He led the Washington Redskins to three Super Bowl titles and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so it might come as no surprise that Joe Gibbs was recently ranked by one organization as one of the top football coaches of all time.
FootballNation.com last week ranked Gibbs at No. 10.
The list takes into account coaches in both college and professional football (collegiate legends Knute Rockne and Joe Paterno make an appearance), and also includes another former Redskins coach: Vince Lombardi.
Here’s FootballNation.com’s take on Gibbs:
“Joe Gibbs began his coaching career in the college ranks before becoming an NFL assistant in 1973. He was an integral part of the San Diego Chargers’ high-powered “Air Coryell” offense led by quarterback Dan Fouts.
In 1981, he was named head coach of the Washington Redskins, which was his first head coaching opportunity. Gibbs spent two different stints with Washington, from 1981 to 1992 and again from 2004 to 2007. During his stay in our nation’s capital, he compiled a career record of 171-101. He was a two-time AP Coach of the Year winner, three-time Sporting News Coach of the Year, two-time Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year, and one time UPI Coach of the Year.
Gibbs also led the Redskins to four NFC Championships and three Super Bowl Championships. Joe Gibbs was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.”
Here’s how FootballNation.com’s 10 Greatest Football Coaches of All Time stacks up:
1. Paul “Bear” Bryant
2. George Halas
3. Tom Landry
4. Joe Paterno
5. Vince Lombardi
6. Chuck Noll
7. Don Shula
8. Bill Belichick
9. Knute Rockne
10. Joe Gibbs
As a side note, the author of this specific article, William Cornelison, admits he’s a “big fan of the Dallas Cowboys,” so props to him for seeing beyond the rivalry to tab a Redskins coach as one of the best ever. I’m sure it was very difficult.
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