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New Redskins head coach Ron Rivera certainly knows who to seek advice from.

Before Rivera accepted the head coach position, he spent several hours with the most successful head coach in the franchise's history, Joe Gibbs. 

"I took it upon myself to reach out to Coach [Joe] Gibbs, who was tremendous," Rivera told Larry Michael, the Voice of the Redskins. "He gave me at least 25-30 minutes on the phone, and we talked and we talked."

In his first tenure with the Redskins, Gibbs won three Super Bowls and turned Washington into one of the most respected franchises in the NFL during the 1980s and early 1990s. He returned to Washington as head coach in 2004 and led the Redskins to two playoff berths in his four years at the helm. He retired for good following the 2007 season. The Redskins have been to the playoffs just twice since then, with zero playoff wins.

Now, Rivera has the task that Gibbs once had: turning around one of the most losing franchises in recent memory.

As to what stood out to Rivera the most when speaking with Gibbs, the newly hired head coach said the organization's commitment to turning the franchise around.

"Probably the biggest thing, more than anything else, is Mr. Snyder wants to win," Rivera told NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay. "He wants to win, he's going to do what he can to support you."

Rivera also mentioned that Snyder plans to cater to the head coach, and give him all the needs necessary to bring winning football back to the nation's capital.

 

"They talked about that coach-centric approach, that everything being that is being decided is really towards the coach, giving him the tools he needs to put a winning team on the field," Rivera said. "That was one of the things Joe told me that was very important. Making sure that everybody understands the decisions we make are to give the coach the tools he needs to win."

Rivera mentioned he spent 30-35 hours with Snyder prior to accepting the job, where the owner fully opened up about every aspect of the organization to Rivera.

After talking to Snyder, Rivera reached out to Gibbs once again, where the Super Bowl-winning head coach invited Rivera to his home.

"We spent a good afternoon going over a lot of stuff. Coach gave me so much insight, it was amazing," Rivera told Michael. "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."

Both Snyder and Gibbs were willing to pull out all the strings to get Rivera to become the next head coach of the Washington Redskins. And it worked.

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