Mr. Gibbs returns to Washington
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Washington owner Daniel Snyder had indicated that he wanted a proven NFL coach to lead his team after Spurrier's resignation. Washington has made the playoffs only once since the glory days under Gibbs, late owner Jack Kent Cooke and former general manager Bobby Beathard.
"Joe Gibbs helped define what the Washington
Snyder interviewed three other candidates -- former New York
Gibbs coached the
"The desire to coach has always been with me, even after being away from the game for 11 years," said Gibbs, whose contract with the
While working in NASCAR, Gibbs' racing teams have captured two Winston Cup Championships in the last four seasons, with Bobby Labonte winning in 2000 and
Gibbs will continue to oversee his racing team, but his son J.D. Gibbs will perform the day-to-day operations.
"I'm very happy for him," said Stewart. "He's always been a coach, and football has always been very close to him. After working with Joe for a number of years, I know his commitment to winning is unmatched. Fans of the
The 63-year-old Gibbs, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996, has a career regular-season record of 124-60, with a 16-5 mark in the postseason.
His 140 wins is the 14th best in NFL history, accomplished in just 12 seasons, six seasons less than his 13 counterparts. Gibbs' all-time win percentage of .683 remains the best among all NFL coaches with more than 125 wins.
Gibbs is currently a minority owner with the Atlanta
His return to coaching is similar to the path's taken by Dick Vermeil and Bill Parcells. Vermeil returned to the NFL in 1997 following a 14-year absence, led the St. Louis
Vermeil, a former Philadelphia
Gibbs marks the fifth coach under Snyder since the Bethesda marketing executive bought the team in 1999.