Warpath  

Home | Forums | Salary Cap Info | Shop | Donate | Stay Connected




Go Back   Warpath > Redskins Forums > Redskins Locker Room


Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Redskins Locker Room


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-14-2005, 09:44 PM   #1
Special Teams
 
gortiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 498
Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

By Rich Tandler Editor-in-Chief
Date: Jul 14, 2005


In Joe Gibbs' next-to-last year with the Redskins, training camp and the presason games were, by any measure, terrible. However, there didn't seem to be much carryover into the 1991 regular season.
If you asked 100 NFL coaches to make a list of they thought the major components to a successful season were, chances are that it wouldn’t take very long before 99 of them came up with some variation of, “We need to have a preseason free of distractions, no holdouts. And, while winning preseason games isn’t that important, we need to look sharp in those games.”

Joe Gibbs certainly would have been counted among the vast majority here; in that respect, he was no different from any other head coach in the league. He was, however, different from the pack in that he was very adept at dealing with the distractions that were a part of life in the National Football League. Perhaps the ultimate disruption is an in-season work stoppage. There have been two such events in NFL history, in 1982 and again in 1987. Gibbs’ Redskins won the Super Bowl both of those seasons.

Going into the 1991 season Gibbs’ ability to deal with turmoil was again put to the test. While no strike was being threatened, not all of the players were present in training camp. Most notably, starting quarterback Mark Rypien was absent due to a contract dispute.

He missed ten days of camp before agreeing on a deal to report. Rypien wasn’t a fan favorite before his holdout and his late arrival to camp in Carlisle, Pennsylvania did nothing to endear him to the spectators at Biddle Field. Every errant throw—and there were a lot of those as Rypien wasn’t very sharp—drew boos from the stands, a sound almost never heard in camp.

The spectators weren’t the only ones who expressed their displeasure with Rypien. A team official ripped Ryp to the Washington Post, saying that the quarterback was “in for a long year. This holdout was a terrible mistake. He has put all kinds of pressure on himself.”

Rypien wasn’t the only one whose ability was being questioned. There was a core of players who had spearheaded the team through its run of success, players such as Art Monk, Jeff Bostic, Joe Jacoby and Monte Coleman. Many observers wondered aloud about how much they had left in the tank.

One of those questioning the makeup of the team was owner Jack Kent Cooke. He challenged the makeup of Gibbs’ team, even to the point of saying that he preferred the team that Jimmy Johnson had put together in Dallas. The coach assured the owner that he could win with the group that he had.

The team’s performance on the field during the preseason did nothing to justify the coach’s confidence. All phases of the game looked suspect as they were 1-2 going into the last preseason game against the New York Jets in Columbia, South Carolina. The exhibition should have been a final tune-up; instead, the performance was one of a unit that appeared to be in need of a major overhaul.

In particularly bad shape was the secondary. In three quarters of play, with most of each team’s first units on the field, Jet quarterback Ken O’Brien completed 20 of 29 passes for 194 yards. Cornerback Martin Mayhew played so poorly he was benched in the second half.

Defensive coordinator Richie Petitbon was characteristically blunt, saying, “We're just terrible right now.”

Rypien didn’t have particularly bad numbers in his three quarters, but he did throw an interception that led to a New York field goal.

"I think this is the poorest we've played since my first year here," Gibbs said after the 13-9 loss. "It's just an across-the-board thing. We're not smooth in any area. I don't know what else to say. We've been like this for a couple of weeks now, and I'm not sure why."

Answers had to come quickly. In the hours after the game, the final cutdown had to be made. The team would open up against the Detroit Lions, who were practitioners of the Run-and-Shoot offense, a wide-open passing scheme that put pressure on the secondary, which just so happened to be the team’s worst-performing unit.

Gibbs, as was his custom, fretted as he addressed the media in the days prior to the opener, lamenting everything from injuries to tough roster decisions to the poor preseason play. He did show a glint of optimism when he said, “Maybe we can bounce out of it. It's going to take a great effort every week, with us fighting our guts out. . . . Maybe that's the kind of year it's going to be.”

Bounce out of it the Redskins did. A little over a week after their dreadful performance in South Carolina, they dominated the Lions 45-0. They never looked back, going 17-2 and winning Super Bowl XXVI. The MVP in that game? Mark Rypien, of course.

Great Gibbism at the end there ... "fighting our guts out. . . . " I hate bringing up the past, I know it can be weak, but this is good article - not a bad blast from the past.
gortiz is offline   Reply With Quote

Advertisements
Old 07-14-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
The Starter
 
Riggo44's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: San Clemente CA
Age: 40
Posts: 2,389
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Good article gortiz. It's kinda funny how nobody remembers any of that early trouble.
__________________
Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
Benjamin Franklin
Riggo44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2005, 10:30 PM   #3
Thank You, Sean.
 
