Gregg Williams FIRED?!

You’ve got to be absolutely kidding me:

Williams met four times with Snyder to discuss the head coaching job, but it quickly became clear that the owner was more focused on other candidates, including former New York Giants head coach Jim Fassel, current Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels.

Jim Fassel wouldn’t be a bad pick… nor would Bill Cowher (long rumored to be in the hunt).

If there was a current Redskins coach I would have promoted, it would have been Gregg Williams. What he did with our defense was nothing short of incredible.

In true Redskins fashion, this coach — like many fired Redskins players and coaches — will more than likely go on to do incredible things. Norv Turner? Took his team to the AFC Championship this year. Marvin Lewis? Bengals head coach. I still remember both Rich Gannon and Stan Humphries being the backups to Mark Rypien in ’91 — both went to Super Bowls. Trent Green, anyone?

I’m sure just about every Redskins fan can name great players and coaches ripped away from the fans, only do to better things elsewhere.


Steinbrennerism is a disease deserved only by the New York Yankees.

UPDATE: Sorry, I’ve got to continue ranting about this terrible decision by Dan Snyder:

“Coach Williams is a great coach,” fullback Mike Sellers said. “The players love him. It would be sad to see him not get it.”

“Coach (Gibbs) has that granddaddy effect on you,” cornerback Fred Smoot said. “And Gregg, he gives off a mad scientist-type vibe. You’ve got to love that if you’re a football player.”

Of course, perhaps given this article we should have all seen this coming:

Owner Dan Snyder wouldn’t comment on Williams in particular, but did say the following:

“I think we know how the players feel about all the coaches, the organization, the community, the fans. We’re a close-knit group of people at this point.”

Yeah… so close knit Snyder couldn’t wait to gut the mastermind of the only thing working in Washington.

UPDATE x2: Sic Semper Tyrannis piles on… I’m sure we’ll see cries of lament from Vivian Paige soon enough.

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3 Responses to Gregg Williams FIRED?!

  1. Jason Kenney says:

    Fassel would be a HORRIBLE choice. The man can’t keep an up record and has nothing going for him other than age and experience in doing okay one season, horribly the next, okay again, back to horrible, etc, etc, etc. Williams would have been better, sure, but his record is questionable and you have to remember that people were screaming for his head a year ago when the Skins were terrible because the defense couldn’t put anything together. (Well, neither could the offense…)

    I don’t like where this is heading for the Skins. Short of Cowher coming out of retirement this year (something he’s said he won’t do for another year), this probably won’t be pretty. Now, if Snyder’s just putting things in place for now and waiting for that year to go by…

  2. Shaun Kenney says:

    Fassell won a SUPER BOWL for crying out loud.

    Williams was always good when he had the right team. Case in point: Two years ago when Arrington was hurt or playing out of position all the time, the defense was the top-ranked D in the NFL.

    Last year sucked because the offense couldn’t stay on the field.

    Cowher, Williams, Fassell — and in that order. Now the tough question is whom do we get for Defensive Co-Ordinator?

  3. Jason Kenney says:

    Agree on the order, if those are the choices.

    Fassell has the job, this is just Snyder clearing out any position he may want to fill. All the other coaching positions have been hired with Fassell’s OK. They’re just going through the motions now, I guess.

    Here’s hoping it’s temporary.

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