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Gibbs offers first-hand account of winter "nightmare" in New Jersey

There are two schools of thought about playing the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey: Some people think football is meant to be played in the elements and the Super Bowl should be no different, while others think the Super Bowl is a uniquely significant sporting event that ought to be played under the best of conditions.

Giving ammunition to those in the latter camp is former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who reminisced in a radio interview about coaching at Giants Stadium in the NFC Championship Game on January 11, 1987 and said the NFL should hope it doesn’t get the kind of weather for Super Bowl XLVIII that his Redskins got that day.

That was a nightmare,” Gibbs said on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio, via the Washington Post. “I think what we’ve got to pray for is for the Super Bowl day, the day of the game, you gotta have decent weather. You can have some nightmare situations in New York, that far north, particularly that time of the year.”

Obviously, the fact that Gibbs views that game as a nightmare is due mostly to the fact that his team lost. The Giants, who won 17-0, likely don’t remember that game as a nightmare.

But Gibbs does have a valid point that the weather had a huge effect on that game. The Giants actually kicked off at the start of both halves because they won the coin toss and chose to take the wind. The Redskins were bothered by the wind all day, struggled in the kicking game and averaged 3.0 yards a pass.

“I think we had a chance to get one pass downfield and we missed that one, and that was it,” Gibbs recalled. “Wrap it up. I mean, you’re not going anywhere. And it is going to be a tough, tough situation if something like that comes up in New York.”

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57 Responses to “Gibbs offers first-hand account of winter "nightmare" in New Jersey”
  1. BleedGreen says: May 27, 2010 11:45 AM

    So it was windy? Thats not weather. Thats wind. It can be windy in Miami, Jacksonville, San Diego, anywhere. Just cuz its windy doesn’t mean its cold. Maybe they should all play in a vacuum so that theres no wind, no rain, now humidity, no nothing. Just men playing a game and crying about the elements!

  2. DanSnyderSux says: May 27, 2010 11:47 AM

    VERY bad memory for Skins fans. But the thing I remember the most is, after the game, when a concussed Jay Schroeder staggering off the field, woozy, with his hair standing up on end.

  3. Ghost Mutt says: May 27, 2010 11:49 AM

    Jesus Florio, can you seriously stop posting this inane rubbish. I never criticise the site, as you provide a great free service, but however slow a newsday it is the persistence with this topic is incredibly dull.
    “Former coach agrees with me that NY superbowl is bad”
    “Numerous coaches also want superbowl in their city, now that NY has got one”.
    “People will be cold”
    It’s just a large variation on the same boring theme

  4. Stinger9 says: May 27, 2010 11:50 AM

    So today Gibbs has a valid point, but yesterday Bisciotti was full of it?

  5. downwithdansnyder says: May 27, 2010 11:50 AM

    What about the multi-million dollar half time show and all of the family events that happen the week of the super bowl? It’s not all just about game time.
    The half time show could be the true cluster…

  6. EverybodyGotAIDS says: May 27, 2010 11:51 AM

    To be fair, the 86 skins team wasn’t exactly an aerial show. They threw for a bunch of yards, but Schroeder’s completion % was 51% for the season.
    He still threw the ball 50 freakin times in that loss to the Giants, also, so it’s not like they abandoned the pass or anything. They just weren’t that good. Phil Simms only threw the ball 14 times, but had a passer rating in the mid 90s and got a TD.
    Beat by a better team with a better gameplan, who was able to adjust according to the elements. It happens.

  7. Rev. Dr. HollywoodWags says: May 27, 2010 11:54 AM

    I feel so bad for the gentle sportswriters who will have to brave the frozen climes of the daunting northeast.
    I am going to try to get more global warming to occur so that Bill Plaschke and Moe Florio can be comfy and not have to snuggle with each other to stay warm. It must just be absolutely frightening for those men!
    Winter! No vacation and junkets and free golf! The horror! The horror! The horror!

  8. WingT says: May 27, 2010 11:54 AM

    Hey PFT, do you guys plan on writing about this for the next 4 years?
    Can’t we all just move on?

