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Joe Gibbs resigns as Redskins coach

His second stint in Washington lasting just four years. From AP-

WASHINGTON – After the toughest season of his Hall of Fame career, one that tested his leadership like never before, Joe Gibbs is stepping down.

He resigned as coach and team president of the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, three days after a playoff loss ended an inspirational late-season run that followed the death of safety Sean Taylor.

Gibbs will remain as a special adviser to owner Dan Snyder and was to discuss his resignation at an afternoon news conference at Redskins Park.

The Redskins will search for a new coach immediately. Among the certain candidates are two former head coaches on Gibbs’ staff, Gregg Williams and Al Saunders. The new coach will be the sixth since Snyder bought the team in 1999.

Gibbs went 31-36, including 1-2 in the playoffs, after emerging from NFL retirement and his NASCAR career to sign a five-year, $27.5 million contract in 2004. He had always maintained he intended to fulfill the contract, but the 67-year-old coach wavered from that stance Monday when asked if he would return for the final year of his deal.

Gibbs retirement doesn’t really surprise me. First because of his age, then because of the blown timeout he called versus Buffalo. That act of carelessness cost a game, but may have also told the coach that the sport was passing him by.

No matter, I wish Gibbs well in retirement.

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