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Joe Gibbs was a remarkable coach. When he began his head-coaching job with the Washington Redskins, he had ambitions about mounting an explosive passing attack, but when Gibbs took stock of his talent, he put together a power running game with JohnMoreJoe Gibbs was a remarkable coach. When he began his head-coaching job with the Washington Redskins, he had ambitions about mounting an explosive passing attack, but when Gibbs took stock of his talent, he put together a power running game with John Riggins. Gibbs was not a theoretical genius- he was a practical one. His innovations were hatched to meet needs.Gibbs’s high energy, tireless approach to coaching was perhaps most productive in the long hours of the night working out game plans with his tightly-knit staff. Gibbs’s efforts were most visible on the playing field where his Redskins manhandled the opposition. Gibbs did not put together perfect seasons, but no season was without hope. Some Redskins’ teams were written off as failures, only to resurrect at midseason or later. Whether in a season or a game, the Redskins were never done until the final whistle.In Gibbs’s first 12-season stretch as the Redskins head coach, he led his team to three Super Bowl victories and four NFC Championships. His Redskins made the playoffs an incredible 8 times in 12 years. In Gibbs’s second stretch, from 2004-2007, he had two teams make the playoffs.Gibbs and his coaches created an exciting, competitive, and successful environment for his players. Special attention was given to an offensive line of “Hogs” and tough steamrolling running backs. The team’s 3-yard plunges could create as much excitement as 30-yard runs.Gibbs’s influence was not made solely with x’s and o’s, great schemes, plays, and programs- although he did have brilliant influences in these areas. Gibbs’s most important influence came from his achievements while maintaining a great passion for life, for meaning, and for living right.Here is the story of one of the greatest coaches in NFL history.