Chapter 5, Page 179
The son of a cash register salesman in Spokane, Washington, Rypien never
strayed far from his blue-collar heritage or the solid work habits that helped a
fourth-round draft choice make it. He was tough. He was patient. He almost never made a
Mountain movers: Raleigh McKenzie (63), Mark Schlereth (69), Jeff Bostic (53) and Jim Lachey (79, far right) celebrate a Gerald Riggs (37) push into the end zone behind them in a 41-10 drubbing of the Lions. The January 12, 1991 victory removed the final obstacle to Super Bowl XXVI.
(Joel Richardson/The Washington Post)
He also was playing for possibly the only NFL coach who understood the
importance of focusing on the things he could do instead of those he couldn't. For all
his flutter balls and lack of arm strength, Rypien had a unique touch on the deep
pass. He threw it with as much accuracy as any quarterback in the NFL. He also
was smart enough to absorb a game plan twice as big those of most teams.
Gibbs took advantage of those talents. He built the Redskins offense around
Byner's inside running. When a defense was forced to play the run, he sent Clark and
Sanders down the field.
After the 1991 Detroit opener,
Gibbs knew that something special was happening. "That's about as good as we've ever played," he said.
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