Gibbs Blindsides 'Skins, Resigns

Hall of Famer unexpectedly retires again after team's unlikely playoff run
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2008 11:25 AM CST
Gibbs Blindsides 'Skins, Resigns
Washington Redskins footbal coach Joe Gibbs walks off the field following their team practice at Redskins Park, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2007, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Joe Gibbs is retiring again, stepping down as both coach and president of the Washington Redskins, the team he’s spent a total of 16 years leading, the Washington Post reports. Gibbs will stay with the team somehow, perhaps as a consultant to owner Dan Snyder. No announcement of a replacement followed Gibbs' surprise decision.

Gibbs has often said he’d like to spend more time with his family, particularly his grandson, who has leukemia. But he has a year left on his contract, making the sudden announcement a shock for the team. “I think this year really took a toll on him and the whole staff,” said backup QB Mark Brunell. (Read more NFL stories.)

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