  9. AlanSaysYo says: May 27, 2010 11:55 AM

    OK, so no cold weather games ever. Is that what we’re saying.
    This is all going to be irrelevent when the weather at kickoff for the NY Super Bowl is 42 degrees and clear.

  10. Kevin says: May 27, 2010 11:55 AM

    I guess you should have run the ball better then, Joe Gibbs.

  11. efangule says: May 27, 2010 11:58 AM

    If he hadn’t come back to the Redskins for Gibbs 2.0, he might have some credibility.
    Since he did.. And he was awful.. He needs to zip it!

  12. Ralph says: May 27, 2010 12:00 PM

    So the SuperBowl should only be held in Domed stadiums?

  13. FalconsFan says: May 27, 2010 12:06 PM

    The first question that should be asked is if NEW Giants Stadium is the same as OLD Giants stadium. Obviously the wind will be different in a circular stadium (Old) compared to the more boxy look of the New stadium.
    New York was ALWAYS a hard place to play because of the wind, it didn’t matter if it was on a cold day or a warm day the wind whipped around Old Giants Stadium in a way that really hasn’t been matched in the NFL.

  14. SThausen says: May 27, 2010 12:10 PM

    If your QB can’t pass in the wind RUN the ball,
    don’t use the weather as an excuse for an unbalanced attack. Any team vying for the trophy
    should be prepared for any condition.
    -go Stillers!

  15. FriarBob says: May 27, 2010 12:11 PM

    OK, so wasn’t the whole point of this massive brouhaha over OT not allowing the coin-flip to determine the outcome of a game?
    And yet here we are allowing the possibility of this to reoccur?
    Or does it only matter if Lord Favre is involved?

  16. Black QB White RB says: May 27, 2010 12:15 PM

    Joe Gibbs has a point, but I think it makes for more intrigue- both teams have to be able to deal with bad weather if it happens, so maybe it adds some extra strategizing……..
    Of Course if it’s a nail-biter, the loser’s fans will blame the weather forEVER, but hey….

  17. bvan says: May 27, 2010 12:15 PM

    Football is an outdoor game.

  18. rickah8888 says: May 27, 2010 12:20 PM

    I think Coach Gibbs just called back-to-back time outs!

  19. Stinger9 says: May 27, 2010 12:21 PM

    i always get a good laugh at the idiots that don’t check who the author is of the articles they are critcizing and just assume its Florio.
    Yes, I’m talking to you Ghost Mutt

  20. Duck Fallas says: May 27, 2010 12:29 PM

    FriarBob – The coin flip didn’t determine the outcome of the game. It was the 60 minutes of Gibbs stubbornly trying to pass that did.

  21. efangule says: May 27, 2010 12:29 PM

    they already have a league where the weather isn’t a factor..
    it’s called Arena Football…
    If you want that, go cover it and not the NFL..
    Otherwise, shut your trap about this.. it’s a done deal.

  22. east96street. says: May 27, 2010 12:29 PM

    I didn’t realize that wind was a weather condition unique to the northern states. BTW- MDS if you had done ANY research, you would know that windy conditions are the norm in the Meadowlands from any point in October onwards. The problem wasn’t the wind that day, it was that the Skins that year just weren’t that good. I have had the misery of watching both Dallas and Philly average better than 3 yds a pass just by running screen plays in the Meadowlands. Sorry Gibbs and his team wasn’t up to the task, but unless you plan on confining all future Super Bowls to domes, wind is a variable that can occur anywhere in North America.

  23. The Terminator says: May 27, 2010 12:30 PM

    Gibbs is full of it and Bisciotti is ALWAY full of it!
    Give it a rest PFT…gheez we get your point now move on…it’s a done deal so freaking deal with it!

