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Joe Gibbs could be taking a Tuna-style role in D.C.

As the Washington Redskins continue to quickly unravel, the man who delivered the team’s only three Super Bowl trophies could soon be coming back.

Again.

There’s a rumor making the rounds that two-time former head coach Joe Gibbs could be returning in a role similar to the one occupied by Bill Parcells in Miami.  Gibbs would be responsible for hiring a G.M. and a head coach, and otherwise stabilizing the franchise without grinding away as a head coach.

We reported earlier this month that owner Daniel Snyder still consults with Gibbs, and that the two men had dinner in Charlotte the night before the Redskins’ loss to the Panthers.

For now, it’s just a rumor.  And it possibly flows from the fact that it makes a lot of sense.

Then again, the fact that it makes so much sense probably means it won’t happen.

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49 Responses to “Joe Gibbs could be taking a Tuna-style role in D.C.”
  1. dcfan-1212450 says: Oct 22, 2009 9:47 AM

    Oh please be true….

  2. FireJerryJones says: Oct 22, 2009 9:47 AM

    Just fire the guy and get on with it.
    Snyder is acting more like AL DAVIS every day.

  3. straverse says: Oct 22, 2009 9:50 AM

    Ha! This team is a disaster. Maybe the next step is for Gibbs to bring in Doug Williams to replace Campbell, Stephen Davis to replace Portis, and Joe Theismann to replace Zorn.

  4. db3300 says: Oct 22, 2009 9:53 AM

    The game has passed Gibbs by. He was out of it for too long. If he thinks Snyder will step back and let him run the show, he hasn’t been paying attention.

  5. PUR-D33 says: Oct 22, 2009 9:55 AM

    Wow, one can only dream…..
    As long as Snyder stays out of Gibbs ear, this concept could work.

  6. smiley says: Oct 22, 2009 9:56 AM

    We’ll take it…just get Vinny and Snidely out of the football decisions.

  7. lukestrass says: Oct 22, 2009 9:57 AM

    Daniel Snyder is grasping for anything….Joe Gibbs is not the answer….Every decision Daniel makes ends up smelling like a big wet fart

  8. DC Vikings Fan says: Oct 22, 2009 10:00 AM

    How many old men do they have to bring in to tell the boy emperor that he has no clothes? For all his success, there has been little indication that Gibbs is a personnel guy. He worked best when Beathard and Casserly were getting the talent and Vinny Cerrato was somebody else’s problem. Gibbs should stay home. If he takes the job, he will be doing it out of loyalty to an organization that doesn’t exist anymore.

  9. SkinsFanInNebraska says: Oct 22, 2009 10:00 AM

    This sounds potentially helpful.
    But the best efforts by Gibbs, or anyone else for that matter, will all come to nothing unless Dan Snyder finally decides to back off from trying to control the football operations.

  10. MMAchris1989 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:05 AM

    that sounds like a great idea

  11. dcfan-1212450 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:08 AM

    Gibbs still has it. 2 playoff appearances in 4 years in his last stint. Every other coach not name Gibbs in 30 years, 1 playoff appearance.

  12. SmackMyVickUp says: Oct 22, 2009 10:09 AM

    How many old men do they have to bring in to tell the boy emperor that he has no clothes?

  13. DanSnyderSux says: Oct 22, 2009 10:11 AM

    Joe Gibbs is probably the only man Dan Snyder will not meddle with nor try to control. Redskins fans can only hope. Meantime, I’d like to suggest the Redskins look to Baltimore’s Eric DeCosta as their next GM.

  14. dashoe says: Oct 22, 2009 10:11 AM

    LOL! There ya Snyder! Keep recycling failure.

  15. Krow says: Oct 22, 2009 10:11 AM

    If you’ve got an idiot owner and GM… who are not shy about making decisions… and have a penchant for ‘seagull management’… then you could have the greatest minds in football working for them to no avail.
    Danny Snyder… Jerrah Jones… Al Davis… the Three Stooges of NFL ownership. Rush Limbaugh is currently auditioning for the role of Shemp.

