Get Well Soon, Don

Don Breaux is impossible not to like. He has a great temperament, a wonderful way of speaking with a Louisiana twang, and a caring, grandfatherly nature. He's as close a Gibbs confidant as there is, and his words carry a great weight with the man running the show, but Coach Breaux goes generally overlooked around here, which is perfectly fine with him.

And I like it, too, because he's always accessible while media brethren scamper elsewhere. There's nary a story on Gibbs or the offense I write without running some stuff by him, but I'm not sure I've ever seen any of the legion of television cameras out here ever turn his way.

This week that might change when Don returns from the hospital following a hernia operation. I look forward to catching up with him and hope he's feeling as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

When I first got this job in the winter of 2004, and started hanging out at The Park during the dull days, looking to make my introductions to the coaches, I enjoyed each conversation. But Don in particular could not have been more welcoming. We spent as much of that first conversation talking me as we did Coach Gibbs and the staff here, and that's because Don wouldn't let me get a question in. He was generally interested in my background, where I'd worked, which teams I'd covered, where I went to school.

It was a little daunting trying to make inroads with such a big and distinguished staff, and we great to know that right away someone knew my name, a little something about, and thought I was probably an alright kid. It's fun talking to Don about anything - he did some spear fishing this summer during a large family vacation in The Keys, for instance - and I still have to get him to his first NHL game at some point. I promised a while back. Maybe at the least I could shoot him over to the rink in Ashburn for a Caps scrimmage when they start training camp out here in the next few weeks.

By Jason La Canfora |  August 28, 2006; 12:00 PM ET
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Finally, someone giving props to Breaux. Now, Jason, turn this into a cover story in the print edition. Use the occasion of his hernia operation to do an article not on his health, but on his importance to both the first and second Gibbs eras.

Interesting side note: I put the question of who is the offensive and defensive coordinator of the Redskins to some supposed die hard skins fans, and guess what? None of them could get either part of the question right. Pathetic if you ask me.

Posted by: Thank you thank you thank you | August 28, 2006 01:24 PM

Breau and Blache, right?

Posted by: Ricky | August 28, 2006 01:52 PM

Please give Don Breaux everyone's best wishes.

I like your blog for posts like this one. It's good to hear an informed opinion without the formality of a newspaper article.

The articles are good, and they serve their purpose. But it's nice to read about the coaches and players as people and not as legends or heroes. It's also nice to understand all the conversations and connections that go into reporting on the team.

I enjoy the perspective. Thanks.

Posted by: Phil | August 28, 2006 08:07 PM

A couple of troubling aspects of this article for me:
1. Why is Dan Snyder having private conversations with Michael Wilbon and then Michael Wilbon's piece on the game overlooks the dreadful preseason and says let the season begin. Just how far is MW in Dan Snyder's pocket.

2. Is Dan Snyder getting involved in peronnel decisions again by letting out that he thinks Jason Campbell is the #2 quarterback?

Does MW sit in a Wash Post luxury suite at the game, that Snyder can pull from Wilbon if he doesn;t get the kind of coverage he wants. Does the Wash. Post have a lux suite at Fedex? I am concerned with the objective reporting in this area regarding the redskins and owner daniel snyder. He has kept his mouth shut since gibbs came back but in the 3rd year could it be that snyder can't hold back anymore and start meddling with gibbs?
Now that Riggo is on Dan Snyders payroll, there is no objective opinions on the organization anymore in this town except for La Canfora. Who I worry now will lose his credentials from fedex field.

Posted by: Robert A Bowie | September 1, 2006 10:15 PM

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