Friday, January 12, 2007

’91 Skins earn spot in all-time Super Bowl lineup

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Jan 12, 2007 3:00 AM (5 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 8 of 11,694 articles

WASHINGTON - This just in: The Redskins are not going to the Super Bowl this season.

But trust me, there was time when the postseason was colored burgundy and gold. And now we can relive the glory of Joe Gibbs’ 1991 team that won it all, dispatching the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXVI, 37-24, in Minneapolis.

Tonight at 8, that Redskins team will be honored as part of the NFL Network’s series, “America’s Game: The Super Bowl Champions.” It counts down the top 20 Super Bowl-winning teams of all time.

It was a Redskins team rife with talent and personality and the show answers some intriguing questions about the cast: Why did Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke tell Gibbs his roster had too many “old guys” on it? What happened during Gibbs’ first run-in with a fan after winning Super Bowl XXVI? You will have to wait until tonight for the answers.

The story of the ’91 Redskins — ranked 14th among all Super Bowl winners by a 53-member blue ribbon panel of NFL experts — is told through the eyes of Gibbs, defensive end Charles Mann and quarterback Mark Rypien.

“The star of this show is Joe Gibbs,” said NFL Films President Steve Sabol. “He is very animated and candid in this show. He tells some wonderful Jack Kent Cooke stories and does a pretty good impression of the former Washington owner. The ’91 Redskins might have been his best job as a coach because there were no real stars on the team. It was in many ways like the Patriots of this era.”

Like every Super Bowl winner in the network’s countdown, there is some post-panel debate over the ’91 Redskins ranking.

“I really thought that this team deserved to be ranked in the top 10, perhaps in the top five,” Sabol said. “They were as dominant a team as there ever was in football. Some people forget that they went 11-0 and looked like they might go undefeated. I really think that the lack of a marquee player hurt the all-time rankings of what was a truly great team.”

This is an awesome show for any Redskins fan. Especially the ones who are beginning to forget just how good things were the first time around with Coach Joe.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer.


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