Saturday, January 26, 2008

The Redskins Coaching Search Continues

News out of Redskins Park today says that Gregg Williams took himself out of the running for the Redskins Head Coaching vacancy and was let go as Defensive Coordinator. I don't know what to believe anymore. I don't even know who is a candidate for the Head Coaching vacancy as owner Dan Snyder has done his best to foul this whole search process up. Now they probably won't be able to find anyone until after the Super Bowl.

I read and heard on sports radio that Executive Vice President Vinny Cerrato and Williams didn’t see eye to eye on a lot of things. Still, Cerrato isn't the General Manager. No one is and I think the two of them could have worked through things. But since Joe Gibbs resigned in early January, Snyder has reverted back to his old, meddlesome ways and it looks like this team is going to blow up again. They were so close under Gibbs. All Snyder had to do once Gibbs resigned was hire Williams, keep most of the staff who worked under Gibbs in place and they would have scrapped for a playoff spot again.

Snyder had kept quiet during Gibbs four years here. He let Gibbs build the team the way he wanted and the thinking was maybe Snyder has matured as an owner. Now since Gibbs left, to quote Bruce Springsteen, we're in for "the same old story, same old act. One step up and two steps back". In other words, the Redskins will probably just sign and overpay for more free agents who won’t care who the coach is just as long they’re getting paid.

Personally, I want former Redskin player and assistant coach Russ Grimm to get a chance to interview. A friend of mine said the old Redskins aren’t really welcome at Redskins Park these days and the only time Snyder pays tribute to the past is when he takes the three Super Bowl trophies out of the display case, polishes them up, and put the behind the podium for press conferences.

This is the team I have loved since I was a young boy. I hope Benjamin will root for them when he gets older and he understands how important this team is to this area. When they win, it's a great feeling of unity all over.

So I would like to tip my hat to Joe Gibbs again for his class and the four years we had under him during his second stint as Redskins Head Coach. The record wasn't spectacular but at the rate things are going, it looks like Redskin fans aren't going to see two playoff appearances in four years anytime soon.

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