A Talent Finder Is a Keeper By Michael Wilbon Thursday, January 10, 2008; Page E01 You knew the moment Joe Gibbs got in his car to drive away from Redskins Park after his news conference Tuesday that Bill Cowher's name would be on the lips of pretty much everybody in metropolitan Washington. After all, the Redskins don't do low-profile coaches, do they? This Story Redskins' Future Is in Talking Stage Michael Wilbon: A Talent Finder Is a Keeper Interactive Graphic: Stress of the Job In Dan Snyder's tenure as owner, he has hired three coaches -- Marty Schottenheimer, Steve Spurrier and Joe Gibbs -- all of them mega-celebrities, each one more accomplished than the other. It kind of fits, really. Washington isn't a sports town, it's a star town. The bigger the profile the more we like it. And Snyder, who grew up here, is certainly a product of his environment. So are most of the editors and news directors who, the moment they heard Gibbs was waving goodbye, asked, "Where's Cowher?" Well, how has that Celebrity Coach thing worked out so far for the Redskins? Let's see: no trips to the Super Bowl, no trips to the conference championship game. The Giants have been to the Super Bowl this decade. The Eagles have been to the Super Bowl this decade. The Cowboys, as the No. 1 seed in the NFC in these playoffs, are favored to go to the Super Bowl this year. That's all of the NFC East . . . except the Redskins. Apparently the Celebrity Coach model ain't what it's cracked up to be.

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