During Gibbs' first run with the Redskins, he was one of the most successful coaches in history, winning 68.3 percent of his games, good for third all-time behind Vince Lombardi and Joe Madden.
His Redskins won Super Bowls in 1982, 1987 and and 1991.
After a 20-13 defeat against the San Francisco 49ers in the 1992 Divisional Round, Gibbs retired and pursued other ventures including Joe Gibbs Racing, a NASCAR team that has won five championships, including three at NASCAR's highest level.
In late 2003, Steve Spurrier resigned as head coach of the 'Skins, and Snyder tried one last time to lure Gibbs from retirement and back onto the sidelines. On January 7th, 2004, Gibbs officially signed on to coach the team for five years.
His first season was the worst he ever had. The Skins went 6-10, showing an ineffective offense that negated their top-three defense. For his part, Gibbs showed he had indeed been away from the game for more than a decade. His offense was hit with multiple delay of game penalties and struggled with clock management all season long.
Things were a bit better in 2005, as the Skins sneaked into the playoffs, where they won a Wild-Card game before being smacked by the Seahawks.
The next season saw Gibbs trump his career-worst mark, and the Skins fell to 5-11.
He actually ended his second run with the Skins on a high-note, overcoming the Sean Taylor shooting tragedy and spurring his team on to their second playoff appearance in three seasons. Once again, however, the Skins were pitted against the superior Seahawks, whom they lost to in Seattle.
Exactly four years and one day to the date of his comeback, Gibbs retired again...this time for good.
His second stint with the 'Skins didn't go as well. The Skins went 30-34 and 1-2 in the playoffs.