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List of Washington Redskins head coaches

1971 to 1977 and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

This is a complete list of Washington Redskins head coaches. There have been 28 head coaches for the Washington Redskins, including coaches for the Boston Redskins (1933–1936) and Boston Braves (1932), of the National Football League (NFL). The Redskins franchise was founded as the Boston Braves, named after the local baseball franchise. The team changed their name to the Redskins in 1933 and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1937.[1]

Joe Gibbs is the only coach to have more than one tenure.[2] Two different coaches have won NFL championships with the team: Ray Flaherty in 1937 and 1942, and Joe Gibbs in 1982, 1987 and 1991.[3] Gibbs is the all-time leader in games coached and wins, and Dudley DeGroot leads all coaches in winning percentage with .737 (with at least one full season coached).[4] Mike Nixon is statistically the worst coach the Redskins have had in terms of winning percentage, with .182.[5]

Of the 28 Redskins coaches, seven have been elected into the [6] Several former players have been head coach for the Redskins, including Turk Edwards, Dick Todd, Jack Pardee and Richie Petitbon. In addition, former players have become assistant coaches, such as Earnest Byner, Russ Grimm, and Keenan McCardell. On January 5, 2010 the Redskins hired former Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders coach Mike Shanahan. Shanahan went 24–40 during four seasons in charge, before he was fired on December 30, 2013.[7]

Key

# Number of coaches[a]
GC Games Coached
W Wins
L Loses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Redskins


Coaches

Curly Lambeau was the head coach of the Redskins from 1952 to 1953. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
Lone Star Dietz was the head coach of the Redskins from 1933 to 1934.
Joe Gibbs was the head coach of the Redskins from 1981 to 1992 and, again from 2004 to 2007. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
Marty Schottenheimer was the head coach of the Redskins in 2001.
Steve Spurrier was the head coach of the Redskins from 2002 to 2003.
Jim Zorn was the head coach of the Redskins from 2008 to 2009.
Note: Statistics are accurate through week 7 of the 2015 NFL season.
# Name Term Regular season Playoffs Awards Ref.
GC W L T Win% GC W L
Boston Braves
1 Lud Wray 1932 10 4 4 2 .500 [8]
Boston Redskins
2 Lone Star Dietz* [b] 19331934* 24 11 11 2 .500 [9]
3 Eddie Casey* 1935* 11 2 8 1 .200 [10]
Washington Redskins
4 Ray Flaherty 19361942 78 54 21 3 .720 4 2 2 [11]
5 Dutch Bergman* 1943* 10 6 3 1 .667 2 1 1 [12]
6 Dudley DeGroot* [c] 19441945* 20 14 5 1 .737 1 0 1 [4]
7 Turk Edwards* ‡ 19461948* 35 16 18 1 .471 [13]
8 John Whelchel* [d] 1949* 7 3 3 1 .500 [14]
9 Herman Ball* [e] 19491951* 20 4 16 0 .200 [15]
10 Dick Todd* 1951* 9 5 4 0 .556 [16]
11 Curly Lambeau 19521953 24 10 13 1 .435 [17]
12 Joe Kuharich 19541958 60 26 32 2 .448 Sporting News Coach of the Year (1955)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1955)[18]
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13 Mike Nixon 19591960 24 4 18 2 .182 [5]
14 Bill McPeak* 19611965* 70 21 46 3 .313 [20]
15 Otto Graham* ‡ 19661968* 42 17 22 3 .436 [21]
16 Vince Lombardi[f] 1969 14 7 5 2 .583 [22]
17 Bill Austin 1970 14 6 8 0 .429 [23]
18 George Allen 19711977 98 67 30 1 .691 7 2 5 AP Coach of the Year (1971)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1971)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1971)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1971)[18]
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19 Jack Pardee 19781980 48 24 24 0 .500 AP Coach of the Year (1979)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1979)
[25]
20 Joe Gibbs* † [Total] 19811992* 184 124 60 0 .674 21 16 5 AP Coach of the Year (1982, 1983)
Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year (1982, 1983)
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1982, 1983, 1991)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1982)[18]
[2]
21 Richie Petitbon* 1993* 16 4 12 0 .250 [26]
22 Norv Turner 19942000 109 49 59 1 .454 2 1 1 [27]
23 Terry Robiskie [h] 2000 3 1 2 0 .333 [28]
24 Marty Schottenheimer 2001 16 8 8 0 .500 [29]
25 Steve Spurrier* 20022003* 32 12 20 0 .375 [30]
Joe Gibbs* † [Total] 20042007* 64 30 34 0 .469 3 1 2 [2]
26 Jim Zorn* 20082009* 32 12 20 0 .375 [31]
27 Mike Shanahan 20102013 64 24 40 0 .375 1 0 1 [32]
28 Jay Gruden 2014–present 23 7 16 0 .304 0 0 0 [33]

Notes

  • a A running total of the number of coaches of the Redskins. Thus any coach who has two separate terms as head coach is only counted once.
  • b Boston Braves after leaving the stadium they shared with the baseball team of the same name. He chose the name Redskins in honor of Dietz, who was Sioux.
  • c DeGroot was a member of the United States rugby team that won an Olympic gold medal during the 1924 competition in Paris.
  • d Released after seven games in 1949.
  • e Released after three games in 1951.
  • f Lombardi died before the start of the 1970 season.
  • Total Gibbs full coaching record with the Redskins is 248 regular season games coached with a record of 154–94–0 and a W–L percentage of .621. He is also 17–7 in 24 Playoff games.
  • h Took over for last 3 games of the season.

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