I'm reading on the Falcons Roost, which is citing the NFL Network, the Alex Gibbs is going back into semi-retirement, citing burnout, the same reasons he did so in Denver after the 2000 season.
PSUPride1 of The Falcons Roost wrote:
I just heard it on the NFL channel. Looks like Gibbs will be in gameplanning sessions every Monday through Wednesday and then return to the southwest (Phoenix?) for the rest of the week.
I didnt hear anything about his training camp schedule. I suppose the team will make an announcement shortly.
This would now mean that Asst. OL Coach Clancy Barone is now in charge of the unit. Of course, you can think "Oh No!" or you can be like "Too bad" at this news. I think I'm a "too bad" guy.
I definitely think there's more to this story than just burnout. Gibbs said when he was hired by the Falcons that he wanted to coach another 3 years and then call it quits. He's done after 1? Now this is the part where I lay down all the conspiracy theories:
1. Gibbs was forced out by Greg Knapp. Barone has strong connections with Knapp, having played and coached alongside him at Sacramento State. One could argue that when Barone was hired (which wasn't until July), it was a move to bring in a Knapp "spy" for Gibbs.
2. Feeding off the previous conspiracy, maybe Knapp was directly involved with "forcing" Gibbs out, but maybe Gibbs came to the conclusion that they couldn't have a great working relationship and maybe he approached Mora with an ultimatum, and Mora chose Knapp.
3. Gibbs is looking to move elsewhere. He recently talked to Pete Carroll, right after Norm Chow left for Tennessee.
Feb. 11 - Whittier Daily News wrote:
Carroll is still fighting the Cleveland Browns for New York Giants offensive line coach Pat Ruel. Carroll spoke to Atlanta Falcons offensive line coach Alex Gibbs, but said it was more for advice than actual job interest, because Gibbs makes far too much money to leave the NFL.
Which basically doesn't mean Carroll/Gibbs isn't interested, just that he didn't think the move was likely.
4. Alex Gibbs hates Kevin Shaffer.
One question that of course arises from Gibbs departure as the main guy, is how it will affect the off-season? Will Barone/Knapp start pulling more weight in terms of personnel decisions? How will the blocking schemes differ? Are we still going to be looking for the same type of players upfront?
So many questions, not enough answers. And I don't think will be until April and the summer.