  16. moosev says: Oct 22, 2009 10:16 AM

    Gibbs is the right guy. Want proof? He left the NFL to start a NASCAR team. How’d that work out? 3 Championship his first 14 years. He surrounds himself with great people. Snyder had the Skins so screwed up when Gibbs took over. But 2 out of 4 seasons Gibbs took his team to the playoffs. Winning 1 game and getting screwed on a bad call away from going to the NFC Championship in ’05. Of course the expectation is always sky high with people like Gibbs. But how good does he look now as a coach 2 years removed from his 2nd stint? So yes, Gibbs would be HUGE for DC IF Snyder gets out of the way. And that’s a big IF.

  17. TheDPR says: Oct 22, 2009 10:18 AM

    I think Skins fans are finally getting it.
    It’s not the coach.
    It’s not the QB.
    It’s the owner.

  18. Hap says: Oct 22, 2009 10:19 AM

    Wait a minute ! Gibbs was supposed to be “In an advisor capacity all along” according to what was made public when he left. Let’s face it-ANYBODY could do better than what’s going on there now. I’d like the job. It’s not difficult at all to expand upon total collapse/failure. It is not a short term project. Joe won’t want to give what it will take. It’s a total reclamation project.

  19. Patches O'Houlahan says: Oct 22, 2009 10:25 AM

    I don’t think Gibbs is the answer. He wasn’t all that impressive when he came back to coach. He just needs to stay in NASCAR where he knows what he is doing. The NFL has passed him by.

  20. Brownwood26 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:28 AM

    No chance this changes things…Gibbs was there to set the course for the franchise in the 2.0 era and Danny departed from that as far as he could. The only way this works is if Gibbs makes all the calls and Danny keeps his grimey mitts off the football operation. I don’t see that happening.

  21. drmandopolis says: Oct 22, 2009 10:32 AM

    Gibbs 2.0 was a success in that he made 2 playoff appearances with essentially the same talent that the Redskins currently have, and of course he had only average starting QB’s. Now in 2009 they will be lucky to win 4 games all year. My concern is that Gibbs is almost 70 years old. I wonder how long he would last. Then what?

  22. gwinn1952 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:32 AM

    When will owners just be owners and stay out of the coaching part. All you have to do is look at Dallas, Washington, Oakland to name a few who owners have their hands in it too much….. These owners are like the waffling fans out there and we thought Brett waffled.
    Hire a respectable GM who can handle the day to day operation of the team as well hiring a coach and getting players to buy into the coach. Owners…just sit back and enjoy the game in your private boxes as it was meant to be.

  23. golongboyee says: Oct 22, 2009 10:35 AM

    moosev…..you are dellusional.
    First of all, winning in NASCAR isn’t a big deal if you have the money and can get a good driver. If I had the money, I could certainkly do it.
    2) The Redskins limped into the playoffs both years and shouldn’t have won against the Bucs. It was the Redskins getting the benefit of a bad call.
    Gee, things certainly can be made to look rosey in hindsite can’t they??????
    Gibbs II was a quantifyable bust……of course, compared to everything ELSE the skins have done, it was a success.

  24. Horatio says: Oct 22, 2009 10:38 AM

    And if Gibbs doesn’t work out again? (Which he won’t, because he’s NOT a personnel guy)
    What will Danny Boy do then? Dig up the corpses of George Allen and Vince Lombardi??

  25. smiley says: Oct 22, 2009 10:38 AM

    We’ll always be loyal to our Redskins…don’t ever think otherwise. We have the best bloody fans in sports. Always will…welcome back Joe.

  26. randy_hawkins says: Oct 22, 2009 10:47 AM

    I think Gibbs has been corrupted by Snyder so much that Gibbs will hire another yes man to make the masses feel good about themselves again. I don’t believe that Gibbs is in touch with today’s NFL.

  27. Hovenaut says: Oct 22, 2009 10:48 AM

    I’m a Joe Gibbs fan, but bringing him back in an official capacity just doesn’t make sense.
    What could be expected? At best he may stablize the roster and operations, at worst we’re looking at continued ineptitude.
    Gibbs 3.0 is a wishful proposal at best. Snyder would do best to truly find new personnel to grow the franchese anew w/ versus bringing folks back from the past in hopes of finding new glory.
    Gibbs the coach is great, Gibbs the football exec, not so sure. The guy thought Campbell was the second coming of Doug Williams, when we all know now he should have been drafted no higher than the second round.
    Keep dancing back and forth Danny, see how many steps forward you take.