  24. geek says: May 27, 2010 12:37 PM

    Come on, can we get over this?! Gibbs’ argument just prooves the converse point. The Skins lost that game because they weren’t prepared to play the game as well as the Giants were. If you really want to take the elements out of the game, make the playoffs best 2 out of 3 or best of 7 like some other sports do. Otherwise, there could always be some quirk of the day that effects the game “unfairly”. Or here is a better idea: come prepared to play in the conditions available and be the best team on the field that day. Anything less, and you don’t deserve the win (even if you do win).

  25. JSpicoli says: May 27, 2010 12:41 PM

    Yeah, Football is an outdoor game. Played outdoors from September thru December. Not February, and by choice, for it’s biggest game.
    You weather defendists are lame. why CHOOSE to put a governor on your biggest game? Macho bullshit.

  26. ZombieRevolution says: May 27, 2010 12:43 PM

    “But Gibbs does have a valid point that the weather had a huge effect on that game.”
    Both teams will play under the same conditions- so in the end it does not matter. Football is ment to be played under any condition, not just ideal ones. Go ahead- turn football into golf or tennis where the weather has to be decent and the crowd has to be quiet. The better team will win and in the end that is all that matters.
    Anybody else think Florio wants to travel to a warm weather city for his freebe Super Bowl coverage? Florio- there are lots of folks that will volunteer to take your place during the week of that Super Bowl.

  27. Popeye says: May 27, 2010 12:45 PM

    the NFL is basically 2 hand tounch anyway, so why not let bitches like Urlacher play in the sun all the time….then again, the Bears suck balls

  28. The Black Cat says: May 27, 2010 12:48 PM

    I remember that game. They had Schroeder throw 50+ times even though the attempts were totally ineffective and he got absolutely murdered by the pass rush during the game. I played his guts out though.
    So what’s the point here? Skins lost to the better team, it happens.

  29. The Black Cat says: May 27, 2010 12:48 PM

    I’d point out Gibbs almost always lost to Parcels. What else is new?

  30. iusedtobeteddybayer says: May 27, 2010 12:52 PM

    Yes. Nascar racing on that king of weather can ne tough.

  31. the mush says: May 27, 2010 12:54 PM

    what’s the fuss about? Just send up the jets with the barium and heavymetal chemtrails in the days leading up to the game to make sure there’s no precipitation. nfls in bed with the military anyways shouldn’t be a big deal.

  32. boysroll says: May 27, 2010 12:55 PM

    gibbs making excuses for the lose….typical 4skin excuse to blame it on the weather. How about stating we got our asses kicked and the weather had nothing to do with it.
    I hate wimps…..

  33. CJ SPILLER says: May 27, 2010 1:08 PM

    I don’t get why everyone keeps saying New York Pro Bowl/Super Bowl………..it’s New Jersey, different state. In fact the Jets and Giants should never call themselves New York Jets, New York Giants. They play in New Jersey, isn’t that misreprensentation?? The only NFL team from New York is the Buffalo Bills. The Jets and Giants can stay in that cese pool of a state New Jersey and change their name to New Jersey Jets and New Jersey Giants. Funny, it’s the only two teams in the NFL that play in a different state and take a different state’s name.

  34. daback9 says: May 27, 2010 1:12 PM

    Again… I don’t give a fat rat’s tail. I’ll be watching from my couch and if the game sucks, I’ll turn on Bambi!!

  35. Bubby says: May 27, 2010 1:22 PM

    The New York Super Bowl has already become the greatest Super Bowl ever to be played. HA!!!!!!!!!!

  36. RacerX says: May 27, 2010 1:26 PM

    Ghost just posted my sentiment exactly:
    “Jesus Florio, can you seriously stop posting this inane rubbish. I never criticise the site, as you provide a great free service, but however slow a newsday it is the persistence with this topic is incredibly dull.”
    Also I wanted to tell you guys that my neighbor down the street was telling me about a bad winter they had in Wisconsin once. Really awful. I can post more about it here if you’re interested… oh wait, you’re not. Got it.
    As an ex-NBC employee, the whole state of PFT makes me wonder about starting a competing service. This site is almost beyond repair.

