Any story dealing with one of the Redskins' three Super Bowl victories is a good story, but Charley Casserly told one to CSN on Thursday that qualifies as an exceptional one.
While speaking to J.P. Finlay on the 25th anniversary of Washington's 37-24 win over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, Casserly recalled Joe G.O.A.T.'s — sorry, Joe Gibbs' — speech to the team that was delivered Saturday evening. After hearing the tale, it's easy to see why the Redskins handled the Bills throughout all four quarters.
"The night before the game, Joe Gibbs is going to give his talk to the team, and he starts off the talk — it’s kind of interesting, now — he says, ‘You know, I wish I could be in your position. I wish I could go play in the game.’" Casserly said. "And I’m sitting there thinking, ‘You’ve got two Super Bowl rings. Some of these guys don’t have any.’ But what he’s trying to get, the point he’s trying to make is this is a special moment. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you better cherish what’s happening here. And that was the message he was giving the players."
Good stuff there, sure, but up to this point, fairly standard coachspeak. Fortunately, after that introduction, Gibbs turned the motivation meter up to 11.
"But then he says, ‘I want to show you a video tape.’ And [what was] in that videotape is this: The Buffalo defensive line coach had done an interview, and he kind of mocked The Hogs...‘You know what hogs are? Hogs are smelly, they’re dirty, they’re ugly and then he starts snorting.'"
(An aside: Casserly does a snort of his own right here, and the snort makes watching the video in the player above worth your while all by itself.)
"Well this is the videotape that Joe Gibbs shows the players the night before the game," the former general manager said. "And he shuts it off, doesn’t say a word, [then tells the team], ‘Go to your meetings.’ Now, you look around the room, the eyes were this big, the jaw was set. You gotta remember, these guys had won a couple of Super Bowls, and The Hogs were a legitimate, terrific offensive line."
Disrepecting the Hogs? Well, according to Casserly, the outcome had already been decided.
"That game was over right there," he said. "That was the pregame speech. ‘I wish I could be you,’ turn the video on, and walked away. It's a magical moment, it was a magical team."
Joe Gibbs is a hero, and we are not worthy.
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