Gibbs: 'I won't coach in 1994'

October 18, 1993|By Vito Stellino | Vito Stellino,Staff Writer

TEMPE, ARIZONA — TEMPE, Ariz. -- Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins were both in the Valley of the Sun during the weekend, but their paths didn't cross.

The former Redskins coach was in Tucson, about 120 miles from here, on Saturday night to watch his son, Coy, play for Stanford against Arizona. The Redskins played the Phoenix Cardinals in Tempe yesterday.

Gibbs, who did not attend the Redskins game, told the Arizona Republic: "My days there are over with. I don't belong around there. My time is gone."

Gibbs said he won't return to coaching in 1994 because his son will be playing his senior year at Stanford, but he left the door open after that.

"Being able to watch my son, Coy, play football every Saturday hasbeen a real thrill. That's one of the reasons I quit coaching," he said.

Gibbs said he is "having a ball" and doesn't know if he'll return to coaching.

"I miss some of the things to do with football, like the fellowship and game preparation. But there's too many other things I'm doing now that I enjoy," he said.

"I know my name's been thrown out there for this job and that job. They say I'm going to be Charlotte's coach if they get an expansion team because my [NASCAR] team is based in Charlotte. But that certainly wasn't in my thinking when I got out [of the NFL].

"First of all, I'm definitely not coaching next year. I'm going to see my son play football," he said.

"As far as down the road, I can't answer that. But I'm not going to coach until my family and I decide what should be done. . . .

But I'm having the time of my life right now."

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