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The Best Washington Redskins Coaches of All Time

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List RulesVote up the top Washington Redskins coaches.

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

    Age: 80

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMocksville, 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

    Dec. at 72 (1918-1990)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceVirginia

    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

    Dec. at 57 (1913-1970)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew 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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    NationalityUnited States of America, Germany

    BirthplaceMcDonald, Pennsylvania

    TeamsNew 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 seasons....  more
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    Jack Pardee

    Dec. at 77 (1936-2013)

    NationalityCanada, United States of America

    BirthplaceExira, 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

    Dec. at 82 (1921-2003)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois, United States of America

    TeamsCleveland Browns

    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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    Curly Lambeau

    Dec. at 67 (1898-1965)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceGreen 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 and fellow Green...  more

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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceOak Park, Illinois

    TeamsEastern 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. During...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew 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 National Football...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceMarine 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 served as...  more
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    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceNew 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 his...  more
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    Ray Flaherty

    Dec. at 91 (1903-1994)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSpokane, 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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    Turk Edwards

    Dec. at 66 (1907-1973)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceWashington

    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 Redskins,...  more
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    Lud Wray

    Dec. at 73 (1894-1967)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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 Eagles of the...  more
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    Dick Todd

    Dec. at 85 (1914-1999)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceThrall, 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 career...  more
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    William Henry Dietz

    Dec. at 80 (1884-1964)

    BirthplaceRice 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 (1915–1917), Purdue...  more
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    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 from...  more
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    Joe Kuharich

    Dec. at 64 (1917-1981)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSouth 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 and...  more
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    Dutch Bergman

    Dec. at 77 (1895-1972)

    BirthplacePeru, 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 and Mechanic...  more
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    John Whelchel

    Dec. at 75 (1898-1973)

    BirthplaceHogansville, 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 college...  more
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    Jay Gruden

    Age: 53

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceTiffin, Ohio

    TeamsLouisville 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). During...  more
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    Dudley DeGroot

    Dec. at 71 (1899-1970)

    BirthplaceChicago, 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 National...  more
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    Bill McPeak

    Dec. at 65 (1926-1991)

    BirthplaceNew Castle, Pennsylvania

    William Patrick McPeak (July 24, 1926 – May 7, 1991) was an American football player and National Football League coach....  more
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    Bill Austin

    Dec. at 85 (1928-2013)

    NationalityUnited States of America

    BirthplaceSan Pedro, Los Angeles, California

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    Mike Nixon

    Dec. at 89 (1911-2000)

    BirthplaceMasontown, Pennsylvania

    Michael Regis Nixon (November 21, 1911 – September 22, 2000) was an American football player, coach and scout who spent close to a half-century connected to the game. His most prominent positions...  more