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Gibbs Tabbed Tenth Best Football Coach

Posted by Andrew Walker on June 25, 2012 – 10:18 am

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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8 Responses to “Gibbs Tabbed Tenth Best Football Coach”

  1. By Keith on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hmmm…Landry over Shula and St. Vince? Too bad this guys’ Dallas bias couldn’t look beyond getting that one right.

  2. By RussianBreadMaker on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Gibbs is a class act.

  3. By jwreck on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    Seriously, Landry at 3? Facts are facts. Landry won his two (two, as in less than three) Super Bowls with the same team, and more specifically same quarterback. So did Noll, and so did Belichick . Gibbs won three Super Bowls with three completely different teams and three different quarterbacks, the only coach in history to win multiple Super Bowls with different guys under center.

    We could also address the fact that Belichick won three superbowls, the same number as Joe, but also cheated. One would think that being convicted of cheating by the NFL during your title-winning years might drop a coach out of the top 10 entirely, but at very least behind Joe Gibbs.

    On top of that, Knute Rockney at nine? Really? Rockne was certainly a great coach for sure, but he also kind of invented the forward pass and changed the game of football immeasurably from a boring version of rugby to the sport we have today.

  4. By Gregg on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    I really think it’s a shame Gibbs doesn’t get more credit for winning three Super Bowls with three different quarterbacks.

  5. By Allen on Jun 25, 2012 | Reply

    The guy doing this rating is just not qualified. Where is Bill Walsh?
    He certainly should be higher than Landry & Noll. It took Landry a lot longer to build a super bowl team than it did Gibbs & Bethard. Landry doesn’t belong on that list. If it went to 20 coaches, maybe, but not a top 5 coach. No way.

    No coach who won multiple super bowls with a single quarterback should be rated higher than Gibbs.


  6. By vaughan on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    Jwreck said everything that needed to be said about this list…it was compiled by a dallas fan and everyone know they cant look past there own..landry at 3, thats just bias at its best

  7. By WarHokie on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    So, we are to believe this is unbiased because he was kind enough to slide Gibbs in at the bottom of the list? Landry’s schemes changed football in the 70’s but he does not make my “unbiased” list for many of the reasons the gentlemen posted above. If Landry makes the list, you might as well throw Jimmy Johnson or Barry Switzer on there… and that’s a joke. Sure, Belichick cheated, but he shouldn’t be on this list because if Parcells had Tom Brady he would have 5 rings instead 2. This debate could go on for days. So here is my unbiased list of coaching greats for you to pick apart:

    1. George Halas
    2.Vince Lombardi
    3. Paul “Bear” Bryant
    4. Knute Rockne
    5. Joe Gibbs
    6. Chuck Noll
    7. Don Shula
    8. Bill Parcells
    9. Joe Paterno
    10. Bill Walsh
    11. Frank Beamer (ok, I’m a little biased)
    27. Tom Landry

  8. By Jon on Jun 26, 2012 | Reply

    This list is almost as bad as the NFL’s top 100 for 2012. Not as bad but almost

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