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Gibbs Retirement Talk is Bunk

Gibbs Retirement Talk is Bunk

Rich Tandler is the author of Gut Check, The Complete History of Coach Joe Gibbs’ Washington Redskins. Get details and order at http://GutCheckBook.com

I suppose I would be remiss if I didn’t address the “Gibbs might retire” report that Chris Mortensen gave on Sunday, especially since my wife just burst into the room and asked me about it. I told her to read the blog and find out about it.

I didn’t see the report, but on one of the myriad Sunday morning shows that Mort does he said that he had heard that some friends of Gibbs had said that they were concerned about his health, his diabetic condition in particular, and that Gibbs might use that as a reason to pack it in as coach after this season. Gibbs was asked about the report in his post-game presser and he said that his health was superb and that he has no notion of leaving.

Gibbs has plenty of experience deflecting reports of his impending retirement. In my book Gut Check I chronicle a number of reports of his impending retirement. He brought the first one on himself when in December of 1989 he mused to reporters about life after football, saying that “There’s been a chance that I’ll leave for (the past) two years.” That created such a uproar that he had to call a press conference a few weeks after the season to announce that he was staying. “They’ll have to usher me out,” he said.

It only took until the week after the first game of the next season for another report of Gibbs’ retirement to surface, this one from Will McDonough of the Boston Globe. To that one, Gibbs responded, “I’ll be here forever.”

The rumors died down for a while after that and Gibbs inked a three-year extension following his third Super Bowl title in 1991. Just a little more than a near later, the stunning announcement of his departure came.

But I digress. As of right now, November 30, 2004, Gibbs isn’t going anywhere. When he took the job he said that one of the reasons he came back was for the challenge. Building a winner in the NFL was one of the hardest things a person could endeavor to do, he said, and that was why he was there. This season has proven him to be absolutely correct in that assertion and there is simply no reason to believe that he would run away from the challenge. It just isn’t in him.

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#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

#RedskinsTalk Podcast Episode 40 - Seriously, when will the Redskins pick a coordinator?

As the Redskins settle into the offseason without both an offensive and defensive coordinator, JP Finlay and Rich Tandler debate who will get the jobs, and when they will be announced. 

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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Jason Tarver

The Redskins have interviewed some high-profile candidates for their open defensive coordinator position. When it was reported that they will meet with former Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver, the reaction among the fans was, “Who?”

Let’s take a look at what Tarver’s qualifications are to get the job of running the Redskins’ defense.

Before becoming a coordinator: At the age of 22, Tarver took a coaching job at West Valley College in California, and did that while earning his bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Santa Clara. After that he was a graduate assistant at UCLA for three years before getting into the NFL in 2001, when the 49ers hired him as a quality control coach. Tarver worked his way up to outside linebackers coach in 2005 and did that job until 2010, when he was let go went Mike Singletary was fired as the head coach. After a year as the defensive coordinator at Stanford, Dennis Allen hired Tarver to run the Raiders defense in 2012.

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Note: If you want more complete stats on Tarver’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2012 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,672 (18th), points 443 (28th), takeaways 19 (26th), 3rd down 39.1% (20th), DVOA 12.5% 29th
Notable players: DT Richard Seymour, DE Lamarr Houston

It should be noted that Allen had a defensive background so he had a hand in these numbers. This team just wasn’t very good as indicated by the fact that Seymour, at age 33, was one of their best defensive players.

2013 Raiders (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 5,918 (22nd), points 453 (29th), takeaways 22 (21st), 3rd down 43.1% (28th), DVOA 10.3% (26th)
Notable players: S Charles Woodson

They did make an effort to shore up the defense by bringing back Woodson and drafting cornerback D.J. Hayden in the first round. But Hayden only played in eight games and Woodson could only contribute so much at age 37. The pass defense struggled, ranking 29th in DVOA.

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2014 Raiders (3-13)

Rankings: 5,721 (21st), points 452 (32nd), takeaways 14 (30th), 3rd down 38.5% (14th), DVOA 6.3% (26th)
Notable players: LB Khalil Mack, S Woodson

Allen was fired after an 0-4 start and Tony Sparano took over as interim head coach the rest of the way. Sparano has an offensive background so perhaps Tarver is more fully accountable for these results than those in other seasons. They did draft Mack with the fifth overall pick but his impact as a rookie was limited as recorded four sacks. Hayden again missed half of the season and, again, the defense was near the bottom of the NFL.

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