By Ronald Guy
This seems unfair; it hurts a little. Let’s just get on with it and rip the band-aid off quickly.
After Joe Gibbs’ retirement in 1993, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke promoted long-time defensive coordinator Ritchie Pettibon to the helm. The obligatory promotion ended after one 4-12 season during which the ‘Skins eroded before our tearful eyes from perennial playoff contender to a team in desperate need of a complete roster reboot.
After a resounding Week 1 defeat to the Dallas Cowboys, the wheels fell off the franchise quickly and Pettibon was helpless to stop the meltdown. He departed at season’s end and never coached again.
Pettibon’s single season ended the good times of the Gibbs era as rudely as Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” ended the age of hair metal. One (the former) pains me more than the other (the latter). Hey, mullets and acid washed jeans needed to go; Ritchie Pettibon deserved a better ending.