Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who had been wooed by several groups trying to buy the team from the estate of the late Jack Kent Cooke, said this afternoon that he doesn't envision having any role with the team under Daniel M. Snyder's ownership.
Gibbs said he had received no overtures from Snyder or his representatives since Snyder's $800 million offer to buy the team and Jack Kent Cooke Stadium was approved unanimously by NFL owners on Tuesday.
"And I don't really foresee that happening," Gibbs said. "Right now, I think Daniel is going to want to have his own group to run that thing. I don't have any reason to think that they're going to ask me to do things."
Asked if he would be open to a role with the team's new owner, Gibbs said: "I guess the best way for me to say it is, I don't think it's going to be something that's going to happen."
Gibbs, who retired from coaching after the 1992 NFL season, said he had "a couple conversations" with Snyder's group "a while back," when Gibbs was affiliated with the bid of Arizona developer Sam Grossman. Grossman's offer of roughly $720 million was passed over in January, when the estate's trustees chose to sell the team to the partnership led by New York real estate magnate Howard Milstein.
Milstein withdrew that bid in April after it became clear he didn't have enough support among NFL owners to win approval.
Throughout the protracted sales process, Gibbs had been targeted by prospective buyers hoping to sign him up as a consultant to the team he led to three Super Bowl championships. Gibbs made clear to Grossman and others he had no plans to move back to Washington or resume football work full-time. Rather, under the arrangement he worked out with Grossman, Gibbs would have offered advice on key front-office and personnel decisions primarily by phone, flying in for consulting sessions perhaps weekly.
Gibbs said he didn't know who, if anyone, Snyder was considering to advise him on football matters.
Since leaving the Redskins, Gibbs has poured most of his energy and time into his racing teams. He expanded his NASCAR Winston Cup operation this year, adding a second team for rookie Tony Stewart.
At the moment, both of his teams are in the top 10 in the series points standings; Stewart is seventh, and driver Bobby Labonte is third.
Gibbs acknowledged this afternoon, in a conversation at Lowe's Motor Speedway, that his hands were "pretty much full" with his racing obligations. Labonte will start Sunday night's Coca-Cola 600 from the pole.
Gibbs had nothing but compliments for Snyder.
"I think what you're going to find in Daniel Snyder is someone who is very smart, very sharp, very aggressive, and I think he's going to put his own stamp on that football team," Gibbs said. "You've got a Washingtonian that loves the Redskins. I don't know what his thoughts are on the management part of it."
Gibbs also applauded Snyder's decision to keep Coach Norv Turner and General Manager Charley Casserly in place in the coming year.
"It will give him a full year to work with them and get a relationship with them and help him with decisions down the road," Gibbs said. "I think that's good. So he's got a competent group of people there that have been around the Redskins for awhile. I think with his input, that may be all they need."
CAPTION: Joe Gibbs, left, chats with Richard Childress at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Gibbs's budding race team includes Bobby Labonte and rookie Tony Stewart.