List of Washington Redskins head coaches
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.
Joe Gibbs is the only coach to have more than one tenure. Two different coaches have won NFL championships with the team: Ray Flaherty in 1937 and 1942, and Joe Gibbs in 1982, 1987 and 1991. 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). Mike Nixon is statistically the worst coach the Redskins have had in terms of winning percentage, with .182.
Of the 28 Redskins coaches, seven have been elected into the  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.
|#||Number of coaches[a]|
|†||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach|
|‡||Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player|
|*||Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Redskins|
Coaches2015 NFL season.
|2||Lone Star Dietz* [b]||1933–1934*||24||11||11||2||.500||–|||
|4||Ray Flaherty †||1936–1942||78||54||21||3||.720||4||2||2|||
|6||Dudley DeGroot* [c]||1944–1945*||20||14||5||1||.737||1||0||1|||
|7||Turk Edwards* ‡||1946–1948*||35||16||18||1||.471||–|||
|8||John Whelchel* [d]||1949*||7||3||3||1||.500||–|||
|9||Herman Ball* [e]||1949–1951*||20||4||16||0||.200||–|||
|11||Curly Lambeau †||1952–1953||24||10||13||1||.435||–|||
Sporting News Coach of the Year (1955)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1955)
|15||Otto Graham* ‡||1966–1968*||42||17||22||3||.436||–|||
|16||Vince Lombardi † [f]||1969||14||7||5||2||.583||–|||
|18||George Allen †||1971–1977||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)
AP Coach of the Year (1979)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1979)
|20||Joe Gibbs* † [Total]||1981–1992*||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)
|23||Terry Robiskie [h]||2000||3||1||2||0||.333||–|||
|–||Joe Gibbs* † [Total]||2004–2007*||64||30||34||0||.469||3||1||2|||
- 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.