Gibbs Could Be Getting Extension

The saga of Joe Gibbs' immediate coaching future seemed to mirror Brad Childress' this season. Both seemed on the brink of not returning for next season after a period of struggling, but now each of them is fighting for a playoff spot and Gibbs could be in line for an extension.

Not only does Joe Gibbs expect to return for the final year of the five-year, $25 million contract he signed in 2004, Washington's coach didn't knock down rumors that he and Redskins owner Dan Snyder will talk about an extension.

"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."

NOTES

  • S Omar Stoutmire was re-signed for the second time this season on Thursday, replacing CB John Eubanks, who was cut on Wednesday. This is 11-year veteran Stoutmire's third stint as a Redskin.

  • TE Todd Yoder didn't practice for a second straight day as he battles a cartilage defect in his right knee. Yoder is still expected to play on Sunday at Minnesota.

  • C/G Mike Pucillo didn't practice on Thursday as his ailing back flared up again. Pucillo was inactive last Sunday against the New York Giants.

  • RB Clinton Portis returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday with the flu.

  • WR Santana Moss returned on Thursday after missing Wednesday with the flu.

  • S LaRon Landry didn't practice because of a sore quadriceps suffered during last Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

  • S Pierson Prioleau didn't practice because of a sore hamstring suffered during last Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

  • WR Keenan McCardell was limited after straining a calf during practice.


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