"We'll talk at some point," Gibbs said when asked if he and Snyder had already discussed an extension. "That stuff takes place in the offseason. My focus now is on (Sunday's game at) Minnesota. That's where I'm going to leave it."
Through his spokesman, Snyder declined comment.
Although there has been speculation that last month's murder of Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor and four straight heartbreaking losses might cause Gibbs to move into the front office after this season, he seems heartened by the consecutive victories over NFC rivals Chicago and the New York Giants that have kept the 7-7 Redskins in the playoff hunt heading into the huge game against the 8-6 Vikings.
"I'll stick by my statements," said Gibbs, referring to his constant refrain that he has always planned to fulfill his contract.
Gibbs won three Super Bowls while going 140-65 with Washington from 1981-92 and earning election to the Hall of Fame. He's just 30-34 this time around with one playoff victory. But that triumph equaled their total during the 11 seasons that he was away from the Redskins.
Given the amazingly close games they've played the past seven weeks minus six absent starters (Taylor, offensive linemen Jon Jansen and Randy Thomas, cornerback Carlos Rogers, quarterback Jason Campbell and linebacker Rocky McIntosh), the Redskins obviously haven't given up on their coach. So Gibbs dismissed the idea that he needs an extension to assure the players and prospective free agents that he's not going anywhere.
"I think the players kinda know," Gibbs said. "They know me, what I'm all about. I don't think they're worried about that. They're worried about the playoffs. They're not worried about me."