll has four Super Bowl rings and never lost a Super Bowl game the way Gibbs did.

The correct answer xto that question is no, you wouldn't.

But it's not because of "the rings" and how many there are. If that is all it's about, you'd flip a coin between Joe Gibbs and Tom Brady as your coach. does that make any sense to anyone?

Joe Gibbs is one hell of a coach. But to players who are in thier 20s today, (such as L. Coles) what Givvs did in the 1980s is ancient history. Joe Gibbs' accomplishments are more similar to George Halas' accomplishments than they are to Bill Belichick's accomplishments.

We have Warpath posters here whose age preculdes them ever having seen some truly great players such as Jim Brown or Bobby Mitchell or Chuck Bednarik or NIght Train Lane. It is hard for them to put these players in perspective with current players; that's understandable. And that is why young players might not be awed by the idea of playing for Joe Gibbs. To some of then, he's a dinosaur that came back from the past. And the only frame of reference they have for such a situation is the movie Jurassic Park - - and that was not a totally pleasant experience.
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:34 PM   #53
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Matty - I've been critical of Spurrier too and said he needed to make some changes. Here are the main reasons.

Both coaches didn't TOUCH the defense. They left it up to their respective coordinators. Spurrier didn't get much help from Edwards (Lewis did a better job, but not like Williams), yet Spurrier scored more points per game, which was supposed to be what both coaches would do. I'm not totally tossing out his credentials, but is it or is it not a totally different game now? I mean, he knows his stuff, but the style of play has changed.

I've heard so many times how Gibbs was the master of half-time adjustments. Please name one critical half time adjustment Gibbs made this year? I saw our defense change after half-time, but never our offense. He seems to be a bit too stubborn to try something. I'm not saying Gibbs can't figure it out, but I feel like he's getting too much of a free pass.

The media thus far has been very soft on Gibbs, I'm curious if we go through more offensive struggles like we did last year if they'll continue to be that kind. Gibbs offense last year I'm shocked beat any other teams. Just watching it made me get sick to my stomach. Uninspired playcalling, and absolutely handcuffing Ramsey, we won't even talk about the Brunell era.

I want to see more innovation, more defensive spreading, and more fun from the skins. I don't care if we run the ball a lot, I rather like that. It's getting uber conservative with 15 minutes left to go and 7 points ahead. That's not going to hold it. Throw the ball some, spread the defense out with 4 WRs and run it. I feel we have A LOT of really solid talent on our Oline. Samuels, Jansen, Thomas, and Steven Seagal stunt double can push their man. How about we force them to take 8 out of the box and let Portis take it to the next level. I want some mixed up playcalling. Even opposing teams were talking about how easy the skins offense was to predict. When I heard players from other teams in the media they talked about being scared about what Spurrier could do, yet to hear anything like that about Gibbs.
The media has been soft on Gibbs?? A free pass? I hope you're kidding. It didn't take long at all for the media to forget about the return of the king stuff and start ripping him a new one on a weekly basis. Did you not see any of the "Gibbs should go" articles that were popping up on a weekly basis by midseason??

Who was scared of what Spurrier could do? Please. The only thing that was scary from Spurrier were his lame attempts at protection schemes and trying to run the football.

Gibbs is a Hall of Fame coach, I guess that's not impressive enough of a resume when compared to someone who scratches up ball plays in the dirt and pitches it around 50 times in a game because the weather is nice. But hey, to each his own I guess.
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Old 03-11-2005, 10:39 PM   #54
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Here's a note to all the people who use the following as their knee-jerk retort:

"How many Super Bowl Rings does XXX have?"

Well, if that is the definitive criterion, answer this queston for me: Would you throw Joe Gibbs under the bus the instant that Chuck Noll said he'd like to try coaching again? Remember, Noll has four Super Bowl rings and never lost a Super Bowl game the way Gibbs did.

The correct answer xto that question is no, you wouldn't.

But it's not because of "the rings" and how many there are. If that is all it's about, you'd flip a coin between Joe Gibbs and Tom Brady as your coach. does that make any sense to anyone?

Joe Gibbs is one hell of a coach. But to players who are in thier 20s today, (such as L. Coles) what Givvs did in the 1980s is ancient history. Joe Gibbs' accomplishments are more similar to George Halas' accomplishments than they are to Bill Belichick's accomplishments.

