WASHINGTON (AP) - Joe Gibbs has resigned as coach and team
president of the Washington Redskins. It comes three days after his
team's playoff loss concluded a season marked by the killing of
safety Sean Taylor.
A statement released by the team says the 67-year-old Gibbs will
serve as a special adviser to owner Dan Snyder. Gibbs will discuss
his decision at a 3 p.m. news conference.
The Redskins will begin a search for a new coach immediately.
Among the certain candidates are two former head coaches on Gibbs'
staff, Gregg Williams and Al Saunders.
Gibbs went 31-and-36 after emerging from NFL retirement and his
NASCAR career to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract in 2004.
That includes a 1-and-2 record in post-season play.
Gibbs' resignation brings an apparent end to a Hall of Fame
coaching career in which he twice raised the Redskins from
mediocrity into a playoff team. But he ultimately failed in his
goal of bringing the team back to the Super Bowl during his second
stint in Washington. Gibbs won three NFL titles during his first
tenure from 1981-92. The second time around he took the team to the
post-season in two of his four seasons.
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