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Coles Update II: Gibbs Denies WP Story

Feb 21, 2005, 10:10 PM EDT

In remarks broadcast on SportsTalk 980, Joe Gibbs denied a Washington Post report that the release of receiver Laveranues Coles was imminent. According to Gibbs, the story by Nunyo Demasio was not true:

The story referring to LC is inaccurate and not true. . .
Yeah, it says we’re going to release him; that’s in accurate and it’s not true.

When asked if Coles would definitely be on the team next year, Gibbs equivocated only slightly:

My statement is how I feel about it and I’m making plans and we’re going forward with what we have and [Coles] is part of those plans.

The door for Coles leaving is left open more than just a crack here. There’s plenty of room for the 5-11, 193-lb receiver to slip out of in Gibbs’ statement there.

Demasio, in an interview on the radio station, stood by the story. While he said that he may have been off on some details, the bottom line, according to Demasio, is that Coles will not play with the team in 2005. He said his sources were in both Coles’ camp and among team officials.

He said the Coles himself was not a source; apparently, Joe Gibbs was not either.

  1. BandWagon - Feb 21, 2005 at 9:41 PM

    Boy are we headed for another offseason title with this one. And to think, I was just wondering why things had been so quiet up til now.

    So Rich…are you rehashing your receiver outlook? I’m curious to get your opinions on what we’ll see next year. I don’t believe the conservative play calling this year meant that Gibbs had abandoned his vertical game. Lord knows he’s got plenty of that in him…just watch Q2 SBXXII if anyone needs a refresher. But I wonder if what we’re seeing here is the weeding out of some bad apples.

    Care to comment?

  2. BandWagon - Feb 22, 2005 at 1:41 AM

    Boy are we headed for another offseason title with this one. And to think, I was just wondering why things had been so quiet up til now.

    So Rich…are you rehashing your receiver outlook? I’m curious to get your opinions on what we’ll see next year. I don’t believe the conservative play calling this year meant that Gibbs had abandoned his vertical game. Lord knows he’s got plenty of that in him…just watch Q2 SBXXII if anyone needs a refresher. But I wonder if what we’re seeing here is the weeding out of some bad apples.

    Care to comment?

  3. mbarnes202 - Feb 21, 2005 at 11:10 PM

    Yeah,
    We’re in between the proverbial rock and a hard place. With Coles’ huge SB, we can’t really cut him or trade him, without basically forcing our hand in other areas (e.g., cut Samuels if he won’t restructure?). But now that the cat is out of the bag, can we afford to keep him? (Of course, we could, and I’m sure Gibbs would manage fine, but definitely not a good off-season sign when it’s public knowledge your #1 WR wants to leave.)
    I guess it’s March, and the ‘Skins simply COULD NOT go through an off-season without being the joke of the league. (Sigh.)

  4. mbarnes202 - Feb 22, 2005 at 3:10 AM

    Yeah,
    We’re in between the proverbial rock and a hard place. With Coles’ huge SB, we can’t really cut him or trade him, without basically forcing our hand in other areas (e.g., cut Samuels if he won’t restructure?). But now that the cat is out of the bag, can we afford to keep him? (Of course, we could, and I’m sure Gibbs would manage fine, but definitely not a good off-season sign when it’s public knowledge your #1 WR wants to leave.)
    I guess it’s March, and the ‘Skins simply COULD NOT go through an off-season without being the joke of the league. (Sigh.)

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