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Flash: Gibbs Will Coach at Least 4 More Years

Flash: Gibbs Will Coach at Least 4 More Years

It is truly inspiring to know that there is a purpose, a greater good, in what I do here. I have a role, I have a place, I provide a needed service.

I am here to calm the frayed nerves of Redskins fans around the world.

Just recently, I assured worried readers that the Redskins would not be suffering from the degradation of character that would result from the acquisition of a certain Minnesota Viking. Now, there's the Joe Gibbs "NFL short, NASCAR forever" comments flap. Lay down on the couch here and let me walk you through why this is nothing new.

The headline and lead quote for the AP story on were certainly, well, startling. Under the headline Gibbs expects short NFL stay, long Cup ride:

"My time in football will be short,'' Gibbs said Tuesday during a stop by the NASCAR media tour at Joe Gibbs Racing. "Hopefully, we'll be here forever. If we don't win a few more games next year, my time in football will be real short.''Wow, you think. "Short"? "Real short"? Will St. Joe be around for this year's draft? Who's going to replace him? How could Gibbs do this to us? Where's the nearest tall building with an accessible jumping area?

No need to jump. A little further in the article:

"I signed a five-year contract and what I'd like to do is get the Redskins back to being a consistent winner,'' Gibbs said. "I don't know what that will take. I don't know if it's five years or a little longer than that.''Of course, phrases like "five years" or "a little longer than that" don't make good headlines, especially when the sports media template is that Gibbs won't last long. So you didn't read those quotes, the ones that were the heart of the story and got all bent out of shape.

The headline here should have been:

"Gibbs Plans to Coach at Least Four More Years"So why the "short" talk from Gibbs? The man, I'm sure, plans on living another 30 years or more. Out of those years, he will spend a half dozen, maybe a couple less, coaching the Redskins. He'll probably own his NASCAR team until he goes to that great sideline or pit row in the sky. In relative terms, his stay with the Redskins will indeed be a short amount time.

Also remember who Gibbs was speaking to. His comments were given during an event associated with NASCAR's season-opening media tour. That means that his audience was NASCAR fans, especially those of his drivers and, more importantly, to the sponsors of Joe Gibbs Racing. Certainly, the folks who put up some long green to back the winner that is Joe Gibbs must have felt some despair in reading a little over a year ago that Gibbs was abandoning his full-time involvement in the venture that they sponsored. Gibbs needed to throw them a bone and he did just that in saying that, like the Terminator, he'll be back.

So calm down, nothing has changed. The bad news is that there still is a lot of work to do to make the Redskins a consistent winner again. The good news is that Joe Gibbs has again committed to staying around until that job is done.

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Need to Know: Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons for the Redskins

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Need to Know: Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons for the Redskins

Here is what you need to know on this Monday, January 22, 51 days before NFL free agency starts.


Days until:

—NFL franchise tag deadline (3/6) 43
—NFL Draft (4/26) 94
—2018 NFL season starts (9/9) 230

Quarterbacks win championships and other lessons the Redskins can learn

Quarterback matters: We had the setup of the three castaway and ridiculed quarterbacks leading their teams into the NFL’s final four. But, the two who survived were one of the greatest of all time and one who found his groove and had 10.7 yards per attempt and a 141.4 passer rating. Yes, Tom Brady and Nick Foles had a lot of help and we’ll get into that in a minute. But, without excellent play from their quarterbacks, it may have been a different story for the Eagles and Patriots. This doesn’t mean that the Redskins need to send truckloads of money to Kirk Cousins’ house, but if they don’t, they do need a quality alternative. You won’t win with Bortles-level play.

Defense matters: The Vikings rolled right down the field on their first possession and it looked like the Eagles defense was going to have a long night. But then Chris Long got pressure on Case Keenum leading a pick six that apparently energized the Philly defense. Rookie Derek Barnett knocked the ball out of Keenum’s hand when the Vikings were threatening to make a game of it. Minnesota came up empty in its last eight possessions. As the Eagles offense started to build a lead, their defense played faster and more aggressively. At this point, the Redskins don’t have the personnel or the mindset to play that way on defense.

Does running really matter? It’s a small sample size here but in the two games yesterday it did not. The Patriots ran for all of 46 yards. The Eagles got 110, but at the point in the third quarter where they took a 31-7 lead, they had 202 yards passing and 40 yards rushing. Running the ball was not decisive in either game. Offensively, the games were won in the air. Jay Gruden’s “pass happy” approach can be a winning approach.

Stay aggressive: At times during the year, Cousins expressed some frustration in the Redskins’ inability or perhaps unwillingness to keep the pedal mashed to the floor when they had a lead. I hit on the Eagles’ aggressiveness on defense, but their offense didn’t slow down either. They were up 21-7 when they got the ball on their own 20 with 29 seconds left in the first half. In that situations, the Redskins—and, in fact, most other teams—would run a draw, throw a short pass, and let the clock run out. But Doug Pederson was having none of that. Passes for 11, 36, and 13 yards got them down to the Vikings 20 and they kicked a field goal to close out the half. If the game wasn’t over then, it was early in the third quarter when Pederson called a flea flicker and Foles hit Torrey Smith for 42 yards and a touchdown.

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What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?


What can the Redskins learn from the Eagles run to the Super Bowl?

For Redskins fans, it's probably a tough pill to swallow that the Eagles are in the Super Bowl. Making matters worse, Philadelphia got to the championship game without their star quarterback Carson Wentz.

Beyond the feelings that fandom incites, which are real and severe, what does the Eagles' breakthrough season mean for Washington? Let's take a look. 

Perhaps the most incredible part of the Eagles' success is that wunderkind QB Wentz is not at the helm. The second-year player was an MVP candidate all season but got injured late in the year. Nick Foles, the Philly backup, took over and played well in both Eagles' playoff wins. 

Does that mean much, if anything, for the Redskins? 

Some will argue it means Washington should not look to invest top dollar in QB Kirk Cousins. Foles is not considered a top-flight quarterback and still was able to maneuver his squad to the Super Bowl.

Whether or not that argument makes sense, Redskins fans should prepare to hear a lot of it over the next two weeks. 

There is also a theory that the Redskins should eschew spending at QB in favor of spending on defense. 

That may very well be the right move, but don't look to the Eagles to support the theory. 

Philadelphia spent $47 million on the defensive side of the ball in 2017. On offense, they spent $56 million.

What is definitely true?

The Eagles played terrific football in the postseason, and catapulted through the NFC by playing the underdog role.

Redskins fans might hate it, but the Eagles absolutely earned their Super Bowl appearance. 

That doesn't mean Redskins fans have to like it. 

Philadelphia has never won a Super Bowl. 

Now, standing in the way of their first Lombardi Trophy: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. 

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