  28. bigbillnocmd says: Oct 22, 2009 10:49 AM

    RUMOR? Seriously Florio?
    Gibbs needs to ride into the sunset. redskin fans will always cherish the man who brought rings to the skins!
    We need someone with a very big boot who will not be afraid to shove it up ANYONE’s ass. To be frank, cut players who suck and trade players who don’t perform to their abillity.
    If Danny doesn’t just be an “owner” this is all for not. he needs to just write checks and enjoy the games on Sundays. Let the football people fire, hire and need not to look over their shoulder because of an idiot owner who thin ks he can put together a football team.
    Please use this uncapped year to cut over payed players and not to sign more over priced premadonna’s. The penalties for cutting players will not hurt in this uncapped year coming. We can put ourselves in great position (salary cap wise) going forward.

  29. Air Arundel says: Oct 22, 2009 10:50 AM

    Joe Gibbs comes back and hires Bobby DePaul as GM. Done deal it should have happened when Joe was hired the last time. Great fit

  30. madarboretum says: Oct 22, 2009 10:52 AM

    You may as well bring in Pall Bearer to undertake this cadaverous enterprise. Cue the minor-chord dirge!

  31. INISHUL says: Oct 22, 2009 10:53 AM

    And where did this rumor come from Mike?
    …..No idea?….yeah
    It’s a non-story and simply-
    ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

  32. ham1 says: Oct 22, 2009 10:59 AM

    Joe really should distance himself from this mess. Stay away Joe and enjoy your family.
    As for you Danny, your an ass for asking this old man to come back and clean up your mess. There are other younger guns that can do the job if you just back off and let em. Call Kraft, he went through this crap before he wised up and quit trying to run everything
    BTW uh that “Mr. Snyder” power trippin shit, whats up with that shorty?

  33. LiveNBreatheFootball says: Oct 22, 2009 11:21 AM

    Joe did you not learn from your first experience with Danny Ball? He is obviously not listening to your advise NOW. He most ceertainly won’t just because he is paying you.
    The only solution to solving the Redskins problems is for Danny to realize he doesn’t know jack about football and needs to leave it to others who do. He can brag about his team all his wants, he can fleece fans all he wants — if he just lets anyone else on the planet make football decisions.

  34. Darcy says: Oct 22, 2009 11:21 AM

    On the Mike Wise Show in Washington, they just read a text message from Gibbs’ PR guy saying that he had been asked about this rumor, but Gibbs wouldn’t be doing this because he has too much other stuff he’s doing.

  35. GiantsDefenseRules says: Oct 22, 2009 11:22 AM

    Sounds like a smoke screen to me. I am sure Snyder does NOT want to have a hands off approach.
    It will be Holmgren or Shanahan next season. The Redskins are 0-2 on “up-and-coming” coaches. (Spurrier/Zorn).
    Maybe they would bring Marty-ball back to Washington?

  36. Big J says: Oct 22, 2009 11:23 AM

    The Redskins need a current football guy, not someone from the past. Gibbs would only be doing it for the money. Gibbs was great in the 80′s and early 90′s, but he’s been away too long.

  37. Air Arundel says: Oct 22, 2009 11:32 AM

    I had watched the game on Sunday and was impressed by all of the people dressed in their colors……
    Wait a minute it was all of the burgandy empty seats…..
    My eyes are playing tricks on me…
    I wouldn’t pay 40 dollars to park either……
    Think we should wear paper bags on our heads this week but please please dont wear the plastic ones it might draw to much attentiion…
    Can he sue me if I dont watch the game?…….

  38. Air Arundel says: Oct 22, 2009 11:33 AM

    I had watched the game on Sunday and was impressed by all of the people dressed in their colors……
    Wait a minute it was all of the burgandy empty seats…..
    My eyes are playing tricks on me…
    I wouldn’t pay 40 dollars to park either……
    Think we should wear paper bags on our heads this week but please please dont wear the plastic ones it might draw to much attentiion…
    Can he sue me if I dont watch the game?…….

