ESPN's Len Pasquarelli took some parting shots at Joe Gibbs yesterday, the most bitter of the many sportswriters who were scooped by Jay Glazer regarding Gibbs' return to the NFL.
Counting playoff appearances, the Redskins went 31-36 under his stewardship, five games under the break-even point. His winning percentage of .463 was roughly one-third below the .683 standard Gibbs set during his earlier 11-year reign... He was, simply, too old to handle his players, to understand their perspectives, to push their buttons in this era of salary-cap football (remember, Gibbs didn't have to worry about the salary cap during his first stint). And the wear and tear of a season is hard on any coach, much less one who qualifies for senior citizen discounts at your neighborhood cafeteria.
At no point does he mention that the Redskins made the playoffs twice in his four year stint. He also fails to mention that with Vinny Cerrato and Dan Snyder the de facto general managers, the Redskins have the most fundamentally flawed front office in the NFL. Although most teams would find making the playoffs half the time acceptable, it's harder to accomplish in Washington than in Baltimore, Philadelphia, or Pittsburgh, who have successful front offices. In Washington it's Herculean.