We have Warpath posters here whose age preculdes them ever having seen some truly great players such as Jim Brown or Bobby Mitchell or Chuck Bednarik or NIght Train Lane. It is hard for them to put these players in perspective with current players; that's understandable. And that is why young players might not be awed by the idea of playing for Joe Gibbs. To some of then, he's a dinosaur that came back from the past. And the only frame of reference they have for such a situation is the movie Jurassic Park - - and that was not a totally pleasant experience.
Don't think that today's younger players don't know who Gibbs is and don't respect his accomplishments. When he walked in the room to address the team for the first time it was said you could hear a pin drop.

A Hall of Fame coach with 3 rings will bring respect in any era.

If Lombardi rose from the grave today and walked into a team's locker room, does anyone think "today's player" wouldn't respect him?

Today's player might not be awed by a coach like Gibbs, but I'd bet the majority of them have a huge amount of respect for him.
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:04 AM   #55
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Matty - The media was VERY kind to Gibbs. Any other person in DC that left Brunell in like that, managed the clock that well, and had as utterly miserable of a season would have been ripped to shreds by fans and media alike.

I respect Gibbs' accomplishments just like many of the players do. However, that's then and this is now. None of the players there have a super bowl ring from the 80's, and they don't care what he did then. They want someone who can help them win today.

While Spurriers protections wasn't great, a big part of the problem was helston. Samuels said he tried to change his blocking technique. There were definitely problems with Spurriers system, however Gibbs system isn't lighting it up.

I'm not saying Gibbs can't coach in the NFL. I'm basing it on last year - as his accomplishments should be based. Recent history.

I heard interviews before games saying players have seen what Spurrier could do with offensive playcalling and they didn't know what to expect. Certainly didn't hear that coming from anyones locker room this year about Gibbs!

One more note about the media. Last year it was all on the players. Year before all on the coach. That should be a slight indication. We had nothing but upgrades in personel and all of a sudden the players aren't doing their job?
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Old 03-12-2005, 01:19 AM   #56
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Very kind? Perhaps not as harsh as they were on Spurrier during his 2nd year, but the criticism has definitely been there.

And if the criticism hasn't been has harsh as you may like, I know you don't want to hear it but perhaps it has something to do with the 3 trophies at Redskins Park and the bust in Canton. That deserves the benefit of the doubt for his first year back in the NFL in 12 years.

If the team stumbles again this year I think the criticism will definitely rise.
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:16 AM   #57
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Matty - I'm just saying they could have been much harder on Gibbs, and I'm sure there are some people that agree with me. Criticism has been there, but not in the same tone or as blatent with other coaches.

Listening to press conferences made me sick. No one asked him the hard questions, he got away with answering a lot of powderpuff questions. Not that he'd answer the hard questions anyways, but you should at least ask.
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Old 03-12-2005, 04:12 PM   #58
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I can't say I really remember Spurrier getting many hard questions relatively speaking then.

I mean Spurrier got "Are you not suited for the NFL?" and Gibbs got "Has the game passed you by"...really not much difference there
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Old 03-12-2005, 05:18 PM   #59
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I say let's ax the excuses for justifying the animosity directed toward coach Gibbs. If you hate Joe Gibbs, just step up to the plate and say so.
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:03 PM   #60
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I don't think the media was especially kind to Gibbs or extremely harsh on him either. The consensus seems to be that he has the tools to get the job done and he's a fantastic person, but the game might have passed him by.

As to Spurrier, I think the attitude was comparable; the guy has the smarts to get the job done, but the Pros are different from the SEC.

For obvious (and good) reasons, many people in the media and here on the Warpath give a TON of deference to Gibbs. I think a lot of people had inflated expectations of what Gibbs could do to our team and a 6-11 season won't dispell many of those sentiments. They won't lose faith in Gibbs even if we go 7-9 next season. Any criticism of Gibbs (however well reasoned and supported by facts) is a heretical attack on the Lord and is just plain dumb.

Conversely, a lot of people haven't given Gibbs enough time to show what's he capable of - one season isn't enough time to judge a coach.
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