Joe Gibbs would eliminate extra points and field goals


(Washington Post)

During his first stint in Washington, Joe Gibbs produced many excellent special teams units, which included the only kicker to win an NFL MVP award (Mark Moseley), and a dude who won plenty of fantasy leagues with a 149-point season in 1991 (Chip Lohmiller).

Which is why I was surprised by Gibbs’s answer when ESPN’s Colin Cowherd recently asked him if the PAT was now too pedestrian, too simple and too automatic.

“Yes,” Gibbs responded. “The answer to that question for me is yes, okay? I would say that it is. And I always used to love the idea, even when it came to even field goals, I was willing to say let the team decide. You get to the 10-[yard line], you get one point. You get to the five, you get two. I’m for anything like that, where the team — that’s 11 guys — helps determine the outcome of the game. Not one person kicking something.

“So if you got me, if I was in there voting, I’d say hey look, let’s let everybody go for two points,” Gibbs continued. “Now having said that, as a coach, if I was active in the NFL, I’d probably vote against it, for this reason: I don’t need another tough decision on the sideline. I’ve got enough of ’em.”

Then Cowherd suggested that the scrutiny and second-guessing nowadays would be even more severe than when Gibbs coached.

“Let me say this, when you coach in Washington D.C., they’re ripping you no matter what,” Gibbs disagreed. “I coached in Washington, and in Washington you lose the ballgame, it’s a bad Monday, I just want to tell you that. And everything that you do, you’re gonna be hung from the yardarms outside and you’re gonna be whipped, I can tell you that, in Washington.”

Was Gibbs actually hung from the yardarms and whipped during his time in Washington, metaphorically? I thought he was mostly treated pretty gently, at least in the second go-round. Regardless: no field goals? Two-point bonuses for reaching the five-yard line? That kind of stuff will not make his former special-teamers happy.

(Via Pro Football Talk)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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