In an SI.com article: Don Banks is an idiot and makes perfect sense in the same sentence.
If Gibbs comes back for another fun-filled year in Washington -- and after the mini-drama that was the Spurrier denouement, I don't think anything's a lock -- I'd be willing to bet that he requires further assistance on the personnel side of the front office in 2005.
For the first part, there is no "if" about Gibbs coming back. If you go back to the press conference when he came back as coach, one of the themes he kept on coming back to was that he took the job because it was a challenge, because building a winning NFL team was such a hard thing to do. There's absolutely no way he's going to walk away--Banks says that he might cite "health reasons" as an excuse for bailing out--after one season. He knew what he was getting in to and he's going to stick it out. Any speculation to the contrary is just plain wrong and misinformed.
Banks, however, is dead on spot with the second part there. He goes on to say:
With the leveling effects of the salary cap, coaching in the NFL is much tougher in 2004 than it was in 1992, and Gibbs needs help. First-rate help. Since you can't fire the owner, that spells trouble for (Vinny) Cerrato's tenure, or at least his assignment near the top of the Redskins management flow chart.
As one veteran front office executive in the league told me last week: "Vinny's a disaster, and Joe needs somebody in personnel who can help him get quality players.
This team needs an in-charge GM, plain and simple. If Snyder wants to negotiate the contracts of the big-money guys, fine. Certainly, Joe Gibbs needs to have input into who the team drafts and goes after in free agency.
Yesterday, there was talk here about the massive changes that have taken place around Redskins Park since 1999. One change that hasn't taken place is the installation of an experienced personnel man who has the final call. That is one change that needs to take place. On January 3, the day after the Redskins' season ends, Gibbs needs to walk into Snyder's office and demand it.