Joe Gibbs still has that disarming presence.
Gibbs isn't one of those wow guys who commands a lot of attention. But don't mistake the bespectacled, quiet demeanor for a pushover personality.
Gibbs continues to prove he has plenty of fire left, guiding the Redskins back into the Super Bowl chase with a first-round 17-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Bucs on Saturday afternoon.
The Redskins won their sixth consecutive game in typical old-school style, gaining an NFL playoff record low 120 yards, but seizing momentum with two turnovers resulting in 14 points and an insurmountable advantage.
They also advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, though Gibbs' playoff presence dates back 13 seasons. He left the sidelines for a while, focusing on his NASCAR Nextel Cup team that includes reigning champion Tony Stewart.
Now 65, Gibbs had been the point man during this organization's victory-lane years from 1981-92, when the Redskins went to four Super Bowls and three championships under his watch.
"I can't even think that far back," Gibbs said after Saturday's victory. "All I know is that when this team was sitting there at 5-6, and then to be able to win six in a row, I'm really proud of these guys."
Gibbs is now third among coaches on all-time playoff victories with 17, trailing only Tom Landry (20) and Don Shula (19). Now in his second season in his coaching makeover, Gibbs weathered a 6-10 transitional year before getting the Redskins functioning efficiently after a series of coaching carrousels that included Steve Spurrier.
There is nothing fancy about the way the Redskins get things done: Defense and a solid running game will win a bunch of games for you.
Although the Redskins sputtered all day, they squeezed enough points to win with a 6-yard run by Clinton Portis in the first quarter (set up by a LaVar Arrington interception) - followed by a fumble recovery by Sean Taylor.
The victory finally gives the franchise something to celebrate. The dog years included a failure to make the playoffs 10 of 11 years - and their one appearance was a quick cameo 14-13 loss to Tampa Bay in the divisional round six years ago.
"I'm extra proud of the defense, proud of how we handled everything," Arrington said. "I would have never believed we'd be here going into the second round of the playoffs. We're battle tested, though."