The winningest coach in Redskins history will be watching the Cowboys game from the owner’s suite on Sunday.
Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Gibbs directed Washington to three Super Bowl championships and was named NFL Coach of the Year three times. In 16 years as head coach of the Redskins, covering two stints from 1981-1992 and 2004-2007, Gibbs had a 154-94 record and posted a .500 record (16-16) against Dallas.
I caught up with Gibbs at FedExField about 80 minutes before kickoff against the Cowboys.
Gabe Hiatt: What does it mean to you to be here today?
Joe Gibbs: I’m excited anytime we play the Cowboys. I get excited about it. This will be a great way for us to kind of finish off the year. We had a tough time this year. I’m excited about our chances today. Let’s get them on our home turf here and grind them into the ground.
GH: What are your personal experiences with this rivalry?
JG: I think for me in all those games against the Cowboys I think about the great coaches they had, coach (Tom) Landry, coach (Jimmy) Johnson, (Bill) Parcells. I really love this. This is one of the greatest, I think, sports rivalries. And there’s real hate there. I’ll say this. In all the games I coached against them, I think there’s like 29 or 30, I think were kind of split. To the best that I remember, almost all those games in most cases came down to the last minute in the game. They were great football rivalries. I expect the same thing today.
GH: What are your impressions of the Redskins today and what do they need to do to put together a winning performance?
JG: They’ve got the people here to make that decision. That wouldn’t be for me to decide. I think with Dan (Snyder) doing a great job, Mike (Shanahan), Bruce (Allen), I think this can happen to you. You can have a tough year. You get a few injuries and lose a few close games, which is what happened this year. I think all you can do is get yourself squared away for next year and let’s go.
GH: How has owning and operating Joe Gibbs racing helped fill a competitive void for you?
JG: It’s very similar, the competitive part of it. Now I’m an owner there; I’m not a coach. The coaches over there are crew chiefs. I got both boys over there working in racing with me. That’s a thrill to have the family there. So it’s family, it’s competitive, and I think that fills a lot of my desire to be competing in something.
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