  37. winkel33 says: May 27, 2010 1:27 PM

    for or against, i think it is time to move on. it is 4 years away. if the weather is a factor, we can all complain then. but let’s not spend four years talking about what if the worst situation occurs.

  38. HarrisonHits says: May 27, 2010 1:31 PM

    Oh WAAAAAA so if the had the wind against you for two quarters, that means you had it with you the other two. And that somehow the Giants delt with it the two quarters they had the wind against them, while you couldn’t coach your team well enough to handle it whether the wind was with you or you were going into it.
    Sour grapes.
    Can we PLEASE stop pussifying the sport and the fans ? Cold weather is part of football. NFL fans are not all totally frail people who can’t stand being outside for more than 30 seconds in the cold. I don’t give a shit if the corporate hacks who buy some of the SB tix to give to clients want it to be 70 degrees and sunny. If I wanted to watch a pussy sport that was afraid of weather I’d watch MLB.

  39. Mark0226 says: May 27, 2010 1:31 PM

    We just need a Super Bowl like the 2007 Dolphins vs. Steelers game, where the 0-0 tie was broken by a Jeff Reed field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, to seal the deal on this experiment.
    Yes, football is an outdoor game, but the average fan, like Mike Florio’s aunt, will not watch a 3-0 Super Bowl. Advertisers will not pay $2 mil per 30 seconds. And, the NFL will abandon the idea forever more.

  40. Human Howitzer says: May 27, 2010 1:45 PM

    I put Joe Gibbs in the same category as disco: I didn’t like ‘em back then, and I don’t like ‘em now. Also, I’m shocked by the number of supposed football fans posting to this site who are actually concerned that the Superbowl halftime show will be adversely affected by the weather. The halftime show? Really? I always thought the halftime show was the time to go and do something else until the game comes back on.

  41. yem123 says: May 27, 2010 1:55 PM

    most of you who commented obviously never saw that game. it was more like rugby and less like football.
    ~giants fan

  42. cantgetenough says: May 27, 2010 2:08 PM

    @CJ Spiller
    The WASHINGTON Redskins play in Maryland, the DALLAS Cowboys play in Arlington, and the BUFFALO Bills play in Orchard Park.

  43. jimicos says: May 27, 2010 2:26 PM

    “But Gibbs does have a valid point that the weather had a huge effect on that game. The Giants actually kicked off at the start of both halves because they won the coin toss and chose to take the wind. The Redskins were bothered by the wind all day, struggled in the kicking game and averaged 3.0 yards a pass.”
    —————————
    They averaged 3.0 yards a pass? Not by my math. 20 – 50 for 195 yards. That’s not 3.0 yards per pass.
    And why in the hell do you pass the ball 50 times in high winds? Sounds like Gibbs had a great game plan.

  44. jimicos says: May 27, 2010 2:31 PM

    Mark0226 says:
    May 27, 2010 1:31 PM
    We just need a Super Bowl like the 2007 Dolphins vs. Steelers game, where the 0-0 tie was broken by a Jeff Reed field goal with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, to seal the deal on this experiment.
    Yes, football is an outdoor game, but the average fan, like Mike Florio’s aunt, will not watch a 3-0 Super Bowl. Advertisers will not pay $2 mil per 30 seconds. And, the NFL will abandon the idea forever more.
    ————————
    OH NOES!!!! We can’t have the ad money dry up!! There isn’t enough money in this league as it is!

  45. jimmers says: May 27, 2010 2:43 PM

    yo honestly, the halftime shows are always awful, i hope it has to be cancelled due to inclimate weather and they just show highlights and analysis instead.

  46. smiley says: May 27, 2010 2:46 PM

    It’s football…it’s supposed to be cold! The Giants were the better team that year…run, run, run and good defense. Also, for you idiots that want to insult one of the greatest coaches of all time….you couldn’t carry his effin’ lunch from his car to his office without trippin’ over yourselves!! Hail!!

