Chapter 4, Page 121

The Hogs
Hogs as the slaughterers: Don Warren (85), Mark May (73) and George Starke (74) — key members of the close-knit Hogs of the offensive line — move in unison to bust open a hole in the Raiders' defense. (Bill Snead/The Washington Post)

"I shook his hand, and it probably was the greatest thing I ever did, because I would never have guessed the numbers I ended up making," said Gibbs, who was earning more than $1 million a season when he retired. "Twice, on his own, [Cooke] said, 'I'm going to re-do your contract.' He was on the hook, and he remembered. But if I had done the eight-year contract and guessed at the numbers I wanted, I'd have done half" of what he ultimately earned.

On January 13, 1981, Joe Gibbs was introduced at a news conference as the 17th head coach of the Washington Redskins.

The cupboard wasn't bare when Gibbs took over. Beathard already had made one of his shrewdest draft picks by taking Syracuse's Art Monk in the first round in 1980. From the Canadian Football League, Beathard had imported punt returner Mike Nelms, who would make the next three Pro Bowls. Then there was Neil Olkewicz, a slow, undersized, middle linebacker from Maryland who had signed with the Redskins in 1979 and always seemed on the verge of being replaced — except that he stayed 11 seasons.

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