Joe Gibbs' To-Do List

Sure, Joe Gibbs may seem to be some super-human figure, but, in reality, he's just like the rest of us. More than likely, he arrives at work and makes a to-do list. Here is what is likely to be on his list along with some details of how he's going to go about accomplishing the tasks at hand:

-- Find a place to live. He lived closer to the old Redskins Park the last go-around. The good news is that he doesn't have to worry about being in a good school district—the boys have long since graduated. Nor is rush hour traffic much of a concern since Gibbs will generally be heading into the office before the traffic thickens and leaving for home long after most have finished dinner.

--Have one on ones with all of the current players: These could be some interesting sessions. Has Gibbs been told who was talking on the cell phones during meetings?

--Evaluate other teams' free agents: The free agency period will be begin in early March, just over six weeks from now. As we've seen, Dan Snyder likes to act quickly and decisively when the date arrives (perhaps even before, but we won't go there).

--Evaluate the team's current players on film: Either before or after talking to them, Gibbs is going to have to see what they actually did on the field. As Gibbs at the rest of the coaches evaluating the film won't know just what a particular player's assignment was on a particular play, they'll be evaluating things like technique and hustle.

--Develop the framework of an offense: What Gibbs used to run won't work any more—or will it? Everyone knew the Counter Trey was coming in the 80's and they couldn't stop it. Why would it be any different in '04? On many levels it seems that Patrick Ramsey is an advanced version of Gibbs' last Super Bowl winning QB, perhaps Mark Rypien version 2.0. What could Ramsey do with the maximum-protection schemes that Gibbs designed for Ryp?

--Develop the framework of a defense: Sure, this will be Gregg Williams' task in large part, but Gibbs certainly will have a hand in it.

--Develop roles for players: This is the most critical part of designing the offense and the defense; figuring out what the players do best and designing schemes to take advantage of those strengths and, perhaps more importantly, minimize their weaknesses. This is where Gibbs and his staff excelled during his previous tenure here.

Rich Tandler is the author of the upcoming book Gut Check: The Complete History of Joe Gibbs' Washington Redskins. Read accounts of each games that Gibbs coached for the Redskins, data on every player who played for him and every coach who coached under him, offseason and between-games headlines and much, much more. For details on how to obtain this book, a must-have for any true Redskins fan, go to www.gutcheckbook.com.


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