  47. jimicos says: May 27, 2010 2:53 PM

    smiley says:
    May 27, 2010 2:46 PM
    you couldn’t carry his effin’ lunch from his car to his office without trippin’ over yourselves!! Hail!!
    ———————–
    So you’re saying it makes sense to throw the ball 50 times in high winds?

  48. fan62 says: May 27, 2010 3:10 PM

    If a team makes it to the SB because they have an awesome passing attack (let’s say 70% of their offense) and the outside weather and stadium conditions make the passing game next to impossible, than that is a problem. If this happens, as a viewer, I will never support an north outside SB again. Of course, I will watch the replays of the SB commercials and boycott those products for at least 12 months. I would also boycott any NFL products for a reasonable period of time. I think New York has lined some NFL owners and front office pockets with lot’s of $$$. Just the way it is in the USA today.

  49. LAEaglefan says: May 27, 2010 3:11 PM

    No matter what the weather, the better team will find a way to win. If they don’t…then they’re not the better team….at least not on that day.

  50. thirdandgoal says: May 27, 2010 3:37 PM

    i give up–it’s only one year and one game. everyone will come to their senses, and (hopefully) realize what a mistake it was and move on.

  51. smiley says: May 27, 2010 3:40 PM

    I’m sayin’ YOU couldn’t carry the man’s lunch from his car to his office without trippin’ over your own feet…..how were you confused by that statement?

  52. Hauschild says: May 27, 2010 3:44 PM

    Gibbs is obviously a pansy.
    Get tough, people! Cold weather separates the wheat from the chaff when it comes to NFL football. Who really wants it and who can’t wait until it’s all over.
    I think it is very safe to say that if all Super Bowls had been played in cold weather over the last 45 years, the games would have probably been much closer, and better.

  53. We need linemen says: May 27, 2010 4:28 PM

    I am a Redskins fan but it wasn’t the wind that troubled us in that game. It was that it wasn’t one of the better Redskin teams playing against one of the best defenses of the past 30-years.
    The Giants were the best team that year, they deserved to win the Superbowl. Gibbs did an amazing job getting that roster as far as he did. It would have been closer in warm weather but it wouldn’t have changed who won.

  54. jimicos says: May 27, 2010 4:47 PM

    fan62 says:
    May 27, 2010 3:10 PM
    If a team makes it to the SB because they have an awesome passing attack (let’s say 70% of their offense) and the outside weather and stadium conditions make the passing game next to impossible, than that is a problem. If this happens, as a viewer, I will never support an north outside SB again. Of course, I will watch the replays of the SB commercials and boycott those products for at least 12 months. I would also boycott any NFL products for a reasonable period of time. I think New York has lined some NFL owners and front office pockets with lot’s of $$$. Just the way it is in the USA today.
    ———————–
    You’ll be missed.

  55. jimicos says: May 27, 2010 4:48 PM

    smiley says:
    May 27, 2010 3:40 PM
    I’m sayin’ YOU couldn’t carry the man’s lunch from his car to his office without trippin’ over your own feet…..how were you confused by that statement?
    ————————
    So are you saying Gibbs eats a hell of a lot or that I have huge feet? Please explain.
    And follow that up with an in-depth explanation of the wisdom of passing 50 times in high wind.
    I never tried to make the case that Gibbs doesn’t know his shit. I said it sounds like an awful game plan.

  56. GaryClark says: May 27, 2010 5:37 PM

    @DANSNYDERSUX
    Man that is funny! He looked like someone had run him over with a lawn mower…And then drove a bus over that!
    Classic!

  57. jstewart455 says: May 28, 2010 3:19 PM

    whatdiga says:
    May 27, 2010 11:58 AM
    If he hadn’t come back to the Redskins for Gibbs 2.0, he might have some credibility.
    Since he did.. And he was awful.. He needs to zip it!
    You are an idiot! Gibbs wasn’t awful when he came back. 2 playoffs in 4 years with someone else’s players. A lot of people don’t realize how close he was to getting back on top. The only reason he quit after 4 years was the death of Sean Taylor was too much for him to take being a religious man and all. I think that was the nail in the coffin for his coaching career.

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