Joe Gibbs is retiring from his job as coach, president, and chief guarantor of the Redskins' mediocrity.
Gibbs went 31-36, including 1-2 in the playoffs, after emerging from NFL retirement and his NASCAR career to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract in 2004. He had always maintained he intended to fulfill the contract, but the 67-year-old coach wavered from that stance Monday when asked if he would return for the final year of his deal.
The blogosphere's leading Redskins fanboy/apologist/homer, Unsilent Majority, has already penned an artful farewell.
Even in the rocky years of the Gibbs comeback we owe a lot of thanks to the legendary coach/preacher. We thank him for two playoff seasons, we thank him for his leadership in the wake of Sean Taylor's murder, but mostly, we thank him for leaving.
Assistant coaches Al Saunders (700-page playbook) and Gregg Williams (overrated) are already the leading candidates, but you can expect Bill Cowher's name to pop up in rumors before Tom Cruise encourages Dan Snyder to hire Les Miles.