Ron Rivera met with Joe Gibbs for advice

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If Ron Rivera needed to be convinced to work for Dan Snyder, he found a guy who helped nudge him in that direction.

Before his first meeting with the Washington owner, Rivera called former coach Joe Gibbs for some input.

“I took it upon myself to reach out to coach Gibbs, who was tremendous,” Rivera told the team’s Larry Michael. “He gave me at least 25-30 minutes on the phone, and we talked and we talked.”

Then after he met with Snyder, he visited Gibbs at home (the NASCAR team owner lives near Charlotte) for a longer chat.

“We spent a good afternoon going over a lot of stuff. Coach gave me so much insight, it was amazing,” Rivera said. “To be able to go into his home and spend time with him, that was cool. . . . Probably one of the coolest things that happened was he started drawing plays up. We started talking about how he did it and how he looked at things.”

Gibbs won three Super Bowl titles there, under the ownership of Jack Kent Cooke. After Snyder bought the team in 1999, things didn’t go nearly as well, and he eventually brought Gibbs out of retirement.

In four seasons, the Hall of Famer (both Pro Football and NASCAR) went 30-34 and went to the playoffs twice with his old team, which isn’t great but still better than Snyder’s 142-193-1 record (.423) in 21 seasons.

Gibbs also led them to their last playoff win, in 2005. In the years since, it’s been hard to find reason to think they’d ever get back to the Super Bowl level, or even sustained competence.

But Rivera apparently came away from his conversations with Gibbs and Snyder thinking he has a chance.

12 responses to “Ron Rivera met with Joe Gibbs for advice

  1. Rumor has it Gibbs drew up the counter tre with a sharpie and Rivera was seen drawing it down in crayon =) Gibbs is the GOAT. Seriously though Rivera is going to bring coaching back into the Redskins which has been lacking for to long.

  2. Unless he was told he would have total control over the roster and personnel decisions, why in the world would you want to work with this owner.

  3. Gibbs is the greatest coach of all time. Won 3 super bowls with three different QB’s. None of those QB’s were HOFers. Most great coaches never won anything without a HOF QB. Now he goes to auto racing and dominates there too. Unbelievable. I’ve always liked Rivera. Now I like him even more knowing that he reached out to Gibbs. If I were a football coach, I’d spend every minute I could at the Joe Gibbs University.

  4. Gibbs will tell him to use caution on the curves, and to stand on the gas in the straightaways.

  5. “In the years since (2005), it’s been hard to find reason to think they’d ever get back to the Super Bowl level, or even sustained competence.”

    Not true. We thought 2012 was a rebirth. We thought RG3 was going to take us to Super Bowl glory soon. But of course then Mike Shanahan ruined him.

  6. This causes me to feel a little bit better about Rivera. He always came off as an arrogant person who was disrespectful of others, but his praising and seeking advice from Coach Gibbs makes Rivera seem a little more like a decent person.

  7. Knowing the Joe Gibbs’ NASCAR teams cheat with Toyoduh’s complicity, I don’t have a good feeling about this at all. While I respect Gibbs the coach, as an owner he hires disgusting drivers and encourages them to cheat. Right now there is no talent on his team that can’t be replaced with young talent with a propensity for wrecking other drivers. And who knows how much gaming of the rules is going on in that drive.

    Nonetheless, I think Rivera is a good choice for the HC job in Washington. I wish him well and as soon as Josh Norman, Trent Williams, and Alice Smith are punted from the team for good, I will remain divorced from the team I followed for 37 years until the start of last year.

  8. Gibbs doesn’t get nearly as much respect as he should. Everyone always mentions Parcels, Ditka, Walsh from that era but Gibbs is > than them all. He just wasn’t flamboyant and in the press as much. From 1982-1992 the Skins were in the playoffs almost every year, went to 4 Super Bowls and Won 3 (1983, 1984,1987 and 1991). Then he goes on to win Multiple Championships as a Nascar owner… let that sink in.

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