  39. Air Arundel says: Oct 22, 2009 11:33 AM

    I had watched the game on Sunday and was impressed by all of the people dressed in their colors……
    Wait a minute it was all of the burgandy empty seats…..
    My eyes are playing tricks on me…
    I wouldn’t pay 40 dollars to park either……
    Think we should wear paper bags on our heads this week but please please dont wear the plastic ones it might draw to much attentiion…
    Can he sue me if I dont watch the game?…….

  40. smiley says: Oct 22, 2009 12:00 PM

    We heard you the first 2 times. Joe Gibbs would come back only if he wanted to…he doesn’t need the money. Hail!

  41. madarboretum says: Oct 22, 2009 12:05 PM

    You may as well bring in Pall Bearer to undertake this cadaverous enterprise. Cue the minor-chord dirge!

  42. jamaltimore says: Oct 22, 2009 12:29 PM

    Perfect timing with a possible strike coming up maybe grandpa gibbs can pick up a couple of scabs and take the team to a superbowl. The Redskins are the most overated/overvalued franchise in NFL. Here’s hoping they continue to be Danny’s sideshow for the next 25 years!

  43. bake says: Oct 22, 2009 1:00 PM

    if gibbs gets rid of cerrato on day 1, he could then build a team. Cerrato must go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    personnel decisions have been awful in every year gibbs wasn’t there. even when he was he laid a few eggs, but he got quite a few good starters……..problem was and is that the whole organization has neglected the offensive line, and jc ain’t turned out to be joe montana after all…………….

  44. Shofner85 says: Oct 22, 2009 1:39 PM

    Yeah, Gibbs will get them into the new millenium. He can use his talent evaluation chops to bring in OL and RB’s to run the “counter trey” (if any of today’s players have even heard of it …)

  45. leem says: Oct 22, 2009 1:44 PM

    i thought that was them at Golden Corral.
    I wasnt sure though since the dark haired guy ( snyder i guess)
    was sitting in a Booster Seat. It looked like his dad (gibbs i guess)
    was lecturing him pretty good. little guy was sweating and shaking his
    head, hanging his head and generally pouty.
    just passing it along. i didnt see uncle Vinne C anywhere
    unless he was that putz standing outside in the rain by the Escalade parked by the front door.

  46. HughJassPhD says: Oct 22, 2009 1:54 PM

    Gibbs is too old to coach. He’s probably to old to be GM.
    But he’s the right guy to hire and manage the GM & coach, because:
    1) He’s good a building organizations, and
    2) He’s the only guy that Danny MIGHT not meddle with.
    The best solution is to fire the owner, but that’s not going to happen.

  47. finsbooyah says: Oct 22, 2009 2:09 PM

    db3300 says:
    October 22, 2009 9:53 AM
    “The game has passed Gibbs by. He was out of it for too long.”
    What is your basis for this??? I seem to rememer Gibbs stepping in a bringing a franchise in turmoil (after Spurrier got his hands on it) back to a perennial (sp?) playoff contender. And… they haven’t made the playoffs since he left. Gibbs brought in good core players to build around (London Fletcher, Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley, Sean Taylor, Sean Springs, LaRon Landry, etc). It was the people in charge immedietly before and after Gibbs that screwed the Skins.

  48. bbwc1986 says: Oct 22, 2009 2:39 PM

    I would hardly call this team a perennial playoff team!!! They sucked just as bad with Gibbs as they do without him…Gibbs doesn’t get it anymore and looked lost on the sidelines…remember him calling back to back time outs to ice the kicker??? A HC needs to know all the rules….Joe coming back will only make things worse. If I remember correctly wasn’t Joe on board with making Zorn the HC??? Come on people! What the Redskins need is to have Joe Gibbs buy the team and pay a real GM to run it.

  49. football1970 says: Oct 23, 2009 1:01 AM

    Just about any Redskins fan would trade Daniel Snyder for Jerry Jones right about now.

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