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The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time 

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There have been many Washington Redskins coaches since the team got its start, but who is truly the best Washington Redskins coach of all time? Help us answer that question by upvoting your personal favorite Washington Redskins coaches, and downvoting any that you believe brought the team down.
 
When you think of Redskins coaches, you think Joe Gibbs. Under his leadership from 1981-1992, the Redskins played in four Super Bowl games, winning 3 of them. This includes their first NFL Championship ever, which was won against the Miami Dolphins, a team that had previously defeated Washington. Outside of Gibbs, there have been no Washington Championships, with the team struggling to make a splash in the NFC.
 
Who is the greatest Washington Redskins coach of all time? Let us know by upvoting for your favorite head coaches below that you believe really made an impact on the franchise.
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Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 79

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Mocksville, North Carolina, United States of America

Joe Jackson Gibbs (born November 25, 1940) is a retired American football coach, NASCAR Cup Series and NASCAR Xfinity Series team owner, and former NHRA team owner. He was the 20th and 26th head ...more

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George Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Virginia

George Herbert Allen (April 29, 1918 – December 31, 1990) was an American football coach in the National Football League and the United States Football League. He was inducted into the Virginia ...more

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Vince Lombardi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Vincent Thomas Lombardi (June 11, 1913 – September 3, 1970) was an American football player, coach, and executive in the National Football League (NFL). He is best known as the head coach of the ...more

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Marty Schottenheimer is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 76

Nationality: United States of America, Germany

Birthplace: McDonald, Pennsylvania

Teams: New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Boston Patriots

Martin Edward Schottenheimer (; born September 23, 1943) is a former professional American football player and coach who served as a head coach in the National Football League (NFL) for 21 ...more
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Jack Pardee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

Nationality: Canada, United States of America

Birthplace: Exira, Iowa

John Perry Pardee (April 19, 1936 – April 1, 2013) was an American football linebacker and the only head coach to helm a team in college football, the National Football League (NFL), the United ...more

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Otto Graham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Northwestern Wildcats football

Otto Everett Graham Jr. (December 6, 1921 – December 17, 2003) was an American football quarterback who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and National ...more

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Mike Shanahan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois

Teams: Eastern Illinois Panthers Football Team

Michael Edward Shanahan (born August 24, 1952) is a former American football coach, best known as the head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL) from 1995 to 2008. ...more
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Jay Gruden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 52

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Tiffin, Ohio

Teams: Louisville Cardinals football, Tampa Bay Storm, Orlando Predators, Barcelona Dragons

Jay Michael Gruden (born March 4, 1967) is an American football coach and former quarterback, who is the current head coach of the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). ...more
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Curly Lambeau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 67 (1898-1965)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin

Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965) was a professional American football player and coach in the National Football League (NFL). Lambeau, along with his friend ...more

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Ray Flaherty is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 91 (1903-1994)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Raymond Paul Flaherty (September 1, 1903 – July 19, 1994) was an American football player and coach in the National Football League, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was part of ...more
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Richie Petitbon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 81

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Richard Alvin Petitbon (born April 18, 1938) is a former American football safety and coach. Petitbon first attended Loyola University New Orleans on a track and field scholarship and left after ...more
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Norv Turner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 67

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

Norvan Eugene Turner (born May 17, 1952) is an American football coach who is currently the offensive coordinator for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. Turner has also ...more
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Turk Edwards is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 66 (1907-1973)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Washington

Albert Glen "Turk" Edwards (September 28, 1907 – January 12, 1973) was an American football tackle in the National Football League (NFL). He played his entire career for the Washington ...more
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Lud Wray is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 73 (1894-1967)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

James R. Ludlow "Lud" Wray (February 7, 1894 – July 24, 1967) was a professional American football player, coach, and co-founder, with college teammate Bert Bell, of the Philadelphia ...more
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John Whelchel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
John Whelchel Dec. at 75 (1898-1973)

Birthplace: Hogansville, Georgia

John Esten "Billick" Whelchel (April 1, 1898 – November 5, 1973) was a decorated officer in the United States Navy with the rank of Vice Admiral, American football player, coach, and ...more
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Dutch Bergman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

Birthplace: Peru, Indiana

Arthur J. "Dutch" Bergman (February 23, 1895 – August 18, 1972) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the New Mexico College of Agriculture ...more
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Joe Kuharich is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 64 (1917-1981)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana

Joseph Lawrence Kuharich (April 14, 1917 – January 25, 1981) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at the University of San Francisco from 1948 to 1951 ...more
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William Henry Dietz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
William Henry Dietz Dec. at 80 (1884-1964)

Birthplace: Rice Lake, Wisconsin, United States of America

William Henry "Lone Star" Dietz (August 17, 1884 – July 20, 1964) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Washington State University ...more
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Dick Todd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: Thrall, Texas

Richard S. Todd (October 2, 1914 – November 9, 1999) was an American football player and coach for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League (NFL). During his eight-year playing ...more
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Bill Austin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 85 (1928-2013)

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: San Pedro, Los Angeles, California

William, Bill or Billy Austin may refer to:
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Bill McPeak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Bill McPeak Dec. at 65 (1926-1991)

Birthplace: New Castle, Pennsylvania

William Patrick McPeak (July 24, 1926 – May 7, 1991) was an American football player and National Football League coach.
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Dudley DeGroot is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Dec. at 71 (1899-1970)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Dudley Sargent DeGroot (November 10, 1899 – May 5, 1970) was an American athlete and coach, primarily of American football. He served as the head coach for the Washington Redskins of the ...more
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Terry Robiskie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Age: 65

Nationality: United States of America

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Terrance Joseph "Terry" Robiskie (born November 12, 1954) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the running backs coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the ...more

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Herman Ball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Herman Ball Dec. at 89 (1910-1999)
Herman Ball (May 9, 1910 – January 12, 1999) was a football player and coach who was a long-time assistant in the National Football League and served as head coach of the Washington Redskins ...more
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Eddie Casey is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time
Eddie Casey Dec. at 72 (1894-1966)

Birthplace: Natick, Massachusetts

Edward Lawrence Casey (May 16, 1894 – July 26, 1966) was an American football player and coach. He played college football at Harvard University and was inducted to the College Football Hall of ...more