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Gibbs Presser

Gibbs Presser

First of all, let me say that's it's always great to hear what Joe Gibbs is thinking straight from his mouth. If he were to hold a press conference every single day, I would be a captive audience.

Still, his press conference on Monday was unnecessary for readers of this blog, at least when it came to the subject that drew the most headlines and apparently was the reason that Gibbs called the presser. Last week, many media outlets ran with a comment that Gibbs made during an event for his NASCAR team in which he said that his time in football would be "short" and his commitment to racing was lifelong. Headlines such as "Gibbs Expects Short NFL Stay, Long Cup Ride" led stories that highlited his quote that his NFL time could turn out to be "very short". Near panic set in among Redskins fans everywhere.

Here, (http://redskinsblog.blogspot.com/2005/01/flash-gibbs-will-coach-at-least-4-more.html ) all it took was reading the excerpts of what he said to realize that he was still committed to finishing out his contract.

Today, Gibbs confirmed that blog entry. From The Washington Post:



Most people sign a three-year contract; I signed a five-year contract. My commitment with the Redskins is I want to do every single thing I can to restore the Redskins to winning football games. I'd say that my commitment is a minimum of five years. . .
Let's see, he's coached one, his contract is for five, he says he'll coach at least five, yup, that's at least four more years. Again, he announced it last week but that's not what everyone heard. Well, some of us heard you, Joe.

Another subject that the blog was ahead of the curve on was the rumors of a trade for Randy Moss. While Gibbs didn't exactly say that he wouldn't trade a warm six pack for Moss (http://redskinsblog.blogspot.com/2005/01/more-on-moss-to-skins-talk.html ), as was said here, he did say this:

He's a heck of a player, but I think in our case, it's not something we would be interested in.This despite the fact that the Redskins are looking to upgrade the WR spot. Said Gibbs:

We're looking for somebody who is talented, who fits in with us and who we feel we can build around. That's a high priority for us.That could mean that Braylon Edwards or Mike Williams will be tabbed with the team's first-round selection in April's draft.

One other topic discussed was Fred Smoot's pending status as a unrestricted free agent. Said Gibbs:

Personally, I would hope that the guy gets all the money he can get. The problem is when you do that, it cost you players. . .If you spend more for one player than you feel like you should then it's going to cost you with the other core-group guys you are trying to sign.If he's not franchised, and Gibbs said that, "We haven't really talked about those issues yet," it appears that Smoot will hit the open market. Once that happens, the chances of him returning are lessened substantially.

It's still not impossible, though, for him to play for Washington in 2005. The team's strategy vis a vis Smoot is something like this: Say all the right things, make sure he knows he's wanted and needed. Conduct friendly negotiations, don't comment to or try to make a PR cast through the press. If on March 2, the first day of free agency, he is still unsigned ask that he give the team a chance to respond to an offer from another team before he accepts it. Should Smoot come back with anything less than a big-time cap busting deal, the Skins will study it, swallow hard, and match it.

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Redskins interview another former Chargers defensive coordinator

Redskins interview another former Chargers defensive coordinator

The Redskins continue to cast a wide net in their search for a new defensive coordinator. On Thursday, they interviewed John Pagano, who was recently let go as the defensive coordinator of the Chargers.

Pagano, the brother of Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, has been coaching with the Chargers since 2002. That year he started as a quality control coach and then he was the linebackers coach from 2005-2011. The Chargers fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky, a current Redskins coach and another candidate to run the defense in Washington, after the 2011 season and Pagano was promoted into that job.

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In Pagano’s five seasons with the Chargers, the performance of the defense was respectable. In terms of total yards, San Diego was in the top 10 twice and only once were they ranked worse than 20th.

The Redskins fired defensive coordinator Joe Barry on January 5. The list of candidates they have interviewed includes Mike Pettine, Gus Bradley, Rob Ryan, Manusky, and Jason Tarver. They are expected to interview former Jets and Bills defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman on Friday.

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None of the candidates they have interviewed have accepted positions with other teams so they are all still in play. There is no timetable for the team to make a decision, although the sense is that the process is coming to a close and will be concluded in the near future.

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Need to Know: How long is too long in the Redskins' defensive coordinator search?

Need to Know: How long is too long in the Redskins' defensive coordinator search?

Here is what you need to know on this Friday, January 20, 97 days before the NFL draft.

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Days until:
NFL franchise tag deadline 40
NFL free agency starts 48
First Sunday of 2017 season 233

Will Pleasant push the defensive coordinator search to a conclusion?

Is the Redskins’ search for a defensive coordinator taking too long? Joe Barry was fired two weeks ago yesterday. The Redskins have made it clear that they want to be very thorough in their search. But taking time creates problems and one just popped up. Assistant defensive back coach Aubrey Pleasant apparently has the option to follow Sean McVay to Los Angeles. But the Redskins want to hold on to him.

The problem is that they don’t want to sign Pleasant to be, say, the cornerbacks coach and tie the hands of the incoming defensive coordinator. They already would like the new guy to keep OLB coach Greg Manusky and ILB coach Kirk Olivadotti. Locking in a third position coach might made it very hard to persuade a quality coordinator to come on board.

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However, they can’t hold Pleasant, who is a young, energetic coach who relates well to the players, back indefinitely. Presumably McVay and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips have a bigger role in mind for him and they won’t wait forever for him to get things resolved in Washington.

But it’s not like the Pleasant situation will need to be resolved by the close of business today. We’re talking days, not hours. How many days? They could lose him due because of the Redskins’ deliberate process if it stretches into sometime early next week. I think the chances are strong that there will be a decision on the new defensive coordinator by, say, the close of business on Tuesday.

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I’ll wrap this up with a quick round of laying out the $100 in casino chips on the various defensive coordinator candidates. Things have changed since I did it on Monday. I’ll still make Greg Manusky the favorite but I’ll drop him down five bucks to $35. I’m downgrading Mike Pettine down to a $10 wager; I’ve heard that the organization was not impressed with his interview. I’m more than doubling the wager on Gus Bradley to $25. It’s been a few days since reports that the Chargers were pressing him for a decision and yet he remains in play. I’m going with $10 on Dennis Thurmon, who is from the school of the aggressive style of play that Jay Gruden is looking for. Rob Ryan gets not a cent and the remaining $20, including John Pagao, who interviewed yesterday, goes on the field.

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