Gmanc711's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Gaithersburg, MD
Age: 28
Posts: 7,499
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

It's kinda nice to read somthing like with some of the "trouble" we have had this offseason. It shows that Gibbs can deal with this type of situation and still power out of it. I just hope this season can be just a little of what 91' was.
__________________
#21
Gmanc711 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2005, 10:34 PM   #4
Uncle Phil
 
SmootSmack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 44,638
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

If I remember right that summer after one preseason game, Gibbs was notified by local sports reporter Steve Buckhantz that Playboy magazine had picked them to do really well that season and Gibbs went ballistic "Playboy, who the hell is Playboy?! What do they know about football?" Pretty funny stuff
__________________
You're So Vain...You Probably Think This Sig Is About You
SmootSmack is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2005, 10:43 PM   #5
Special Teams
 
gortiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 498
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Quote:
Originally Posted by TAFKAS
If I remember right that summer after one preseason game, Gibbs was notified by local sports reporter Steve Buckhantz that Playboy magazine had picked them to do really well that season and Gibbs went ballistic "Playboy, who the hell is Playboy?! What do they know about football?" Pretty funny stuff
I remember that the skins were actually predicted to do well also, but after that preseason I'm sure they had a lot of people jump off the "bandwagon."
gortiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2005, 09:11 AM   #6
Special Teams
 
jermus22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Martinsburg, WV
Age: 31
Posts: 334
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Great article. The 1991-92 season is a perfect example of Gibbs' ideal team. All of the guys on the team were team players and hard workers.
According to a website that statistically breaks down the best teams of all time (based on schedule difficulty and wins/losses record), the '91 'Skins were the second best team ever (behind the '85 Bears). The schedule was extremely tough that year yet the 'Skins won by an average of sixteen points per regular season game and none of the postseason contests were even close. And that team had a bunch of old veterans and nobodys who did their job well.
__________________
Win it in the trenches.
jermus22 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2005, 09:50 AM   #7
Special Teams
 
crlesh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Boston, MA
Age: 38
Posts: 142
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Great post! This one brought back a lot of memories. I remember listening to that season opening game against Detroit on the radio. I was painting my parents' house and didn't have a TV but brought my radio just to listen. After that game, I just had this feeling that we were going all the way to the SuperBowl that year.

A write-up like this really puts me in an optimistic mood for the coming season...
crlesh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2005, 10:58 AM   #8
Pro Bowl
 
skinsguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Posts: 6,520
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

That's a wonderful article! Just yesterday on ESPN Classic, they had the highlights from the Redskins-Dolphins Super Bowl in '82. My fiancée had called me on the phone, and I have to say I wasn't paying much attention to her....lol!!!
__________________
Not the same Skinsguy that posts on ES.
skinsguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2005, 06:39 PM   #9
Special Teams
 
gortiz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 498
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Quote:
Originally Posted by skinsguy
That's a wonderful article! Just yesterday on ESPN Classic, they had the highlights from the Redskins-Dolphins Super Bowl in '82. My fiancée had called me on the phone, and I have to say I wasn't paying much attention to her....lol!!!
thats damn funny ...
gortiz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2005, 03:16 PM   #10
Pro Bowl
 
SKINSnCANES's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: New Jersey
Age: 32
Posts: 5,413
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

haha skinsguy. Good stuff. Itll be nice if in a year or two we can read an article about Gibbs turning things around again..
__________________
"I'm used to winning, coming from the University of Miami. " Clinton Portis
SKINSnCANES is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 10:31 AM   #11
Pro Bowl
 
skinsguy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Greensboro, North Carolina
Posts: 6,520
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

.....and to hear about how the media never thought for on second that Gibbs was "over the hill." ;-)
__________________
Not the same Skinsguy that posts on ES.
skinsguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2005, 08:24 PM   #12
The Starter
 
monk81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 2,029
Re: Camp Old School: 1991, Team Turmoil

Aw Great memories!!! Good Stuff!!! Never lose faith in Joe............ :
It's funny that I don't even remember Ryp holding out that year........guess you just remember the results
__________________
"It's absolutely criminal, in my opinion, that Monk has yet to be enshrined (in the Pro-Football Hall of Fame)" Dan Arkush PFW
monk81 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site is not officially affiliated with the Washington Redskins or the NFL.
Page generated in 0.52091 seconds with 9 queries

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0 RC5

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25