Gibbs seemed exasperated in that period when a reporter pressed him about team leaders and why the Redskins didn't seem to have any. At least there weren't Redskins who gave passionate pre-game speeches or who appointed themselves the team's public conscience. Gibbs pointed toward Monk and Warren and Coleman and said, "We're a businesslike team. We play with emotion, but just because you don't hear from guys doesn't mean they're not leaders."
They certainly were leaders now where it counted most on the playing field. They took five of their last seven games in 1990, and they did it with a smash-mouth style that coaches and players love. They ripped Miami, 42-20, and edged Chicago, 10-9. In a cold, driving rain at New England, they clinched a playoff berth before their last two games with a 25-10 victory over the Patriots and then savored their revenge against the Eagles.