Chat with Joe Gibbs
Gibbs finished his NFL coaching career with a 167-84 record.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs will stop by to chat about the start of the upcoming NFL season, his ownership of Joe Gibbs Racing and his new book "Game Plan For Life Chalk Talks" which is in stores now.
This is the sixth book Gibbs has authored and includes 40 readings by Gibbs that seek to encourage sports fans and non-sports fans alike. Through inspiring stories, prayer and the use of God's plan, Gibbs tries to help men become successful in life, not just with wealth, but to be great husbands, fathers, sons and friends.
Gibbs coached three Super Bowl-winning teams with the Washington Redskins and three NASCAR championship teams. He had only three losing seasons with the Redskins in his 16 years of coaching, while making the playoffs 10 times.
Send your questions now and join Gibbs Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (2:14 PM)
Joe Gibbs will be joining us shortly! Keep your questions coming!
Joe Gibbs (2:16 PM)
Hello everyone! I'm ready for your questions!
Rob Martin (Orlando, FL)
Looking forward to reading the new book. Of all the advice you have for men about how to be successful in life, which parts do you have the hardest time living up to yourself?
Joe Gibbs (2:18 PM)
Right priorities in life. I came out of school competitive and wanting to achieve everything. I wanted to do it all. I was so consumed with coaching. I wish I had done it differently and spent more time with my boys and Pat. I wish I had kept God and family first at all times and my influence on other second and my job third.
Peter Bernard (Detroit)
Is it hard to "coach" NASCAR drivers?
Joe Gibbs (2:19 PM)
It's almost exactly like football. In football I had QBs and now I have drivers. A lot of similarities. It depends on the person, but sometimes they are hard to handle, yes. That's the hard part of being a coach or owner. The two sports are a lot alike.
Jason Byrnes (STL)
Would you have taken a chance on Tim Tebow? Are you as anxious as we are about seeing how the Jets use him and how he performs?
Joe Gibbs (2:20 PM)
Yes to both questions. I think anybody who is that kind of competitor in college and can lead a team the way he did has a very good chance to be succesful at the NFL level. Many times we get to worrying about a throwing motion, but we see generally the guys who can compete at that high level can also have the same success in the NFL. I think he could do that.
Who has more pressure on them in D.C. ... Mike Shanahan or Obama?
Joe Gibbs (2:21 PM)
I like that question. Good question. I'd say it is very similar. I think they both have extremely tough jobs. The political world has the edge though. I'd give the nod to Obama.
Jim Watters (Pittsburgh)
How does the competition level in NASCAR compare to the NFL?
Joe Gibbs (2:22 PM)
It's very similar. In both sports you have the best people in the world at the highest level trying to win a championship. It is intense competition. It is extremely hard but that is why we like it. We love seeing how it plays out.
Jack M. (New York)
How frustrating would it be to have to coach in the regular season with replacement referees? I know you're a pretty reserved guy, but what are the chances you would lose it on the sidelines?
Joe Gibbs (2:23 PM)
Pretty good chance. I think you are going to get a lot of instant replay! I think it is a hard enough job with trained pros. To back off that would be tough. I would hate to see it. Because of that, I think we will see it settled soon.
Tom Davis (Encino, CA)
Is Andrew Luck as much a can't-miss prospect as everyone is saying?
Joe Gibbs (2:23 PM)
I didn't get to see him play a lot in college, so it's hard for me to say. I haven't studied him as much as I would like. But when you see that kind of reputation and someone who has achieved what he has achieved and to be the No. 1 pick ... it's hard to imagine him missing.
Jason Kelley (Jersey Shore)
What is it about WRs that make them such drama queens, moreso than any other position?
Joe Gibbs (2:25 PM)
I'm not sure that is the case. I coached Art Monk and Ricky Sanders and some guys that really handled their emotions really well. I'm not sure that is a true statement. I think guys have different personality traits that show up at every position. Maybe not OL though!
Tom Morrison (Charlotte, NC)
What advice would you give a first-time NFL head coach who may be making the leap from college?
Joe Gibbs (2:26 PM)
I'd say be yourself. You obviously have achieved a lot to get where you are in the NFL. I coached under four different coaches coming up as an assistant. I learned they were all very different personalities. You can be yourself and learn from others the same time. Just don't pattern yourself after someone else.
David Wilson (Boston, Ma)
I heard that you were coaching youth football ... how worried are you about concussions in the NFL and how it could impact the future of the sport?
Joe Gibbs (2:27 PM)
It's a real concern. The years I coached we had great medical teams and that is the case today. But in the years I coached, I don't remember it really happening that often. But today with all of the information we have, we probably missed some things. It's a big problem they need to deal with moving forward. It's also going to dramatically impact the rules of the game.
Did you ever feel like you got outcoached in a game, or were the losses always just the other team being better or some other factor?
Joe Gibbs (2:28 PM)
I definitely feel like I got outcoahed at times. You are going up against the best coaching staffs in the world. I have to be honest, at times I felt like some of those coaches did a better job on certain Sundays.
Daniel Blocker (Texas)
Is RGIII in the same league as Andrew Luck?
Joe Gibbs (2:29 PM)
From everything I can tell he is. Obviously more of a runner, but I think it will be interesting to see who winds up having the best career. They are two of the best to come out in recent times for sure.
Timo (San Diego)
Are you watching football on Sunday afternoons or doing something else?
Joe Gibbs (2:30 PM)
NASCAR keeps me away from most of the regular season games but I do watch Sunday and Monday night games. And I get to see the playoffs.
Who was the player you butted heads most with? Riggo? Somebody else? Hail to the Redskins!
Joe Gibbs (2:31 PM)
I think there were a few of those in my career! I coached some characters. I better not incriminate myself by naming names. But yes, you butt heads all the time. But my guys in general were great team guys and we found a way to get along and win.
Danny C (NY)
Who is the best quarterback in the league right now?
Joe Gibbs (2:32 PM)
That's a tough question. There is a group at the top of Brady, Manning, Rodgers, Brees ... they are all premier guys. You can't really pick one.
Mark Johnson (Ft. Lauderdale)
Can you send Chad Johnson a copy of your book? I think he needs it.
Joe Gibbs (2:33 PM)
When you see something like that happen to someone, I'm really going to be praying for him. You hate to see that happen in someone's life.
dillon, erie pa [via mobile]
hi joe, its an honor to talk to you, what was the best moment of your nfl career?
Joe Gibbs (2:34 PM)
I had so many! The Super Bowls were all special in their own way. So many relationships and things that happen in practice. We had great fans in Washington and a great fan base. So many great moments. Meeting the fans in the parking lot after a big win is something I always remember.
Stephen Allen (Knoxville, TN)
You see to have excelled at everything. What is something you weren't good at?
Joe Gibbs (2:35 PM)
Yes, read Gameplanforlife.com. I share all of my mistakes in that book. I had a financial mess. A vocational struggle. Also a health issue. A lot of adversity I had to overcome.
Joe Gibbs (2:37 PM)
I have to run but I really appreciate the questions! This was fun. Take care!